History Film / MohammadMessengerOfGod

22nd Nov '15 12:43:30 PM SuperTechmarine
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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, initially shooting in Morocco (with the blessings of King Hassan II), only to be kicked out several months later when the King changed his mind. After shutting production down for two months, Akkad somehow managed to get funding and filming locations from none other then dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi of Lybia (who even provided a few thousand soldiers from his army to act as extras).
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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, initially shooting in Morocco (with the blessings of King Hassan II), only to be kicked out several months later when the King changed his mind. After shutting production down for two months, Akkad somehow managed to get funding and filming locations from none other then dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi of Lybia Libya (who even provided a few thousand soldiers from his army to act as extras).
13th Jun '15 5:09:18 PM AllenbysEyes
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Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; The Supreme Council of the World Mosque Conference in Mecca denounced the film, and the scholars from The Council of Islamic Research at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, who had helped research and approve the script, [[FaceHeelTurn condemned the film]] as an insult to Islam. In short, ''nobody'' in the Islamic world seemed to approve the movie, and it was widely banned (though Turkey and Tunisia did show it for a short while).
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Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; The Supreme Council of the World Mosque Conference in Mecca denounced the film, and the scholars from The Council of Islamic Research at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, who had helped research and approve the script, [[FaceHeelTurn condemned the film]] as an insult to Islam. It was even rumored that the King of Saudi Arabia offered to pay Akkad several million dollars to stop filming; naturally, Akkad refused the offer. In short, ''nobody'' in the Islamic world seemed to approve the movie, and it was widely banned (though Turkey and Tunisia did show it for a short while).

Despite its later reputation as a flop, ''Mohammad'' was successful upon its initial release. The film did particularly well in the UK, where it held the number one box office spot for several weeks. Critical reviews, however, were largely scathing, and the turmoil surrounding its production and release overshadowed its box office take. Akkad's attempted follow-up, the Libyan-set historical epic ''Lion of the Desert'' (also starring Anthony Quinn), was the opposite, bombing with audiences despite favorable reviews.
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Despite its later reputation as a flop, ''Mohammad'' was successful upon its initial release. The film did particularly well in the UK, where it held the number one box office spot for several weeks. Critical reviews, however, were largely scathing, and the turmoil surrounding its production and release overshadowed its box office take. Akkad's attempted follow-up, the Libyan-set historical epic ''Lion of the Desert'' (also starring Anthony Quinn), was the opposite, [[CriticalDissonance bombing with audiences despite favorable reviews.reviews]].
13th Jun '15 5:06:14 PM AllenbysEyes
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Despite its later reputation as a flop, ''Mohammad'' was successful upon its initial release. The film did particularly well in the UK, where it held the number one box office spot for several weeks. Critical reviews, however, were largely scathing, and the turmoil surrounding its production and release overshadowed its box office take. Akkad's attempted follow-up, the Libyan-set historical epic ''Lion of the Desert'' (also starring Anthony Quinn), was a colossal bomb despite favorable reviews.
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Despite its later reputation as a flop, ''Mohammad'' was successful upon its initial release. The film did particularly well in the UK, where it held the number one box office spot for several weeks. Critical reviews, however, were largely scathing, and the turmoil surrounding its production and release overshadowed its box office take. Akkad's attempted follow-up, the Libyan-set historical epic ''Lion of the Desert'' (also starring Anthony Quinn), was a colossal bomb the opposite, bombing with audiences despite favorable reviews.
13th Jun '15 5:04:56 PM AllenbysEyes
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Despite its later reputation as a flop, ''Mohammad'' was successful upon its initial release. The film did particularly well in the UK, where it held the number one box office spot for several weeks. Critical reviews, however, were largely scathing, and the turmoil surrounding its production and release overshadowed its box office take. Akkad's attempted follow-up, the Libyan-set historical epic ''Lion of the Desert'' (also starring Anthony Quinn), was a colossal bomb despite favorable reviews.
