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The Passion of the Christ
Jim Caviezel




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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.

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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.

Main Cast & Crew

Mel Gibson - Director
Jim Caviezel
Maia Morgenstern
Monica Bellucci
Claudia Gerini
Toni Bertorelli
Giovanni Capalbo
Hristo Jivkov
Francesco De Vito
Francesco Cabras
Rosalina Celentano

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 127
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543129752
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (sequences of graphic violence)
  • Release Date: August 2004

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

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

 

Movie Reviews

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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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