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The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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... Jesus
... Mary
... John (as Hristo Jivkov)
... Peter
... Magdalen
... Caiphas
Toni Bertorelli ... Annas
... Judas
Hristo Shopov ... Pontius Pilate (as Hristo Naumov Shopov)
... Claudia Procles
... Abenader
Giacinto Ferro ... Joseph of Arimathea
Aleksander Mincer ... Nicodemus (as Olek Mincer)
Sheila Mokhtari ... Woman in Audience
Lucio Allocca ... Old Temple Guard
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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 prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, 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 ... Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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One man changed the world forever. See more »

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Rated R for sequences of graphic violence | See all certifications »

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25 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Mel Gibson: Gibson's hands nail Christ to the cross during the Crucifixion scene. Gibson said "It was me that put him on the cross. It was my sins" that put him there. According to special edition commentaries, Gibson also supplied the foot of Jesus (washed by Mary Magdalene) and the arms that tie Judas' suicide rope. His crying, screaming voice is heard during the latter scene. See more »

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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. See more »

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[first lines]
Jesus: Peter. You could not watch even one hour with me?
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Crazy Credits

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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Featured in Protocols of Zion (2005) See more »

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Written by Göksel Baktagir (as Goksel Baktagir) and Yurdal Tokcan
Performed by Göksel Baktagir (as Goksel Baktagir) and Yurdal Tokcan
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More powerful and meaningful than I would have thought
28 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

This movie truly impressed. From the acting, to the cinematography, to the overall production value and obvious work of love that this film is.

There is violence, there is brutality. But it is not cheap senseless violence or brutality, it is part of the story and it is rather enlightening and revealing compared to the candy coated films of the past.

That's not to say that this movie does not show the love and compassion of God as some of the detractors would like to have you believe. It that the love is told in a very humanized and beautifully subtle manner that does not reek of typical cheap Hollywood melodrama.

As for Anti-semitism, I did not detect any it is the story from the gosphels told the way it was. If this movie is anti-semitic than so is the bible. And that would be an absurd assertion.


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