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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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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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Passion  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,373,585 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

The film's prologue (the crawl text that appears on the screen before the opening credits) contains a misspelling. The text was taken word-for-word from the prologue to Kazantzakis' novel, which reads partly: "My principal anguish and source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh." The film's prologue misspells "principal" as "principle." See more »

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Jesus: If I could touch every stone, if I could breathe on every branch, they'd get up and follow me. So what's wrong with you?
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have an open mind and watch it
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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