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Jesus of Montreal (1989)
"Jésus de Montréal" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama  |  25 May 1990 (USA)
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A group of actors put on an unorthodox, but acclaimed Passion Play which incites the opposition of the Catholic Church while the actors' lives themselves begin to mirror the Passion itself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Wilkening ...
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ...
Robert Lepage ...
Gilles Pelletier ...
Fr. Leclerc
Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël
Pauline Martin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Jean-Louis Millette
Monique Miller
Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée


A group of actors putting on an interpretive Passion Play in Montreal begin to experience a meshing of their characters and their private lives as the production takes form against the growing opposition of the Catholic church. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Jesus of Montreal  »

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Ron Lea, who plays Daniel's doctor at the end of the film, also served as the voice of Daniel himself in the English dub of the film. See more »


René: [as Pontius Pilate] Of what are you accused?
Daniel: [as Jesus] You know that.
René: You belong to a sect? You are another prophet, is that right?
Daniel: Is that what you say? Or are you repeating what you've heard?
René: You have spoken of a kingdom that you wish to establish.
Daniel: A kingdom which is not of this world.
René: You mean a sort of Elysium? After death? Have you not preached against Caesar, for the overturning of the Roman order?
Daniel: No.
René: So... what is it that you teach to your disciples?
Daniel: Greater love hath no man than this: ...
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from "Stabat Mater"
Written by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (as G.B. Pergolesi)
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Excellent, thought-provoking film.
13 June 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

During the first half of this movie I was trying to figure out if it was a not-so-subtle spoof of Christianity, or an outright sacrilege. As I got angrier and angrier at what was going on in the film, a sudden chill went down my back as I realized I was thinking just like the Catholic church sponsors in the movie, AND just like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus' time. I was trying to fit Christ into my own expectations, and I was just as guilty as Jesus' opponents and killers. Tears welled up in my eyes as I realized that Jesus of Montreal was trying to depict in a very real way exactly what went on in Jesus of Nazareth's time. This is not a movie for the faint of heart. People bleed, they are naked, and they die. But just as Jesus of Montreal died for his followers and his neighbors, so did Jesus of Nazareth.

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