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Writers (WGA):
Nikos Kazantzakis (novel)
Paul Schrader (screenplay)
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22 September 1988 (Netherlands) See more »
The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Willem Dafoe ... Jesus

Harvey Keitel ... Judas
Paul Greco ... Zealot

Steve Shill ... Centurian (as Steven Shill)

Verna Bloom ... Mary, Mother of Jesus

Barbara Hershey ... Mary Magdalene

Roberts Blossom ... Aged Master
Barry Miller ... Jeroboam

Gary Basaraba ... Andrew, Apostle

Irvin Kershner ... Zebedee

Victor Argo ... Peter, Apostle
Michael Been ... John, Apostle

Paul Herman ... Phillip, Apostle

John Lurie ... James, Apostle

Leo Burmester ... Nathaniel, Apostle
Andre Gregory ... John The Baptist

Peggy Gormley ... Martha, Sister of Lazarus
Randy Danson ... Mary, Sister of Lazarus
Robert Spafford ... Man At Wedding
Doris von Thury ... Woman with Mary, Mother of Jesus (as Doris Von Thury)

Tomas Arana ... Lazarus / Crowd Member

Alan Rosenberg ... Thomas, Apostle
Del Russel ... Money Changer

Nehemiah Persoff ... Rabbi
Donald Hodson ... Saducee

Harry Dean Stanton ... Saul / Paul
Peter Berling ... Beggar

David Bowie ... Pontius Pilate

Juliette Caton ... Girl Angel
Mohammed Mabsout ... Other Apostles
Ahmed Nacir ... Other Apostles
Mokhtar Salouf ... Other Apostles
Mahamed Ait Fdil Ahmed ... Other Apostles
Russel Case ... People at Sermon
Mary Seller ... People at Sermon
Donna Magnani ... Crowd Member (voice) (as Donna Marie)
Penny Brown ... Crowd Member (voice)
Gabi Ford ... Crowd Member (voice)
Dale Wyatt ... Crowd Member (voice)
Domenico Fiore ... Crowd Member (voice)

Ted Rusoff ... Crowd Member (voice)
Leo Damian ... Crowd Member (voice)

Robert Laconi ... Crowd Member (voice)
Jonathan Zhivago ... Crowd Member (voice) (as Jonathon Zhivago)

Illeana Douglas ... Crowd Member (voice)
David Sharp ... Crowd Member (voice)
Khalid Benghrib ... Dancer
Redouane Farhane ... Dancer
Fabienne Panciatili ... Dancer
Naima Skikes ... Dancer
Souad Rahal ... Dancer
Otmane Chbani Idrissi ... Dancer
Jamal Belkhayat ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)
Rod Dana ... Soldier. (uncredited)
Leo Marks ... Satan / Archangel (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Nikos Kazantzakis (novel)

Paul Schrader (screenplay)