19th Apr '15 11:19:23 AM Kotrag
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* {{Badass}}: Hazrat Hamza ibn Abdul Muttalib was this to the point he makes the heroes in the Bible look restrained. This was a man who considered hunting ''lions'' to be a form of relaxation for God's sake. Oh yes, and what does he do as soon as he comes back from a leisurely hunt and hears from his slave that the lords of Mecca, particularly Abu Jahal, have disrespected his nephew the Prophet? He rides to the Kaaba in broad daylight and cracks their skulls open with his bow, dare the guys to get up and hit him back, declare his conversion to Islam in a city full of murderous pagan bastards while doing the medieval Arabic equivalent of COME AT ME BRO. Not a ''single'' person in Mecca ''dared'' to get in his way. The best part? Abu Jahal himself was so scared shitless of this guy that he basically says, "I deserve this. I am sorry." THAT'S HOW BADASS HAMZA WAS. Looking at a biography of this guy is basically like reading an Icelandic Saga. ** He tops it later at the Battle of Badr where he two others are called by Utba, the greatest warrior the Meccans had on call at the time, to engage with their chieftains in a TrialByChampion. Hamza faced Utba in single combat and slaughtered him with a single blow. CurbStompBattle indeed. ** Another one of his moments from the same battle which sadly didn't make it to the movie. When Al-Aaswad ibn Abdalasad al-Makhzumi swore he would single-handedly carry the walls of Medina and be the first to drink from its well, Hamza became furious at this arrogance, personally sought him out [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe and pretty much bisected him from the waist]]. The top half of his body fell towards the cistern and he started to crawl over to it to make good on his promise. [[NoSell Hazrat Hamza saw this, walked over to his body, and cut his head off]]. ** The movie even had to ''downplay'' his badass feats! During the Battle of Uhud where he died he was charging at the ''[[InHarmsWay centre of the Meccan army]]'' dual wielding [[{{BFS}} giant swords]] and roaring at the terrified Meccans '''"[[BadassBoast I AM THE LION OF GOD!]]"''', [[OneManArmy killing EVERYONE in his path]]! Who gets him? An Abbyssinian hiding several metres away from the battlefield with javelin, and even when he throws it and gets a direct hit, he's still too scared to approach Hamza's body because he's afraid he'll just get up and cut his head off. He ends up waiting for ''days'' to make sure he's dead and-- you know what? Let Haishi ibn Harb [[note]][[AwesomeMcCoolName trans. The Savage Son of War]][[/note]] himself tell you how it went down. -->""On the Day of Uhud I was pursuing Hamzah. [[TheBerserker He was attacking the centre of the army like a ferocious lion]]. He killed every one whom he could approach. I hid myself behind the trees and stones, so that he could not see me. He was too busy in fighting. I came out of ambush. Being an Ethiopian, I used to throw my weapon like them (i.e. like the Ethiopians) and it seldom missed the target. I, therefore, threw my javelin towards him from a specific distance after moving it in a particular manner. The weapon fell on his flank and came out from between his two legs. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome He wanted to attack me but severe pain prevented him from doing so]]. He remained in the same condition till his soul departed from his body. Then I approached him very carefully and having taken out my weapon from his body returned to the army of Quraysh and waited for my freedom. -->After the Battle of Uhud, I continued to live in Makkah for quite a long time until the Muslims conquered Makkah. I then ran away to Ta'if, but soon Islam reach that area as well. [[AllLovingHero I heard that however grave the crime of a person might be, the Prophet forgave him]]. I, therefore, reached the Prophet with Shahadatayn on my lips (i.e., I testify that there is no god but Allah and I also testify that Muhammad is His Prophet). The Prophet saw me and said "Are you the same Wahshi, an Ethiopian?" I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon he said: "How did you kill Hamzah?" I gave an account of the matter. The Prophet was moved and said: "I should not see your face until you are alive, because the heart-rending calamity fell upon my uncle at your hands". -->So long as the Prophet was alive I kept myself hidden from him. After his death the battle with Musaylimah Kazzab took place. I joined the army of Islam and used the same weapon against Musaylimah and succeeded in killing him with the help of one of the Ansar. [[WorthyOpponent If I killed the best of men (i.e. Hamzah) with this weapon]], the worst man, too, did not escape its horror".
