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The Passion of the Christ


Overview - THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST depicts the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth (Jim Caviezel), beginning with his betrayal by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello) and ending with his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Directed by Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART)--who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay--PASSION uses flashbacks to substantiate a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus' life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples.  Read more...

 

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Overview

THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST depicts the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth (Jim Caviezel), beginning with his betrayal by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello) and ending with his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Directed by Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART)--who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay--PASSION uses flashbacks to substantiate a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus' life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples. Still, the drama focuses on the seemingly endless torture inflicted upon Jesus by Roman soldiers at the urging of the Jewish crowd that considers him a blasphemer, despite the attempts of a sympathetic Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov) to spare him from death. The faint of heart should be prepared for the brutal, barbaric beatings that Christ endures. Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, and Hristo Jivkov are touching as Mary, Magdalene, and John respectively, who are devastated by Jesus' fate yet aware that they can do nothing to change it. Performed in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles, Gibson's labor of love is sure to prompt discussion and debate as to historical and Biblical fact.

Cast List

Hristo Shopov - Actor, THE PASSION OF CHRIST (2004)
Mel Gibson - Australian-Raised Actor-Director
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson - Australian-Raised Actor-Director
Mattia Sbragia - Italian Actor
Maia Morgenstern - Romanian Actress/The Oak
Maja Morgenstern - Romanian Actress/The Oak
John Debney - Composer/"Hocus Pocus"
Luca Lionello - Actor, THE PASSION OF CHRIST (2004)
Monica Bellucci - Italian actress, MALENA, UNDER SUSPICION
Monica Belluci - Italian actress, MALENA, UNDER SUSPICION
Bruce Davey - Producer/"Forever Young"
Enzo Sisti - Executive Producer, THE PASSION OF CHRIST (2004)
Caleb Deschanel - Director/Director of Photography
Claudia Gerini - Actress
Jim Caviezel - Actor
James Caviezel - Actor
Benedict Fitzgerald - Screenwriter
Stephen McEveety

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543565819
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (sequences of graphic violence)

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Bible Epic
Death
Betrayal
Period Piece
Music (General)
Theatrical Release
Gospel
Jesus Christ
Christianity
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Christians

 
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Theatrical Release Date: February 25, 2004

Reviews:
"This is Gibson's personal vision of the greatest story ever told, a look inside his heart and soul..." - 02/24/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.1


"[T]here is undeniable power and artistry in the filmmaking..." - 02/27/2004 USA Today, p.8E


"[Caviezel] has an eloquent, spindly body and a gauntly ascetic profile..." - 03/05/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.46-7


"Gibson's immersion in the blood of Christ is an act of faith filmed with a zealot's rapture." - 03/18/2004 Rolling Stone, p.79


"[I]t is Gibson himself, as director, who most energizes the movie, breathing life into the dusty annals of scripture and investigating them with an almost indescribable, elegiac beauty." - 04/01/2004 Box Office, p.160-1


"What THE PASSION adds to Gibson's previous directorial offerings is a stripped-down economy of story-telling and a flair for hauntingly iconic imagery which lend an irresistibly visceral edge." - 04/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.63-4


"[U]ndeniably well-made..." - 07/01/2004 Premiere, p.112

 
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