Mother Teresa

7.01 h 52 min2003PG
The inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her calling to help the poor, the lepers, the dying and the abandoned children in the slums of Calcutta, challenging many authorities - including the church - along the way.
Fabrizio Costa
Olivia HusseyLaura MoranteEmily Hamilton
DramaFaith and SpiritualityAction
English [CC]
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Sebastiano Somma
Luca BernabeiMichael Cowan
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I was highly skeptical it would be a film worthy of Mother Teresa and the completely spiritual thrust of her life and work. Well....I couldn't have been more wrong. This film is amazing and deeply moving; I cried more than once. Olivia Hussey does a simply PHENOMENAL job of portraying Mother Teresa and bringing her to life in every way. I would NEVER have anticipated the high quality of this production before seeing it. Don't miss it!
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2019
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Very good cinematography depicting the forsaken of Calcutta. One can see how the more affluent residents of Calcutta were unhappy with what the world was seeing so many years ago. The story flowed pretty well, even though there seemed to be gaps in the early part of the movie; one could not be sure how much time had passed. I understand that this was originally a three-hour made-for-TV movie that was pared down by Amazon to two hours. The music was lovely. The acting was believable and relatable. I had not seen Olivia Hussey since she played Juliet in 1970, and I thought she acquitted herself quite well as Mother Teresa. I have never delved into the life of this woman more deeply than news stories, and some reviews state that the film glosses over some less attractive aspects of her life. Even so, one must admire anyone who took to heart the lesson of doing “unto the least of these”. I can recommend highly.
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Desert WolfReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2021
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Uninspiring Performances
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Unconvincing Performance... Olivia was much too pretty, polite, pretentious, and demuring to play Mother Teresa. I didn't believe her acting for a second. The direction and writing were equally unimpressive affecting the whole production. I could not watch the entire movie, quitting half way through it. Kolkata (Calcutta) India is a festering sewer! It is a slum filled with such vermin as to make Satan cringe. Having worked in the slums of Los Angeles and Houston as well as having visited the Mexican Cesspool called Tijuana, I assure the reader that anyone working in those oppressive opprobrious vile conditions would end up looking like the desperate despairing sewer rats who live there. I can't imagine anyone movie about Mother Teresa to be inspiring.
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sunsupsaffaReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2019
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Only 2 hours of a 3 hours of footage
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the original 2003 series Is 3 hours this is cut to only 2 hours so you miss most of the content and back story of Mother Teresa's life including the details of her calling and how she started her journey. Therefore missing so many important details. Try find it on another source and watch the complete thing. So much better that way.
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DISAPPOINTMENT GROWSReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
this is the first time i was able to grasp the true concept of what it would be like to walk with her and know her personally be
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this movie is a definite keeper. i had already watched this movie several times on youtube until it was removed for violation of copyright infringement. i am not a big movie watcher but i have always been a big fan of mother teresa. i have watched just about everything in relation to her and the MCs that is available to us today. this is the first time i was able to grasp the true concept of what it would be like to walk with her and know her personally because this movie brings her to life in a very profound way where bits and pieces of documentary can not. THE LETTERS movie to be released on DVD about the 28th of march is one i have on preorder that promises to bring mother teresa to life but i already know after seeeing this one, it will most likely pale in comparison, you just cant improve on perfect. and i did make the purchase here on amazon to buy this movie because i dont ever want to be without it. mary
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ObjectiveReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Another wannabe portrayal of a foreign land by a clueless crew.
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First off, the cinematography, accuracy of facts, spontaneity of actors and on so many other subtle levels, this movie deserves a negative score. This is a comment on the making of the movie and not Mother Teresa. Critically speaking this movie is another deplorable portrayal of a culture & period of time that the makers have no clue or complete grasp of. In the name of "Research" the time western producers & directors spend in India to "study" a period drama is falling short immensely. The ways of the times, traditions & million other minutia of India are totally culture appropriated & stereotyped. An expensive movie as "Gandhi" itself was not perfect but tolerable. This movie here is nowhere near that status. The chirpy sweet baby voices of the teen girls in the convent adds to the irritability of the whole inappropriateness & misrepresentation of the people. The storyline is handled insensitively a few times. It feels like another inaaccurate half hearted attempt in the depiction of India by yet another preconditioned, uneducated western team who come with ideas of chastising & pitying a "developing country". A grossly lacking movie which lacks soul, genuineness & grip on realism. I couldn't watch more than the first few minutes beyond the chirping of silly girls in the convent. A waste of your time.
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S. GriffithsReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Low budget
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I was really bummed- I was eager to see a good movie about Mother Teresa's life. This is NOT that movie. I only watched the first half hour and had to turn it off. It was SO low-budget- poor acting, terrible dialogue, everything was PAINFULLY fake. I thought maybe it was an old movie, so I was stunned to see it was in the 2000's. I would have guess 1960s or 70s. I have liked Olivia Hussey in some other roles, but this seemed to be entirely beyond her ability.
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LuvMiraclesReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
This Was Disappointing.
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I think I would give only 2 1/2 stars...I really liked Olivia Hussey when I saw her in the 1970's version of "Romeo & Juliet"; however, in this movie she did not seem, I got bored very quickly. I think I only watched about 15-20 minutes. I'm now reading a really amazing book about how and why she started working in Calcutta (from her personal letters/correspondence). The Answer Is Very Surprising & Extremely Interesting...I'm still reading it. This movie was a disappointment.
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