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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director:

Mel Gibson

Writers:

Benedict Fitzgerald (screenplay), Mel Gibson (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 29 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Jesus
Maia Morgenstern ... Mary
Christo Jivkov ... John (as Hristo Jivkov)
Francesco De Vito ... Peter
Monica Bellucci ... Magdalen
Mattia Sbragia ... Caiphas
Toni Bertorelli Toni Bertorelli ... Annas
Luca Lionello ... Judas
Hristo Shopov ... Pontius Pilate (as Hristo Naumov Shopov)
Claudia Gerini ... Claudia Procles
Fabio Sartor ... Abenader
Giacinto Ferro Giacinto Ferro ... Joseph of Arimathea
Aleksander Mincer Aleksander Mincer ... Nicodemus (as Olek Mincer)
Sheila Mokhtari Sheila Mokhtari ... Woman in Audience
Lucio Allocca Lucio Allocca ... Old Temple Guard
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Storyline

A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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One man changed the world forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

Aramaic | Latin | Hebrew

Release Date:

25 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passion of Christ See more »

Filming Locations:

Basilicata, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,848,082, 29 February 2004

Gross USA:

$370,782,930

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$610,061,517
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Icon Productions See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, the second confrontation between Pilate and the Sanhedrin included a line where the Sanhedrin say, "His blood be on our heads and on the heads of our children!" Although this line comes from the Gospels, Mel Gibson removed the subtitle of the line to avoid further allegations of the movie having an anti-Semitic message. The actual line in Aramaic was left in the movie. See more »

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When Pontius Pilate first enters the court and rests his arm on his stone chair, the chair wobbles. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jesus: Peter. You could not watch even one hour with me?
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Crazy Credits

The movie doesn't begin with credits, but only with a verse from the Bible: "He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; by His wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53; 700 B.C. See more »

Alternate Versions

In January 2005, Mel Gibson announced that a slightly (5-6 minutes) shorter version would be released to theaters in March 2005 (just in time for Easter), under the title "The Passion Recut". The new version features no new scenes, but trimming of the most graphic scenes, particularly the scourging. See more »

Connections

Referenced in South Park: Good Times with Weapons (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Göksel Baktagir (as Goksel Baktagir) and Yurdal Tokcan
Performed by Göksel Baktagir (as Goksel Baktagir) and Yurdal Tokcan
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The Gospel According to Mel Gibson- a tedious exercise in sadism
10 April 2004 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

It's difficult to fully review a film like The Passion Of The Christ without establishing and stating one's own beliefs,or not,as the case may be. However,in the end,The Passion Of The Christ is a FILM,and deserves to be judged as such. The Last Temptation Of Christ,The Gospel According To St Matthew and even The Greatest Story Ever Told were good films. The Passion Of The Christ is a bad film. It's a one-note exercise in sadism,a masochistic vanity project which doesn't even bother to get it's facts right {for instance,Jesus has nails hammered through his hands instead of,as we all know happened,his wrists. Why? Presumably it was thought to look nastier}.

What is Mel Gibson trying to say with this film? Presumably "you think Jesus suffered,well you ain't seen nothing yet!",which is a simplistic approach in the extreme. In detailing the immediate events leading up to Jesus' death,the film has a narrower focus than most films of this subject. This could have still worked reasonably well as a film,however Gibson focuses on the violence more than anything else and the film becomes monotonous in the extreme. The sequence where Jesus is scourged by the Romans,for instance,we see him beaten 10 times,yes,that's nasty,20 times,that's even nastier,30 times,hang on,we get the message and this is losing it's impact. Similarly,Jesus falls down so many times whilst he is carrying his cross that it almost becomes,dare I say it,laughable. One starts to wonder Gibson's intentions.

The film has been well liked by many Christians,so clearly Gibson has struck a chord,but he forgets that many non-Christians would be seeing the film,and he doesn't bother to explain a great many things to those who are not knowledgeable with the story,nor does he attempt to explain to non-believers why Jesus really did what he did. The film has a cold,distant feel about it,and combined with the endless sadism,it becomes difficult to care or even sympathise with Jesus as portrayed in this film. Many Christians would disagree with this,of course,and maybe Mel did intend this film for them almost exclusively,but he must have known that making such a controversial film would attract many people to see it,regardless of their beliefs.

However,it needs to be said. This is a dreadful film. Brief flashbacks to earlier bits in Jesus' life do not break up the monotony. Appearances by the Devil and his minions do achieve this,but they seem to be from a completely different film,and further destroy the film's supposed 'realism'. Most of the film is subtitled,but some of it isn't-why? Slow motion robs some scenes of their potential power,in fact,you'd think this film was directed by Michael Bay,considering it's sledgehammer direction. The acting is mostly laughable,except Jim Cavaziel as Jesus,but all he really has to do is react to being flogged,kicked,crucified,etc. John Debney's music quickly becomes annoying and makes some bits look even more like being part of a pop-video. The film is not really anti-Jewish,but changes characters at will,for instance Pontius Pilate is actually a 'pretty decent guy'.

However,the film's biggest miss-step is at the end. After two hours of brutality,Gibson does not even bother to show us the resurrection except for a brief shot of Jesus standing by his tomb. One would think we would have deserved to see more considering what we have previously witnessed,and after all,the resurrection is as important a part of the story. But no,that's it,and all that remains is a nasty taste in the mouth as it shows that all Gibson was really interested was Jesus's suffering.

This film has meant a lot to many people,and that's a good thing,but a bad film is a bad film,no matter what. Hell,Braveheart was a lot better....


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