26th Nov '14 9:31:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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Judging by how scrupulously the film avoids depicting him, it's doubtful that they would do it on the poster.
** It is possible (though not confirmed), that the anonymous, unidentified hand holding the flag on the poster is Mohammad's.
1st Oct '13 7:06:13 PM HalcyonDayz
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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, initially shooting in Morocco (with the blessings of King Hassan II), only to be kicked out several months later when the King changed his mind. After shutting production down for two months, Akkad somehow managed to get funding and filming locations from none other then dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi of Lydia (who even provided a few thousand soldiers from his army to act as extras).
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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, initially shooting in Morocco (with the blessings of King Hassan II), only to be kicked out several months later when the King changed his mind. After shutting production down for two months, Akkad somehow managed to get funding and filming locations from none other then dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi of Lydia Lybia (who even provided a few thousand soldiers from his army to act as extras).
23rd Jul '13 12:22:17 AM Troper251
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Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; the supreme council of the world mosque conference in Mecca denounced the film, and the scholars from The Council of Islamic Research at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, who had helped research and approve the script, [[FaceHeelTurn denounced the film]] as an insult to Islam. In short, ''nobody'' in the Islamic world seemed to approve the movie, and it was widely banned (though Turkey and Tunisia did show it for a short while).
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Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; the supreme council The Supreme Council of the world mosque conference World Mosque Conference in Mecca denounced the film, and the scholars from The Council of Islamic Research at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, who had helped research and approve the script, [[FaceHeelTurn denounced condemned the film]] as an insult to Islam. In short, ''nobody'' in the Islamic world seemed to approve the movie, and it was widely banned (though Turkey and Tunisia did show it for a short while).

* TheVoiceless[=/=]TheGhost: For ''[[AgainstMyReligion very obvious reasons]],'' Muhammad is never seen or heard in the film. The closest we ever get to seeing him is glimpses of his staff, sword, and camel. Interestingly, at certain times the film actually has the camera present Mohammad's point of view (though he remains silent).
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* TheVoiceless[=/=]TheGhost: For ''[[AgainstMyReligion very obvious reasons]],'' Muhammad is never seen or heard in the film. The closest we ever get to seeing him is glimpses of his staff, sword, tent, and camel. Interestingly, at certain times the film actually has the camera present Mohammad's point of view (though he remains silent).
23rd Jul '13 12:20:32 AM Troper251
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Updated the film's backstory after doing a little more research
Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, though he did get help from none other then the rulers of Morocco and Libya (King Hassan II and Muammar al-Gaddafi, respectively), who both provided funding and location shooting. Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; the film was banned in several Middle-Eastern countries at the time due to religious conflicts over the idea of a movie about Mohammad. Even worse, a radical group, believing that the film was sacrilegious, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Hanafi_Muslim_Siege took 149 hostages in a siege shortly after the film's release]], and killed a reporter and police officer, while demanding that all copies of the film be destroyed (though they did have other demands that were not related to the film). Despite its troubled production and release (and subsequent fall into obscurity), the film seems to be enjoying a slow, but steady rise in critical favor, with many noting that it tries to present a balanced view of Islam and Mohammad (Akkad worked closely with Islamic scholars and religious groups to ensure accuracy to the Quaran). A [[http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/10/28/remake-of-respectful-mohammed-movie-is-planned/ remake]] was talked about in 2008, but nothing has been heard about it since. Coupled with the current political climate regarding Islam, it remains to be seen if it will ever be made.
