The Passion of the Christ Image

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Summary: 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 Roman Governor of Palestine, 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 which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas. The crowd chooses to have Barrabas set free. Thus, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd--assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. There, more corporal cruelty takes place as Jesus is nailed to the cross--suffering, he hangs there, left to die. Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. He then beseeches God. At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.
Runtime: 127 min
Rating: Rated R for sequences of graphic violence.
Production: Icon Productions
Genres: Drama, History
Country: USA
Languages: Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic
Home Release Date: Aug 31, 2004
Director Credit
Mel Gibson Director
Writer Credit
Benedict Fitzgerald Screenplay
Mel Gibson Screenplay
Principal Cast Credit
James Caviezel Jesus
Monica Bellucci Magdalen
Cast Credit
Aleksander Mincer Nicodemus
Christo Jivkov John
Claudia Gerini Claudia Procles
Fabio Sartor Abenader
Francesco De Vito Peter
Giacinto Ferro Joseph Of Arimathea
Hristo Shopov Pontius Pilate
Luca Lionello Judas
Lucio Allocca Old Temple Guard
Maia Morgenstern Mary
Mattia Sbragia Caiphas
Sheila Mokhtari Woman In Audience
Toni Bertorelli Annas
Producer Credit
Bruce Davey Producer
Enzo Sisti Executive Producer
Mel Gibson Producer
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