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The Day Christ Died (1980)

The Crucifixion of Christ seen more from a political and historical point of view than a spiritual one.


James Cellan Jones




Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sarandon ... Jesus Christ
Colin Blakely ... Caiaphas
Keith Michell ... Pontius Pilate
Jonathan Pryce ... Herod
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ... Judas
Jay O. Sanders ... Peter
Eleanor Bron ... Mary
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Tullius
Delia Boccardo ... Mary Magdelene
Hope Lange ... Claudia
Oliver Cotton ... John
Gordon Gostelow Gordon Gostelow ... Nicodemus
Harold Goldblatt Harold Goldblatt ... Annas
Gary Brown Gary Brown ... Aaron
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... The Demoniac


The Crucifixion of Christ seen more from a political and historical point of view than a spiritual one.

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Release Date:

26 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día en que murió Cristo See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Tony Vogel(Temple Guard) and Keith Michell(Pontius Pilate) have been also involved in three other Biblical portrayals.....Vogel portrayed Andrew in Jesus Of Nazareth in 1977 and in 1999 TV movie Jesus portrays a farmer.....Michell portrayed Jacib in 1974 in The Story of Jacob and Joseph and in 1977 portrays King David in The Story of David. See more »

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A despised Christ, abandoned, and ridiculed and defeated...
20 June 2004 | by amc-cosiSee all my reviews

This is the most depressing film on Jesus Christ that I already viewed. Not only the most depressing, but I force (I don't eat Passion of the Christ of Mel Gibson, it is clear). Until today I don't understand which was the intention of the producing of do a film as this, different from all the other films on Christ done already. Here in this film Jesus (Chris Sarandon) it is just shown as human man, and no divine, that it is determined until the end in accomplishing his/her mission. It is also with physical lines (little accepted by most of the people) like Jesus it was very probably: a brunet man, of dark brown eyes, of rustic appearance, and not of hair blond or brown clear, of delicate face and of blue eyes as most imagines, in short, in this film Jesus is shown as a natural man from Palestine of the first century of ours was and not with European lines, as they were Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus in "Jesus of Nazareth" and of "King of Kings." And he was not shown like a solemn Jesus, reverent as it was in the other films, but a more human Jesus totally naked of any divinity. The same I say of Last Supper scenes and prayer in the garden of Gethsemani. In the scenes of the judgment, of the flagellation, Jesus is treated with such a ferocious hate shown never in other films. Jesus is viewed as somebody that has be punished severely and dead the more quickly in a more intense way than in other films. I remember of the scene, in that Caiaphas says Jesus soon at the end of the judgment: "And you don't forget that you are a Jew! " It is also of the scenes In that king Herod says for Jesus: "You are not a king of anything!!! Monarch of anybody!!! That more ridiculous king you would be!!!! " And all make fun of Jesus. Before "Passion of the Christ" of Mel Gibson, this had been the most violent film on the last of Jesus that it had already viewed. In this film Jesus is treated with end hate, contempt and ridiculed in such a cruel and merciless way that he left me very impressed and it finishes completely defeated, treaty as the vilest and despicable of all the criminals. I didn't like nor a little of this film. This film is very depressing, revolting and sad...

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