EDITOR: The Easter season is upon us; the season of eggs and bunnies and family celebrations and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. But there is one thing missing for me — “The Fourth Wiseman”. Yes, my favorite Easter — no, Christmas — no, make that Christmas/Easter — movie is missing, again! I have had three copies of it over the years. Each one I have lended out because the story is so moving that I wanted to share it. And three times I have lost track of it. Recently I tried to buy my fourth copy, but it seems to be scarce in the stores these days.
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This movie is perfect for the season (meaning anytime between Christmas and Easter). It perfectly demonstrates the teachings of Jesus through the actions and attitudes of a medical magi who has missed the rendezvous with his three magi friends who are searching for a newborn king predicted to be born under a shining star which has recently appeared.
Martin Sheen does a marvelous job at portraying this driven, compassionate man who is always just a step behind them. In the end … well, I am not going to spoil it for you by telling you the end, but I will tell you that Alan Arkin does a great job at playing the faithful and amusing, yet reluctant servant. Eileen Brennen is also outstanding. Charlie Sheen even has a brief appearance as a Roman soldier.
All in all it is a great family Christmas — I mean Easter — I mean Christmas/Easter or anytime movie, with many memorable moments and a wonderful message. I hope you will find a copy and see for yourself. And by the way, if any of you happen to have one of my copies, please give it back … you know who you are. (But I sure can’t remember).
TERESA L. ADAMS