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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

 -  Drama  -  25 February 2004 (USA)
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A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

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A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$379,618 (Japan) (7 May 2004)

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$499,263 (USA) (25 March 2005)
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Just like we see in the film, Jews did not speak Greek in first century Israel. This is confirmed by Jewish Historian Flavius Josephus who wrote: "I have also taken a great deal of pains to obtain the learning of the Greeks, and understand the elements of the Greek language, although I have so long accustomed myself to speak our own tongue, that I cannot pronounce Greek with sufficient exactness; for our nation does not encourage those that learn the languages of many nations, and so adorn their discourses with the smoothness of their periods; because they look upon this sort of accomplishment as common, not only to all sorts of free-men, but to as many of the servants as please to learn them. But they give him the testimony of being a wise man who is fully acquainted with our laws, and is able to interpret their meaning; on which account, as there have been many who have done their endeavors with great patience to obtain this learning, there have yet hardly been so many as two or three that have succeeded therein, who were immediately well rewarded for their pains." - Antiquities of Jews XX, XI. In Jewish Wars (Book 1, Preface, Paragraph 1), Josephus states this - "I have proposed to myself, for the sake of such as live under the government of the Romans, to translate those books into the Greek tongue, which I formerly composed in the language of our country, and sent to the Upper Barbarians. Joseph, the son of Matthias, by birth a Hebrew, a priest also, and one who at first fought against the Romans myself, and was forced to be present at what was done afterwards, [am the author of this work]." In Antiquities of Jews Book 3, Josephus points out that Hebrews called Pentecost "Asartha." Asartha is Aramaic, because Aramaic places Aramaic definite article "tha" at the end of a feminine noun in an emphatic state. If "Asartha" is translated into Hebrew, then it will become "Ha Atzeret." Unlike Aramaic, Hebrew places the definite article ("Ha") at the beginning of a word. See more »

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A shawl appears on Mary Magdalene's head between shots after Jesus, on the cross, says, "Son behold your mother...". See more »

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Jesus: Peter. You could not watch even one hour with me?
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The movie doesn't begin with credits, but only with a verse from the Bible: "He was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; by His wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53; 700 B.C. See more »

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Referenced in Changed Lives: Miracles of the Passion (2004) See more »

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The most heartfelt movie I have ever seen
1 March 2004 | by (California, United States) – See all my reviews

So painful to watch, yet I keep wanting to watch it over and over...

The Passion of the Christ is the most powerful film ever made IMO. Who would have ever thought that one of the most hyped-up and talked about films for the past 30 years would be a movie about Jesus Christ?

The movie grabbed my attention from start to finish and it truly took my breath away. I'm not a religious person, and I have never been so moved by any movie ever. (On a side note, I hate it when people say I'm atheist when I tell them I have no religion. Just because I have no religion doesn't mean I can't believe in God.)

I have never cried in a movie and I was so close to crying in this one. If the film doesn't affect you in any way, then you truly are cold-hearted. The cast gave excellent performances and I thought Jim Caviezel was superb in his role as Jesus. The direction is very unique as it has a style of it's own and Mel Gibson doesn't bring any of his baggage to this film. The cinematography is pure art and it gives a very visceral feel to it.

Although this movie is one of the most violent movies I have ever seen, it brings a very poignant and powerful message. Don't let your kids watch it as the film brings over-the-top relentless brutality.

Powerful, riveting, touching, heartfelt, inspiring, shocking, brilliant, and simply a masterpiece...The Passion of the Christ gets a perfect score from me.

10/10


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