• The Passion of the Christ (2004)

The Passion of the Christ

Release Date: February 25th, 2004

DVD Release Date: August 31st, 2004

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

In this version of Christ's crucifixion, based on the New Testament, Judas expedites the downfall of Jesus (Jim Caviezel) by handing him over to the Roman Empire's handpicked officials. To the horror of his mother, Mary (Maia Morgenstern), Magdalen (Monica Bellucci), whom he saved from damnation, and his disciples, Jesus is condemned to death. He is tortured as he drags a crucifix to nearby Calvary, where he is nailed to the cross. He dies, but not before a last act of grace.

Cast: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Claudia Gerini, Maia Morgenstern, Sergio Rubini, Toni Bertorelli, Roberto Bestazzoni, Francesco Cabras

Director: Mel Gibson

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Icon Entertainment International

Distributors: Newmarket Film Group

Keywords: Temptation, Inspiring, Dark, Love, Sacrifice, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

  • 20
    David EdelsteinSlate

    This is a two-hour-and-six-minute snuff movie -- The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre -- that thinks it's an act of faith. show more

  • 30
    Rick KisonakFilm Threat

    While it fails to shed significant new light on its subject, Gibson's film and the all-Jesus-all-the-time attention from the media it's attracted do tell us something somewhat disconcerting about the state of American culture: That the way to make a religion based on love and forgiveness relevant today is to turn it into violent entertainment. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Gibson's intense concentration on the scourging and whipping of the physical body virtually denies any metaphysical significance to the most famous half-day in history. show more

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