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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, though he did initially shooting in Morocco (with the blessings of King Hassan II), only to be kicked out several months later when the King changed his mind. After shutting production down for two months, Akkad somehow managed to get help funding and filming locations from none other then the rulers of Morocco and Libya (King Hassan II and dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, respectively), who both al-Gaddafi of Lydia (who even provided funding and location shooting. a few thousand soldiers from his army to act as extras). Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; the film supreme council of the world mosque conference in Mecca denounced the film, and the scholars from The Council of Islamic Research at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, who had helped research and approve the script, [[FaceHeelTurn denounced the film]] as an insult to Islam. In short, ''nobody'' in the Islamic world seemed to approve the movie, and it was widely banned in several Middle-Eastern countries at (though Turkey and Tunisia did show it for a short while). But worst of all came on the time due to religious conflicts over eve of the idea of a movie about Mohammad. Even worse, film's US release, when a radical group, believing that the film was sacrilegious, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Hanafi_Muslim_Siege took 149 hostages in a siege shortly after the film's release]], and siege]], killed a reporter and police officer, while demanding and demanded that all copies of the film be destroyed (though they did have other demands that were not related to the film). film), eventually being persuaded by ambassadors from several Islamic countries to end the siege peacefully. Despite its troubled production and release (and subsequent fall into obscurity), the film seems to be enjoying a slow, but steady slow rise in critical favor, with many noting that it tries to present a balanced balanced, respectful view of Islam and Mohammad (Akkad worked closely with Islamic scholars and religious groups to ensure accuracy to the Quaran).Mohammad. A [[http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/10/28/remake-of-respectful-mohammed-movie-is-planned/ remake]] was talked about in 2008, but nothing has been heard about it since. Coupled with the current political climate regarding Islam, it remains to be seen if it will ever be made.

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Though born from a personal desire of director Akkad to try and help bridge the cultural gap between Western and Islamic cultures, to say the film had a difficult time getting to the big screen ** It is an understatement. Due to Hollywood's resistance in tackling the subject matter, and difficulty securing funding, Akkad eventually had to leave the United States in order to make it, and continued to encounter financing problems and religious objections to the film, though he did get help from none other then the rulers of Morocco and Libya (King Hassan II and Muammar al-Gaddafi, respectively), who both provided funding and location shooting. Unfortunately, the film's release didn't mark the end of its problems; the film was banned in several Middle-Eastern countries at the time due to religious conflicts over the idea of a movie about Mohammad. Even worse, a radical group, believing possible (though not confirmed), that the film was sacrilegious, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1977_Hanafi_Muslim_Siege took 149 hostages in a siege shortly after anonymous, unidentified hand holding the film's release]], and killed a reporter and police officer, while demanding that all copies of flag on the film be destroyed (though they did have other demands that were not related to the film). Despite its troubled production and release (and subsequent fall into obscurity), the film seems to be enjoying a slow, but steady rise in critical favor, with many noting that it tries to present a balanced view of Islam and Mohammad (Akkad worked closely with Islamic scholars and religious groups to ensure accuracy to the Quaran). A [[http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/10/28/remake-of-respectful-mohammed-movie-is-planned/ remake]] was talked about in 2008, but nothing has been heard about it since. Coupled with the current political climate regarding Islam, it remains to be seen if it will ever be made. poster is Mohammad's.
20th Jul '13 1:04:57 AM Troper251
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Despite it's troubled production and release (and subsequent fall into obscurity), the film seems to be enjoying a slow, but steady rise in critical favor, with many noting that it tries to present a balanced view of Islam and Mohammad (Akkad worked closely with Islamic scholars and religious groups to ensure accuracy to the Quaran). A [[http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/10/28/remake-of-respectful-mohammed-movie-is-planned/ remake]] was talked about in 2008, but nothing has been heard about it since. Coupled with the current political climate regarding Islam, it remains to be seen if it will ever be made.
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Despite it's its troubled production and release (and subsequent fall into obscurity), the film seems to be enjoying a slow, but steady rise in critical favor, with many noting that it tries to present a balanced view of Islam and Mohammad (Akkad worked closely with Islamic scholars and religious groups to ensure accuracy to the Quaran). A [[http://freethinker.co.uk/2008/10/28/remake-of-respectful-mohammed-movie-is-planned/ remake]] was talked about in 2008, but nothing has been heard about it since. Coupled with the current political climate regarding Islam, it remains to be seen if it will ever be made.
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