Produced by
Barbara De Fina .... producer
Harry J. Ufland .... executive producer (as Harry Ufland)
Original Music by
Peter Gabriel 
Cinematography by
Michael Ballhaus (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thelma Schoonmaker 
Casting by
Cis Corman 
Production Design by
John Beard 
Art Direction by
Andrew Sanders 
Set Decoration by
Giorgio Desideri 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Delifer 
Makeup Department
Zineb Bendoula .... hair assistant
Zhor Bennani .... makeup assistant
Claudia Bianchi .... hair assistant
Mirella Ginnoto .... hair stylist
Federico Laurenti .... makeup artist
Ferdinando Merolla .... hair assistant
Mario Michisanti .... makeup artist
Luigi Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Manlio Rocchetti .... makeup supervisor
Aldo Signoretti .... hair stylist supervisor
Maurizio Silvi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Laura Fattori .... production manager
Marco Valerio Pugini .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ahmed Hatimi .... second assistant director
Fabio Jephcott .... second assistant director
Joseph P. Reidy .... first assistant director (as Joseph Reidy)
Art Department
Elio Altamura .... prop master
Steve Clarke .... painter (as Steven Clark)
Dave Coldham .... plasterer (as David Coldham Sr.)
Dean Coldham .... plasterer (as Dean Coldham Sr.)
Bernard Collins .... carpenter
Bob Devine .... construction foreman (as Robert Devine)
John Frankish .... assistant art director
Geoff Kingsley .... construction coordinator (as Geoffrey Kingsley)
Hadj Lahcen Kahia .... assistant construction coordinator (as Lahcen Kahia)
Peter Mann .... carpenter
Goffredo Massetti .... propman
Alberto Tosto .... assistant set decorator
Marcello Turco .... stand-by painter
Mauro Vitturini .... set dressing propman
Derek Whorlow .... stagehand
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Miki Zachar .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... foley artist
Ron Bochar .... foley supervisor
Najib Chlieh .... cable person
Aldo De Martino .... boom operator (as Aldo De Martini)
Michael DiCosimo .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Mike DiCosimo)
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Gabriel .... additional sound recordist
Thomas A. Gulino .... sound editor
Don Hunerberg .... foley recording engineer
Brian Johnson .... apprentice sound editor
Frank Kern .... assistant sound editor
Lisa J. Levine .... adr editor (as Lisa Levine)
Skip Lievsay .... supervising sound editor
Marissa Littlefield .... assistant sound editor
Douglas Murray .... sound recordist (as Douglas L. Murray)
Eliza Paley .... foley editor
Bruce Pross .... first assistant sound editor
Nic Ratner .... assistant sound editor
Marc S. Shaw .... adr editor (as Marc Shaw)
Gail Showalter .... foley editor
Jeffrey Stern .... sound editor
Philip Stockton .... dialogue supervisor
Amelio Verona .... sound mixer
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Shari Johanson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Luigi Buldrini .... special effects driver
Iginio Fiorentini .... special effects technician
Dino Galiano .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Janos Pilenyi .... opticals (as Janos O. Pilenyi)
Craig Barron .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor (uncredited)
Thomas Rosseter .... optical supervisor (uncredited)
Omero Capanna .... stunts
Domenico Cianfriglia .... stunts
Giovanni Cianfriglia .... stunts
Enzo Maggio .... stunts (as Vincenzo Maggio)
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunts (as Stefano Mioni)
Orlando Ragusa .... stunts
Franco Maria Salamon .... stunt coordinator (as Franco Salamon)
Marco Stefanelli .... stunts
Massimilano Ubaldi .... stunts
Massimiliano Ubaldi .... stunts
Franco Ukmar .... stunts
Giovanni Ukmar .... stunts
Claudio Zucchet .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Adil Abdelwahab .... third assistant camera
Florian Ballhaus .... first assistant camera
Najib Ben Fares .... electrician (as Najib Benfares)
Abida Boubker .... generator operator
Bruno Brenna .... electrician
David M. Dunlap .... second camera operator (as David Dunlap)
Ahmed El Hmaini .... grip
Sergio Fabbriani .... grip
Antonio Fortunati .... electrician
Harald Hauschildt .... generator operator
Pamela Katz .... second assistant camera
Giacomo Moroni .... grip
Silvio Natali .... grip
Maria Schiavone .... gaffer
Giuseppe Sciusco .... electrician
Matteo Sciusco .... electrician
Sergio Serantoni .... key grip
David Slama .... second camera operator
Mustapha Stitou .... electrician
Franco Tocci .... key rigging grip
Mario Tursi .... still photographer
Casting Department
Julie Alter .... additional casting
Francesco Cinieri .... casting: Rome
Abdessamad Dinia .... extras casting
Rose Tobias Shaw .... casting: London
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abdelkrim Akallach .... wardrobe: men
Sergio Ballo .... wardrobe: men
Naïma Bouanani .... assistant wardrobe supervisor
Orielle Del Re .... seamstress
Anna Foresi .... seamstress
Bona Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe supervisor (as Bona Nasalli Rocca)
Angela Silighini .... seamstress
Zhor Slimani .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Marcus Chun .... apprentice editor
David Leonard .... second assistant editor
Geraldine Peroni .... first assistant editor
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor
Music Department
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan .... musician: Qawwali voice
Antranik Askarian .... musician: Armenian doudouk
Abdul Aziz .... musician: Egyptian kanun
David Bottrill .... music track engineer
Bill Cobham .... musician: drums
Djalma Correa .... musician: Brazilian percussion
Lucy Duran .... folk music researcher
Nathan East .... musician: bass guitar
Manny Elias .... musician: drums
Kudsi Ergüner .... musician: Turkish Ney flute (as Kudsi Erguner)
Richard Evans .... musician: penny whistle
Fatala .... musician: African percussion
Peter Gabriel .... musician: drums, voice and keyboards
Jon Hassell .... musician: trumpet
Vatche Housepian .... musician: Armenian doudouk
Todd Kasow .... music supervisor
Manu Katché .... musician: additional percussion
Baaba Maal .... musician: Senegalese voices
Barbara Minor .... assistant music editor
Youssou N'Dour .... musician: Senegalese voices
Robert Nichols .... associate music editor (as Bob Nichols)
Hossam Ramzy .... musician: Egyptian percusion
David Rhodes .... musician: guitars
David Sancious .... musician: hammond organ, keyboards and additional voice
Shenkar .... musician: violin ) (as Shankar (I)
Mahmoud Tabrizi-Zadeh .... musician: Persian kamanche
Julian Wilkins .... English choir boy
Brian Eddolls .... sound: percussion and orchestration (uncredited)
Todd Kasow .... music editor (uncredited)
Shenkar .... composer: additional music (uncredited))
Transportation Department
Vincenzo Corcioni .... driver: makeup
Enrico Pini .... unit manager transportation
Walter Santalmasi .... driver: wardrobe truck
Other crew
Jan Sebastian Ballhaus .... production assistant (as Sebastian Ballhaus)
Brahim Bayadat .... cashier
Aicha Benhaddou .... production assistant
Marion Billings .... publicist
Sabrina Canale .... office secretary
Joe Caroff .... title designer
Ahmed Darif .... location manager
Valter De Filippis .... honey wagon attendant (as Walter De Filippis)
Brahim Derhem .... assistant location manager (as Brahim Derham)
Aicha Dimna .... production secretary
Antonio Gabrielli .... location manager
Rachel Griffiths .... script supervisor
Julia Judge .... assistant: Mr. Scorsese
Lon Kirschner .... title designer
Betsy Marino .... assistant: Ms. De Fina
Doudou N'Diaye Rose .... percussion loop
Anne Parsons .... assistant: Peter Gabriel
Roberto Penna .... accountant
Paolo Piria .... production accountant
Claudio Sabatilli .... cashier
Gabriella Toro .... production coordinator
Lahcen Zinoun .... choreographer (as Lahcen Zinoune)
Nadine F. Wilson .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Nass-El Ghiwane .... special thanks for inspiration (as Nass El Ghiwane)
Boris Leven .... special thanks
Leo Marks .... special thanks
Pierre Toureille .... special thanks: Ocora-Radio-France
Crew believed to be complete

