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MPAA Rated R for sequences of graphic violence

Sex & Nudity

  • You see a completely naked man walk out of a cave. It is shot from the side and you see "side butt."
  • Jesus is stripped of his garments, but anyone who's seen a crucifix or knows the Way of the Cross knows what it looks like, and it isn't graphic or sexual.
  • Other crucified men are stripped down the way Jesus is.

Violence & Gore

  • Jesus is savagely whipped in a prolonged, violent flagellation sequence. He is bloodied and wounded on the spot. A notable bit is when a "Freddy Kruegar" whip is used. Jesus' flesh is scraped off from his body and blood squirts.
  • Two guys who are also being crucified gets their knees smashed by a giant mallet. They obviously scream in pain.
  • Close ups of Jesus' beaten up face.
  • A naked man rises up naked from inside a cave. There is a close up of his hands with holes in them.
  • There are lots and lots of scenes involving Jesus being stabbed, whipped, and beaten. It is even bloodier than any other rendition of the Way of the Cross, and not at all kid-friendly. Jesus is covered in blood from head to toe, and the characters look as if they're really hurting him. Viewers may not help but think that they really are.


  • 1/10.
  • One mild obscenity (damn), one instance of "Jew" being used as an insult.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Jesus drinks some wine in the movie.
  • 4/10.
  • People drink wine in several scenes.
  • People appear drunk in a couple of scenes, e.g. one man falls off a chair, while another stumbles and falls to the ground.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Satan has a frightening, brooding look. He is bald and pale, and makes ominous appearances out of nowhere. His baby, where he uses it to mock Jesus, is rather grotesque looking as well where he possesses a disturbing smile.
  • The only intense scene in this movie is the extremely long torture scene. Jesus gets whipped by a whip with thorns. Jesus's mother and disciples are seen crying and weeping over him. Overall, the tone of the movie is very emotional, dramatic and also dark.
  • The extremely graphic and constant violence means that this movie absolutely earns its R rating and should not be seen by anyone under 18. It would not have been unreasonable if the movie was rated NC-17.
  • It should be noted that the reputation this movie has is fairly blown out of proportion. It is not the most violent and brutal film ever made, as some like to say. Nonetheless, it is extremely gruesome.
  • Don't watch if easily disturbed, emotional or anxious (especially if you're religious and believe in the story).
  • The violence is very in your face and unrelenting. During the crucifixion blood spurts out of Jesus's palms when he is nailed. When the Roman can't get his arms aligned to the cross's hole, he violent pulls it (where we hear bone breaking). This bit is very cringeworthy and unnerving.

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