The Nativity Story

Synopsis: In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joseph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Genre: Drama, Family, History
Director(s): Catherine Hardwicke
Production: New Line Cinema
  3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


Two millennia ago, King Herod rules Judea

for Caesar Augustus and the Roman Empire.

Herod has enforced an uneasy peace

on his subjects for thirty-five years,

but the words of the ancients trouble him.

"Behold the days are coming, declapes The Lord,

when I shall raise up for David a pighteous

And he will reign as King.

In his days Judah shall be saved,

and Israel will dwell securely."

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The prophecy

will end tonight, Father.

The sons of Bethlehem

shall be no more.

A child.

For the lowest of men

to the highest of kings.

Carry out the orders of King Herod!

Not my son!

Pigeons for sacrifice!

For the temple!

For the temple!

- One half shekel for a pigeon!

- Four for sacrifice! Four.

- No blemishes!

- One shekel!

This honor is for you, Zechariah,

and your village.




Your wife will bear you a son.

You will call him John.

M-my wife is too old to bear a child.

And he will be

the prophet of the most high...

for he will make ready

a people prepared for the Lord.

But I am an old man.

You will be struck dumb

and not be able to speak...

because you believest not my words.

God bless you.

God be with you.

Bless you.


What's wrong, Zechariah?

He has seen a vision.

A vision from God!



Stop looking at him.

You'll get us in trouble.

I'm not looking at him.

Yes, you are.

No, I'm not.


Ruth is waiting for you.

But I was working.

She pays you to help her.

You can't be late.

Here, take this with you.

Hurry up.

Shalom, Mary.

Joseph. Ha ha ha!

That's all?

- It's burning.

- I know.

- Mary, you are late.

- Sorry.

You're not sorry.

Mary, the cheese.

Ask if she'll buy two today.

It will help us.

The word of the Lord

came to Elijah and God said...

"Stand on the sacred mountain."

And behold, the Lord passed by...

and a great wind rent the mountains...

and broke in pieces

the rocks before the Lord.

But the Lord was not in the wind.

And after the wind, an earthquake!

But the Lord

was not in the earthquake.

And after the earthquake, a fire!

But the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire?

A still, small voice.



We made it just this morning.

Oh, thank you. I needed more.

Herod's tax collectors

will be here tomorrow.

I know.

Does your father have enough?

I pray that he's strong.

Men have had their own children taken

to satisfy their debt.

My father would never allow that.

Of course.

God will deliver us, Mary.

Even the words I spoke to the children

tell of a new king...

for those who have nothing.

How much will you give me?

Mary, let's go.


Prepare to pay your taxes.

Two lines. Now.

Move, now.

No talking. Move.

One half shekel for the temple,

two shekels for Caesar...

by order of King Herod.

You cannot pay your tax and

you have no more land to offer.

The harvest will be strong

a few months from now.

Yes, but we are not here

for that harvest, are we?

The agreement was for you...

to hand over one-third of your land...

to satisfy your debt.

If I could have the land

for one more year...

What do you bring, huh?

What do you bring in the hope

I will grant your request?

Is that your animal?

You must pay one

half shekel for Caesar.

That's all I have!

To be different than the others.

The girl, take her.

No, no, no, please... Ali...

I pay next time twice.

She will work to pay your debt. Next.

No! No!

Aaah! Not my daughter!

- Help!

- Please, no, no!

Ali... Aliyah!



- No, please.

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Mike Rich

Michael A. "Mike" Rich (born 1959) is an American screenwriter best known for his writing on sports-related films. more…

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