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Poll: Movie Magi: The Ultimate Gift

Whether one celebrates the Epiphany (6 January) as a religious holiday or not, the story of the Three Kings is well known. Also known as the Magi, the kings brought valuable gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus on the day this holiday commemorates. The following characters also gave gifts, not to the infant Jesus, but to their fellow human beings. Which character do you think gives the most valuable gift?

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    Christian Bale and Michael Caine in Batman Begins (2005)

    Alfred gave Bruce Wayne the gift of nurturing and parental guidance and love.
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    Morgan Freeman, Gil Bellows, and Brian Libby in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    After being wrongfully convicted, Andy DuFresne spent his time in prison helping, teaching, and inspiring others. He transformed the prison library into a great resource and taught the young Tommy, pictured standing next to Red, so that Tommy could pass his high-school equivalency exam.
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    Sofia Vassilieva and Abigail Breslin in My Sister's Keeper (2009)

    In My Sister's Keeper, Anna spends her young life donating bone marrow to her ill sister, without which her sister would die.
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    Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

    Atticus Finch risked his reputation and life to defend Tom Robinson in a racist and violent Southern American town during the Depression. (To Kill a Mockingbird)
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    Jamie Bell and Julie Walters in Billy Elliot (2000)

    In an economically depressed town, Billy Elliot both receives and gives the gift of dance.
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    Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    Captain Miller, played by Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, and the soldiers under his command, risk their lives to save another soldier.
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    Derek & Sweeney

    In American History X, Derek, played by Edward Norton, put his life in danger in order to make up for his previous wrongdoings and try to end the racism and violence in his community.
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    Jeremy Irons in The Mission (1986)

    Father Gabriel, portrayed by Jeremy Irons in The Mission, advocates strongly for the rights and lives of a native tribe in South America but when the armed Spanish and Portuguese finally come in to violently take over the land, he chooses to not fight back with force and instead dies with the native people he has lived with for years.
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    Robert De Niro in The Mission (1986)

    Rodrigo, played by Robert De Niro in The Mission, also advocates fiercely for the rights of the indigenous people of South America, but unlike Father Gabriel, this priest and redeemed slave trader takes up arms and leads several of the native people to physically fight for their land.
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    Ben Kingsley in Gandhi (1982)

    Ghandi spends time in prison and goes on a hunger strike to help his efforts to lead millions of Indians in non-violent protest against British rule.
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    John Travolta in A Civil Action (1998)

    Jan Schlichtmann, played by John Travolta, goes broke and loses his law firm in order to try to get justice for clients sick from polluted water. (A Civil Action)
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    George Clooney, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Sam Epstein in The Monuments Men (2014)

    "The Monuments Men," seven museum directors, curators, and art historians with almost no military training, put themselves in great danger by going behind enemy lines to rescue artistic masterpieces from the Nazis, who are planning to destroy them. They are willing to give their lives in order to return important reminders of humanity to generations.
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    Sally Field in Norma Rae (1979)

    Norma Rae leads her co-workers and organizes a labor union for unprotected textile workers despite the dangers to her job, livelihood, marriage, and safety.
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    Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley in Schindler's List (1993)

    Oskar Schindler spends all of his money in order to save over one thousand Jewish men, women, and children from the Nazis during World War II.
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    Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda (2004)

    The real-life Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed by Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda, puts his life in danger and provides shelter and protection for thousands of refugees in his hotel.
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    "Three Godfathers" John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz, and Harry Carey, Jr.

    Three outlaws take a dangerous trek, their freedom and lives in jeopardy, through the desert in order to deliver a newborn to safety. (in Three Godfathers, 1948)
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    Haley Joel Osment stars as Trevor McKinney

    "Paying It Forward:" Trevor, played by Haley Joel Osment, in Pay It Forward, devised this "gift" to the world: Help three people that need it. Tell each of them not to pay it back but "pay if forward" by helping three other people themselves.
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    Clint Eastwood, Bee Vang, Ahney Her, and Brooke Chia Thao in Gran Torino (2008)

    Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood) arranges for his death in order to protect his neighbors, Thao and Sue, from a violent local gang.
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    The Little Drummer Boy (1968)

    The Little Drummer Boy did give his gift to the baby Jesus: the gift of music.