Mary, Mother of Jesus (film)

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Mary, Mother of Jesus
Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999) Film Poster.jpg
Film Poster
Written by Albert Ross
Directed by Kevin Connor
Theme music composer Ken Thorne
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Cinematography Elemér Ragályi
Editor(s) Barry Peters
Running time 88 minutes
Production company(s)  • HCC Happy Crew Company
 • Hallmark Entertainment
 • The Shriver Family Film Company
Distributor NBC, et al.
Original release
  • November 14, 1999 (1999-11-14)

Mary, Mother of Jesus is a 1999 American Biblical drama television film that retells the story of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, his mother.


The film emphasizes Mary's importance in Jesus's life, suggesting that his parables were inspired by stories she told him in his childhood. This, and similar details about Jesus's upbringing, cannot be confirmed, but are certainly not impossible. The resurrected Jesus also appears to his mother privately. This event is not found in the Gospels, but is probably based on an ancient Catholic tradition (not official teaching) that he appeared to her first of all people. The tradition influenced Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises among others. The film closes with Mary suggesting the disciples should start preaching about her son.


It stars Swedish actresses Pernilla August and Melinda Kinnaman as Mary, English actor David Threlfall as Joseph and British actor Christian Bale as Jesus. The film was produced by American Eunice Kennedy Shriver and aired on NBC.



The film currently holds a 48% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]

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  1. ^ "Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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