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Calling Gibson's record-breaking, graphic version of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus Christ "controversial" is an understatement on par with calling the Sahara Desert "warm." Film begins as Jesus (Caveizel) is arrested and taken before Hebrew and Roman authorities for crimes of heresy. Although some backstory is told in flashback, the movie assumes the viewer's knowledge of Jesus's life and focuses on giving as graphic a portrayal of his torture and crucifixion as possible (including a 45 minute flogging scene) in a movie as painful and intense to watch as any put on film. Very bold and well-crafted, but the obsessive focus on gore and violence will leave many asking where the spirituality is supposed to be. Endorsed by many church leaders but drew complaints for its negative depiction of the Hebrew leaders, as well as some violent scenes that Gibson invented. Gibson funded the film with $30 million of his own money. In Aramaic, Latin, and Hebrew with English subtitles.

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Available on Running time 126 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Biopics: Religious, Adapted from the Bible, Top Grossing Films of 2004, Religious Epics, Middle East, Great Death Scenes, Easter
Screenplay
Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
Cast
James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Claudia Gerini, Sergio Rubini, Toni Bertorelli, Mattia Sbragia, Luca Lionello, Hristo Naumov Shopov, Giancinto Ferro, Rosalinda Celentano, Francesco De Vito, Hristo Jivkov, Roberto Bestazzoni, Adel Ben Ayed, Fabio Sartor, Luca De Dominicis, Pietro (Pedro) Sarubbi, Chokri Ben Zagden, Jarreth Merz, Matt Patresi, Francesco Cabras, Giovanni Capalbo, Olek Mincer
Cinematography
Caleb Deschanel
Director
Mel Gibson
Music
John Debney
Other
Maurizio Argentieri, John Wright, Daniela Pareschi, Nazzareno Piana, Pierfranco Lusci, Maurizio Millenotti, Francesco Frigeri
Producer
Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Icon Productions, Newmarket Films

Visitor Reviews

The Passion of the Christ
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Nicholle

This film will bring tears to anyone's eyes, so make sure you have a whole bunch of tissues. This movie focuses on the very last twelve hours of Jesus Christ's life. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, 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. Jesus was accused of blasphemy, condemning him to death. Pilate listens to the accusations by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become entangled in the conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free,Jesus or Barrabas. The crowd chooses to have Barrabas set free. Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated and bloody. It looked unbearable and was hard to watch. He is brought back before Pilate who presents him to the thirsty crowd, assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd is not satisfied. Pilate doesn't want anything to do with this and orders his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. More corporal cruelty takes place as Jesus is nailed to the cross. He hangs there suffering, left to die. Initially, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God, his father. He then beseeches God before he dies.

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Stacey

The Passion of the Christ came out in 2004 and has a total running time of 126 minutes. This film is in Aramiac, Latin and Hebrew with English subtitles. This film won many awards and was a huge success. Mel Gibson directed this amazing film. James Caviezel (as Jesus) and Maia Morgenstern (as Mary) star in The Passion of the Christ. This film shows the last twelve hours of Jesus Christ’s life. The film starts out showing Jesus being arrested and being taken back to Jerusalem. They have a trial, which results in them agreeing to put Jesus to death. This film is very sad and very graphic. I thought this movie was put together really well and was in all, a great film.