A man wanders out of the desert after a four year absence. His brother finds him, and together they return to L.A. to reunite the man with his young son. Soon after, he and the boy set out ... See full summary »
Harry Dean Stanton,
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
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The filmmakers were given such a paltry budget for their controversial project that many economies had to be improvised. For example, actress Barbara Hershey, playing the role of Mary Magdalene, had to continually re-apply her own mendhi tattoos (which kept streaking in the desert heat) because there were not enough make-up artists to service everyone. See more »
The onscreen crawl at the beginning of the film misquotes the preface to Kazantzakis' novel by misspelling the word "principal" as "principle": "My principle anguish and the source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth..." A number of critics noted the error at the time of the film's release, but it has not been corrected for any of the home video versions. See more »
[holds up two rocks on display to the crowd]
Which one of you people has never sinned? Whoever that is, come up here and throw these!
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Just before the credits, there is a flash of colors which leads to the credits "paged up" behind a yellow background. See more »
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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