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164 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:14 | Chile:(Banned) (1989-2002) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Mexico:C | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Philippines:(Banned) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Africa:18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2000) | UK:18 (video rating) (1988) | USA:R (certificate #29344) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

To get the film made, director Martin Scorsese offered to shoot the picture in a minimal 58 days for a mere $7 million, which was half of its original budget when the picture was being developed at Paramount, upon which the Universal Studios green-lighted the production. Due to the time constraints for principal photography, Scorsese developed a "minimalist aesthetic", many scenes were improvised and worked out on the run with little rehearsal and preparation. Scorsese once commented: "We worked in a state of emergency".See more »
Continuity: The state of Mary Magdalene's robe when confronted by Jesus at the beginning.See more »
Satan:I told you we would meet again.See more »
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Why was this film controversial?
Is this film based on the Bible? Can it be considered an adaptation of the Bible?
Was Nikos Kazantzakis a Christian? Is Martin Scorsese?
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61 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
The Most Loving Portrayal of Jesus I Could Imagine, 22 July 2005
Author: Rich Dunbeck from United States

Condemned by Fundamentalists upon release, delayed by outcries from hypocrites and liars, and boycotted in any city where it played "The Last Temptation of Christ" is one of the most controversial movies ever made. Instead of showing Christ as a fearless and perfect person, "The Last Temptation" depicts Him as a person who fought his destiny and wished to be just another mortal human being. Religious groups who couldn't (and still can't) accept the fact that Jesus was human were shocked by such ideas and refused to see the film or read the landmark novel on which it was based. They'll never know that they attacked one of the most honest and loving depictions of Christ.

The Christ we see in the film is not based on the teachings of the Gospels, or any scripture for that matter. Instead we get a portrait of Christ the man, not Christ the Savior. We get to see his faults, his fears and anxieties. Then, we get to see him overcome those and find the strength to fulfill his destiny. The Last Temptation of Christ is not afraid to say that Jesus was weak before he became the Savior, and that makes the film all the more satisfying. This is a tale of redemption, courage, and love like no other.

There is no reason to miss this film. Not everyone will like it, but at the very least it will let you see another perspective of the story. And even if you can't accept the story, you won't be able to deny the greatness of Scorsese's direction. From the epic crowd scenes, to the intimate one-on-one conversations, to the stunning final shot (which was actually caused by an overexposed section of film, but is beautiful nonetheless), you will be awed by Scorsese's work here.

Also stunning is the work of the two leads. Willem Dafoe inhabits the role of Christ perfectly, bringing perfectly controlled emotion to each and every scene. Harvey Keitel as Judas has been the subject of debate because of his NYC accent. That was on purpose (Scorsese used accents to denote the descent of characters. American accent = Israelite; British accent = Roman), but it doesn't even matter. Keitel is brilliant no matter what his accent is.

Honest, human, loving, and unafraid, "The Last Temptation of Christ" is one of the great cinematic achievements of all time. Martin Scorsese crafted with this film his most personal masterpiece, and perhaps his greatest masterpiece ever.

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