The Message

  |  256 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Double-bill of historical drama. 'The Message' (1976) is a controversial film version of the life of the prophet Mohammed. Set in the 7th century, it shows how Mohammed received a message from God calling him to bring his people together under one religion and then to take arms against the city of Mecca, home of the powerful religious leaders. Mohammed is never portrayed directly in the film, but is seen rather through the effects his actions have upon others. 'Lion of the Desert' (1980) is the true story of guerilla leader Omar Mukhtar, played by Anthony Quinn. In 1929, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini (Rod Steiger) orders General Rodolfo Graziani (Oliver Reed) to crush the Bedouin guerillas in Libya. Graziani gathers together all the forces he can muster, but he still encounters stiff opposition from Mukhtar, who leads his men in a fearless desert battle against the Italians until he is finally caught and hanged.