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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 1988 (Netherlands)
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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.

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Storyline

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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22 September 1988 (Netherlands)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,373,585 (USA)
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As of January 2002 the film cannot be shown on public television in Bulgaria. The National Television had scheduled it for showing but the Bulgarian Orthodox Church managed to get a forbidding order and the Council of Electronic Media banned it. See more »

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In the market when Saul pulls Judas aside and asks "what are you doing with this magician?", the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the stone above Saul's head. See more »

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Pontius Pilate: Unfortunately for you, we don't want things changed.
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13 August 1998 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

I thought this movie was an excellent piece of film making. A fabulous score and stunning cinematography take us through the inner struggle of Jesus in accepting his role and his duty. It tells how he faced temptation, ridicule , torture and triumph. Before you burn my name in effigy for liking this movie, be open minded and just experience a good film. The "disclaimer" at the beginning of the movie says it all. It is not necessarily based on events in the Bible. Just as Jesus used parables as a way of teaching, this movie tells a story of a man's life and events that we can all somehow personally relate to. By the way, the portrayal of Satan was the best I've seen yet.


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