Passion of the Christ

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Powerful movie!

by Dmitriy Stepanchuk on 8/31/2004

Powerful movie by Mel Gibson. I would recommend it watching for everyone. Life changing experience!

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by Kathleen on 9/4/2004

The most heart wrenching movie I have ever seen. I cried for him

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The film focuses on the last 12 hours of jesus' life and begins in the garden of olives where jesus has gone to pray after the last supper. Betrayed by judas, he is then arrested and taken within the walls of jerusalem where the leaders confront jesus and his trial results in a condemnation to death.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40245276
UPC 024543129752
UPC 14 00024543129752
Format DVD
Release Date 2/28/2006
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Bible (The)
Bible Epic
Jesus Christ
Music (General)
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST depicts the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth (Jim Caviezel), beginning with his betrayal by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello) and ending with his crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. Directed by Mel Gibson (BRAVEHEART)--who funded the film himself and co-wrote the screenplay--PASSION uses flashbacks to substantiate a handful of pertinent moments in Jesus' life and teachings, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Last Supper, as well as his relationships with his mother and his disciples. Still, the drama focuses on the seemingly endless torture inflicted upon Jesus by Roman soldiers at the urging of the Jewish crowd that considers him a blasphemer, despite the attempts of a sympathetic Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov) to spare him from death. The faint of heart should be prepared for the brutal, barbaric beatings that Christ endures. Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, and Hristo Jivkov are touching as Mary, Magdalene, and John respectively, who are devastated by Jesus' fate yet aware that they can do nothing to change it. Performed in Aramaic and Latin with English subtitles, Gibson's labor of love is sure to prompt discussion and debate as to historical and Biblical fact.
Los Angeles Times "This is Gibson's personal vision of the greatest story ever told, a look inside his heart and soul..." 02/24/2004 p.1
USA Today "[T]here is undeniable power and artistry in the filmmaking..." 02/27/2004 p.8E
Entertainment Weekly "[Caviezel] has an eloquent, spindly body and a gauntly ascetic profile..." 03/05/2004 p.46-7
Rolling Stone "Gibson's immersion in the blood of Christ is an act of faith filmed with a zealot's rapture." 03/18/2004 p.79
Box Office "[I]t is Gibson himself, as director, who most energizes the movie, breathing life into the dusty annals of scripture and investigating them with an almost indescribable, elegiac beauty." 04/01/2004 p.160-1
Sight and Sound "What THE PASSION adds to Gibson's previous directorial offerings is a stripped-down economy of story-telling and a flair for hauntingly iconic imagery which lend an irresistibly visceral edge." 04/01/2004 p.63-4
Premiere "[U]ndeniably well-made..." 07/01/2004 p.112
Mel Gibson
Maia Morgenstern
Monica Bellucci
Jim Caviezel
Cast & Crew
Benedict Fitzgerald - Screenplay
Caleb Deschanel - Cinematographer
Claudia Gerini - Actor
Francesco Cabras - Actor
Francesco Frigeri - Production Designer
James Caviezel - Actor
John Debney - Original Music By
John Wright - Editor
Maia Morgenstern - Actor
Mel Gibson - Director
Mel Gibson - Screenplay
Monica Bellucci - Actor
Roberto Bestazzoni - Actor
Sergio Rubini - Actor
Toni Bertorelli - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 2222975
UPC 00024543129752
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Latin
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks Aramaic, English [CC], Hebrew, Latin
MTV Award (2004) James Caviezel, Nominee, Best Male Performance
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review There are so many ancillary issues surrounding the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Chr
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Gibson introduces horror elements, such as an androgynous Satan with Gollum-like spawn. And tricked-
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It is a film about an idea. An idea that it is necessary to fully comprehend the Passion if Christia
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Caviezel,James
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Claudia Puig, USA Today There is enlightenment--even stark poetry--in The Passion.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post A highly personal, provocative and in some ways riveting vision with an inspired performance by Jim Caviezel as Jesus.
Richard Corliss, Time A serious, handsome, excruciating film that radiates total commitment.

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