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The Day Christ Died (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  26 March 1980 (USA)
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The Crucifixion of Christ seen more from a political and historical point of view than a spiritual one.


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The Crucifixion of Christ seen more from a political and historical point of view than a spiritual one.

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A dull, long, incorrect film.
14 March 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

No doubt Mel Gibson watched this movie before he made his Passion, the similarities are clear. But what a joke! As a Jew who is NOT a Christian, but is a historian. I can tell you that I have never seen such a bad movie on the Jesus myth. Also, why is the Sanhedrin, the body of Jewish rabbis shown as a group of bumbling fools? The Sanhedrin were the top of the top of the intellectuals and scholars. If anything, the Romans who had near no education should have been the ones who looked like fools. Why are these Jews from ancient times wearing modern Jewish prayer cloths (Talletot)? And to have them hanging over their left shoulder only? Makes no sense at all. Also, the Sanhedrin is standing in a room surrounded by 9th century Morrish woodcut motifs. I would call this "Passion-Lite" because it is just as inaccurate as Gibson's movie, only it was done 24 years earlier.

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