Talk:The Message (1976 film)

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Stop taking out the director information[edit]

I keep getting reverted everytime I add information on the film director. We are providing information about the film on this page and who the director was is part of the article.--CltFn 01:15, 17 November 2005 (UTC)

thanks for discussing first. your edits are reverted because you keep removing the information that this is the english cast. the arabic version had a completely different arabic-speaking cast. additionally you list the director under the "cast" section. "cast" does not include "director". in any case, the director's name is already listed in the intro. finally, the article is about the film, not the director. for info about Moustapha Akkad, go to his page. accordingly, the edits are rolled back. a further revert from you will be in breach of 3-revert rule, so please get agreement on this talk page first before proceeding! thanks. Niz 01:27, 17 November 2005 (UTC)
If you look at the changes I made , it says cast and crew. Yes this article is about the film , and that includes information on the director . If you go to IMDB you will see that the director is always included in pages on films. So I do not understand what is the problem or are you taking this as some sort of blasphemy of your religion? --CltFn 04:56, 18 November 2005 (UTC)
Furthermore you seem to have a misunderstanding about the 3RR rules which you can clear up here Wikipedia:Three-revert rule.--CltFn 13:18, 18 November 2005 (UTC)
Funnily enough, nobody has pointed out that The Nation of Islam (followers of the The Nation of Islam are Black Muslims) is an American organization that has about as much hand in Middle-Eastern affairs as the IRA does in China. The Nation of Islam, despite its name, is NOT a division of Islam - it is a black seperatist movement, noted for its prominence in the 1960's and 70's. And if you're going to try and refute me on this, you better be familiar with the works of Malcolm X or you're wasting my time. Citing Akkad's death in a movie's article because of the unbelievably rare possibility that a group of African-American seperatists flew out to Syria to target Akkad 30 years after his movie's release is about as sensical as including supports to the conspiracy theory that aliens from outer space built the Egyptian pyramids in the article about ancient Egyptians. Include all the information you want about this unlikely "coincidence" here. --S.M. 23:12, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Mustafa Akkad[edit]

I believe the part about Akkad dying is totally irrelevant to the film page and is already discussed on both his biography and the 2005 Amman bombings. Unless Al-Qaeda has claimed it killed him for making the film (Which it has not) then it's about as relevant as the name of his daughter, his favorite color, or his blood type. Palm_Dogg 20:04, 14 January 2006 (UTC)

Regardless of Al-Qaeda's intention , the fact remains that he was killed by them , interestingly enough , he had been threatened for years by extremists for making the film, coincidence? In any case it is relevant to the article about the film.--CltFn 20:28, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
If you can give me a citation that Akkad "had been threatened for years" I'll concede that it's relevant. Palm_Dogg 22:03, 14 January 2006 (UTC)
here, here and here. I've just cited his film on Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy for this very reason (I have tears in my eyes as I read this). Netscott 05:26, 14 February 2006 (UTC)

NPOV → "prophet"[edit]

I apologize, this may seem trivial. Nontheless, Wikipedia strives to be neutral. Therefore, it is more suitable to refer to Muhammad as "prophet", instead "Prophet". PJ 20:50, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

If this were a historical article I would completely agree with you. However, this is a decidedly POV film with a POV name, and in this case "Prophet" is a title, like "Pope" or "King" or "President". Palm_Dogg 21:02, 8 February 2006 (UTC)
I would agree... if they film calls him "The Prophet" then he is "The Prophet" as a character... when we refer to the historical basis for this film he hs Muhammad... or "prophet of Islam". Right? I will check this and maybe remove NPOV if those criteria are met? gren グレン 19:12, 1 May 2006 (UTC)

Keep it as "The Prophet", since that is the name of the character --ĶĩřβȳŤįɱéØ 00:13, 5 May 2006 (UTC)

Your right you are being extremely trivial or have some POV issues yourself, please do not taint Wikipedia with them.

I now soppose you will go to all Wikipedia articles regarding Prophets of Religion to impose your version of "neutrality".

Get over it and dont make POV edits under the guise of neutrality.

Taz Manchester 06:44, 1 September 2006 (UTC)Taz Manchester

Small addition[edit]

Im thinking of editing the last line in the first paragraph to something similiar to this : Instead actors were left to talk to the camera,quote Mohammed, or say what Mohammed was believed to have said.

In some scenes they would have a messenger say what Mohammed said, and in other cases they would say "Mohammed says..."

if that's accurate, then definitely put it in. i was curious, reading the article, how they went a whole movie talking to the camera. --dan 18:30, 5 September 2006 (UTC)

"The film was widely panned by critics and became a box office flop"[edit]

I searched it on rottentomatoes (2 good reviews, 2 "meh") and metacritic (unlisted) and couldn't find any box office information. Anyone have sources for these?--KingZog 07:13, 9 May 2006 (UTC)


is there a full article on the terrorist incident?

if not, then until there is maybe a terrorism tag (or terrorist incidents, or whatever) should go on this article.


No need for (film) dab. --Striver 18:36, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Small edition[edit]

"Finally, when the film was scheduled to premier in the U.S., another Muslim extremist group staged a siege against the Washington D.C. chapter of the B'nai B'rith under the mistaken belief that Anthony Quinn played Mohammed in the film, threatening to blow up the building and its inhabitants unless the film's opening was cancelled. The standoff was resolved without explosion or injuries, though the film's American box office prospects never recovered from the unfortunate controversy." (Quotation New York Times)

This should be mentioned on the mainpage according to my judgement.

Austerlitz -- (talk) 12:06, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

I agree that this seems important enough to include. (talk) 14:02, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

"Arabic acting style differs significantly from that of Hollywood"[edit]

I would like to see more information on this topic. Perhaps it merits an article of its own? Too Old (talk) 19:45, 16 September 2012 (UTC)

Standardization of Muhammad's name..[edit]

Realizing that it seems vitally important to some people, I notice that the name Muhammad is spelled differently in the articla and on the title of the movie. Is this deliberately keeping the title accurate while using the latest trend in phonetic translation in the body, or should the two spellings be made to match? Xuancris (talk) 23:42, 9 March 2013 (UTC)