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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

R | | Drama | 9 September 1988 (UK)
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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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$401,211 (USA) (14 August 1988)

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$7,630,564 (USA)
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Some historians claim Pontius Pilate was born in Scotland, where his father was posted as a Roman Centurion guard. On knowing this, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly suggested that David Bowie to play Pontius Pilate "as a Scotsman." Bowie did not accept this advice. See more »

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Camera shadow is cast over Jesus and other characters just before he is baptized by John The Baptist. See more »

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Jesus: If I was a woodcutter, I'd cut. If I was a fire, I'd burn. But I'm a heart and I love. That's the only thing I can do.
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"This film is not based upon the Gospels but on this fictional exploration of the eternal spiritual conflict." See more »

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A Deeply Religious Movie
25 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

Despite what its critics say (most of whom haven't even seen the movie), "The Last Temptation of Christ" is one of the most deeply religious movies I have ever seen. What makes it so powerful is that it does not portray Jesus as an all-righteous, preachy figure; it portrays Him as a man. He was the son of God, but more importantly He was human. He could hurt, love, feel pain and joy, and He could make mistakes just like any of us. He had to overcome temptation. Martin Scorsese, for whom this was a long labor of love, directs a beautiful movie with all around excellent performances, particularly Harvey Keitel as Judas and Willem Defoe as Jesus. The "Last Temptation" segment which draws most of the movie's criticism, is the most important part of all because it shows how close God truly is to us, if only those critics would watch the movie before judging it, they might realize that.


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