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Writer:
Denys Arcand (writer)
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Release Date:
25 May 1990 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An awesome historical and religious "WhatIf" See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lothaire Bluteau ... Daniel
Catherine Wilkening ... Mireille
Johanne-Marie Tremblay ... Constance

Rémy Girard ... Martin
Robert Lepage ... René
Gilles Pelletier ... Fr. Leclerc

Yves Jacques ... Richard Cardinal
Cédric Noël
Pauline Martin
Véronique Le Flaguais
Jean-Louis Millette
Monique Miller
Christine-Ann Atallah
Valérie Gagné
Claude Léveillée
Paule Baillargeon
Boris Bergman
Gaston Lepage ... Security Guard
Pascal Rollin
Marc Messier
Marcel Sabourin

Roy Dupuis ... Marcel Brochu
Claude Blanchard ... Policeman
Andrée Lachapelle
Denis Bouchard ... Ambulance driver

Ron Lea ... Daniel's Doctor / Daniel (voice: English version)
Anna-Maria Giannotti
Tom Rack ... Doctor
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Dubbing actress
Judith Magre ... Dubbing actress
Isabelle Truchon ... Richard's Girlfriend
Michael Barnard
Serge Carrier
Daniel Lamontagne
Dominique Quesnel
Jean Marchand
Dianne Cote
Andreanne Deneault
Sylvie Drapeau
Mario Bertrand
Danielle Godin
Gisèle Trépanier
Bob Della Serra
Lisette Guertin
Danielle Lepine
Léa-Marie Cantin
Rose-Andrée Michaud
Susan Bain
Michelle Turmel
Maria Bircher
Esther Lewis
Alex Nicolas-Etienne
Paul Tana
Dean Hagopian
Jacques Lavallée
Bernard Meney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diane Côté

Richard Dumont ... (voice: English version)
Maria Giannotti
Liz MacRae ... (voice: English version)
Michael Rudder ... René (voice: English version)

Vlasta Vrana ... (voice: English version)

Denys Arcand ... The Judge (uncredited)
Barbara Arsenault ... Jumelle Pomerleau (uncredited)
Nancy Arsenault ... Jumelle Pomerleau (uncredited)
Françoise Robertson ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Denys Arcand 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Denys Arcand  writer

Produced by
Roger Frappier .... producer
Pierre Gendron .... producer
Doris Girard .... delegate producer
Monique Létourneau .... producer
Gérard Mital .... delegate producer
Jacques-Eric Strauss .... delegate producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Marie Benoît 
François Dompierre 
Yves Laferrière 
 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux 
 
Film Editing by
Isabelle Dedieu 
 
Casting by
Lucie Robitaille 
 
Production Design by
François Séguin 
 
Art Direction by
François Séguin 
 
Set Decoration by
Frances Calder 
Simon La Haye 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Jobin 
 
Makeup Department
Cécile Rigault .... makeup artist
Micheline Trépanier .... makeup artist
Nathalie Trépanier .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Lyse Lafontaine .... production director
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mireille Goulet .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Pierre L'Heureux .... carpenter
Tristan Tondino .... lead scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Mathieu Beaudin .... sound effects editor
Adrian Croll .... sound
Antoine Morin .... sound effects editor
Marcel Pothier .... sound effects editor
Patrick Rousseau .... sound
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Mario Dumont .... special effects technician
André Laperrière .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
François Aubry .... visual effects supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sylvaine Dufaux .... second assistant camera
Luc Laflamme .... electrician
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotzky .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
François Aubry .... animation director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mariane Carter .... set costumer (as Marianne Carter)
 
Editorial Department
Claudette Duff .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Robert Stanley .... musician: guitar
 
Transportation Department
Benoît Mathieu .... driver: bus
 
Other crew
Anne Ardouin .... production assistant
François Aubry .... title designer
Marie La Haye .... continuity
Marie La Haye .... script girl
Bernard Lamy .... production accountant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jésus de Montréal" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
118 min | Argentina:120 min | Canada:119 min | USA:120 min
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Trivia:
The play in the opening scene appears to be a dramatization of the novel 'The Brothers Karamazov'. The scene filmed portrays where Smerdyakov reveals to Ivan Karamazov that he has murdered Fyodor, having been inspired by the philosophy he learned from Karamazov. Smerdyakov's suicide monologue is adapted from another part of the book - the diaries of the monk, Father Zossima.See more »
Quotes:
Court Psychologist:Having to act in a passion play on the mountain... don't you ever feel this is ridiculous?
Daniel:No. The subject is great, though not very original.
Court Psychologist:Sure. But this part for an actor is somewhat flimsy, wouldn't you say?
Daniel:I don't know. The part of Jesus is not what I would call flimsy work.
Court Psychologist:You did come up with the private conservatory. Wouldn't you like to have a bright career and play the major theatres?
Daniel:I was away awhile. Seems normal to start at the bottom of the ladder.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Hour: Episode #7.72" (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pritouritze PlaninataSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An awesome historical and religious "WhatIf", 25 June 2004
Author: jcrnfr from Montreal

What if Jesus had been born in the year 1970 instead of year 1, and as unheralded now as He was then- how would our society have dealt with Him?

And if people can get possessed by the Devil, can a regular guy -- not a nut or a fraud -- become gradually and genuinely possessed by Jesus?

Denys Arcand answers both questions in clever and entertaining fashion. With actual events, people, words and thoughts from Jesus' life being transposed to our modern times. Of course a movie like this is aimed at people who don't turn both their brain cells off as they enter the movie house, and won't be happy with 90 minutes of gunshots, car chases, or Jesus being whipped.

And yet this highly hypothetical parable still comes off as a plausible dramatic tale, with the usual Arcand mix of tragedy and comedy. You could have never heard of Jesus and still enjoy this movie.

The cinematography is gorgeous and the main actors are uniformly excellent. Some of the minor characters bother me intensely, which they are meant to do -- they're just too darn good at it.

The script and direction are nicely conventional - in the sense that at no time does the viewer wonder who that guy is or what the heck is going on. Jarring "artsy" cuts, unannounced flashbacks and weird camera angles are many critics' cup of tea but not mine, and thankfully, not Arcand's either.

There is quite a bit of tension-relieving slapstick in this story; some viewers may like it- it *is* funny, but it makes me uncomfortable at times. And the ending is a bit of an anticlimax, although at the second viewing I think I began to see the light.

I originally rated this movie 8/10, but after seeing it again I got more in tune with it and also noticed a few very clever details, so I'm upping it to 9/10. Maybe 10/10 when I see it next.

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