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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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 18 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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An accurate depiction of the Jesus of academia, not faith See more (42 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Producer:...your average beer drinker has the IQ of a performing dog; 10 points less and he'd be a geranium.See more »
Soundtrack:
Quando Corpus MorieturSee more »

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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
An accurate depiction of the Jesus of academia, not faith, 5 April 2001
Author: acadams5 from Fort Worth, TX

All of us knows who Jesus is, right?

This movie brings to light a concept of Jesus that most people do not know is a topic of serious academic scholarship. The question is, "What can we reasonably say about Jesus based solely on historical sources?" Of course, the Bible is the primary source, since Jesus is referred to only in passing by nonreligious sources of his time. And, because this is an historical pursuit, one goal is also to separate those things which are clearly matters of faith from those which do not require a religious faith in the man. Therefore, we are left with a Jesus who led an iconoclastic life and was killed for it. The historian cannot say in an historical journal that Jesus was divine, walked on water, or was raised from the dead. This portrait is called "The Historical Jesus".

The historian can, however, make a personal statement of faith-- "I believe Jesus is the Anointed of God, who saves us from our sins". This is not the statement made by "Jesus of Montreal". Masterfully, the cast and crew of the film weave a tale which demands several viewings to fully consume. Both explicitly and through the use of metaphor, Jesus is depicted as a revolutionary teacher of great charisma and whose life was one of tragedy. But this film is not about the traditional Christian concept of Jesus; rather, it illustrates only the human aspects of the man who is, to me, God incarnate. This is the story of Jesus, the man-- not Jesus, the Christ. Christians may be disappointed by it, or outraged, but I encourage us all to remember that where that where faith (trust in that which cannot be observed) begins, there the historian (or scientist) must stop. Believers go further. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to think, be they a believer or not.

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