The Passion of the Christ (2004) Poster



Throughout the movie, characters speak in Aramaic. However, this particular form of Aramaic is the Syrian variant, spoken in that region in during the VII and VIII centuries and not the I century Palestinian form, which is what people in the times of Jesus would have spoken.

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When Mary goes to clean the blood, as the camera pans over the bloody cobbles, the boom is reflected in the largest pool of blood.


As Jesus carries his cross, the blood on the cross disappears and reappears between shots.
In the flashback scene where Jesus kneels to draw a line in the sand, he reaches across with his right hand. The hand that actually draws the line is a left hand, with the palm facing away.
In one shot of Jesus on the cross, the cliff or bank in the background is falling before the "earthquake" starts.
When Pontius Pilate talks to Jesus alone he moves to the right of Jesus. In the next shot he appears on his left-hand side.
During the sequence when Jesus carries his cross, he often falls down. His hand placement on the cross changes several time between shots.
A shawl appears on Mary Magdalene's head between shots after Jesus, on the cross, says, "Son behold your mother...".
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During the first half of the scourge scene, Jesus' hands are dark and bloodied by his shackles. Then a dramatic close-up shows them nearly blood-free.
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The loin cloth dripping in blood Jesus was wearing before he started carrying the cross changed back to a clean loin cloth as soon as he started his journey.
During the sequence when Jesus carries his cross, the Blood of Christ on the cross disappears and reappears.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

As always, differences with the written source material, especially relating to artistic decisions, are not counted as goofs. Historical inaccuracies are similarly exempt, especially when caused by reliance on sectarian traditions or Renaissance/Baroque art.

Revealing mistakes 

Satan is seen moving through the crowd while Jesus is being beaten. Jesus is the only one who is supposed to be able to see Satan, however, one man in the crowd follows Satan with his eyes as Satan moves past him.
Before Judas commits suicide he puts his hands to his face and we can see that the makeup on his right hand is peeling away.
Jesus' computer-generated brown eyes sometimes fade into Jim Caviezel's blue ones. This happens when Jesus is taken at Gethsemane, and again after Jesus has first taken the cross on his shoulders (before the shot with the donkeys and palm leaves in the background).
Flipped shot: Jesus stumbles and falls to the ground while carrying the cross, his injuries are to his left eye for one shot. By the next shot the injuries have returned to his right eye.
Jesus' arm is dislocated in order to make his hand reach the nail hole, meaning that his arms should be fully extended and straight at all times. However on almost all shots of him on the cross, his body sags forward with his arms bent at an almost 90 degree angle.
No matter what Judas does, he cannot hurt or stop Satan's demon children who begin to harass him. Yet, as Judas is being chased by the children along a sandy stretch on a small hill, Judas scoops up a fistful of dirt and throws it back at the demons. One of the child actors is hit head on by this spray of dirt and is almost stopped dead in his tracks.
Flipped shot: when Jesus is whipped, before the Centurion says, "Pick him up," the swollen eye changes from right eye to left eye, then back in the next shot.
When Pontius Pilate first enters the court and rests his arm on his stone chair, the chair wobbles.
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When Jesus falls down the steps while carrying the cross you can see the back of his left leg which has no scourge marks.

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