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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Greco ...
Centurian (as Steven Shill)
Michael Been ...
Nathaniel, Apostle


The carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for Him. But as His mission nears fulfillment, He must face the greatest temptation; the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name. Written by Nick Lopez <ntlopez@fas.harvard.edu>

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Release Date:

22 September 1988 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Passion  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$8,373,585 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sidney Lumet had considered directing a version of The Last Temptation of Christ. See more »


In the closeup on the well-dressed man (that Jesus followed into the brothel), we can see that he is wearing a contact lens. See more »


Jesus: [stares at the heavens] Father, will you listen to me? Are you still there? Will you listen to a selfish, unfaithful son? I fought you when you called, I resisted! I thought of no more. I didn't want to be your son! Can you forgive me?
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits, there is a flash of colors which leads to the credits "paged up" behind a yellow background. See more »


Referenced in Donnie Darko (2001) See more »

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Scorsese and Kazantzakis ask the right questions.
19 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

If you want a new perspective on an old story this film is for you. I can see why so many devout christians were upset about this film because it really presents a Jesus that is threatnig to traditional beliefs. If you have read Kazantzakis' novel the intro outlines he true nature of this story. It deal primaraly with the idea of being both human and god and what kind of implications that might have had on Jesus as an individual. Scorsese shows us Jesus' personal stuggle to try and deny his importance as he wants to reced into the life of a normal person. At no time did Scorsese or Kazantzakis claim this story to be anything but fiction, however it does make you wonder about the psyche of "the christ."

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