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The Passion of the Christ (February 25, 2004)

Release Date: February 25, 2004
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci, Rosalinda Celentano
Genres: Drama
Runtime: 127 min
Original Title: The Passion of the Christ
Production Companies: Icon Productions
"The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on Christ's suffering, especially on the part of the Jewish community. The film's languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and it's actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.

Cast The Passion of the Christ

  • Jim Caviezel
  • Role: Jesus
  • Maia Morgenstern
  • Role: Mary
  • Monica Bellucci
  • Role: Mary Magdalene
  • Rosalinda Celentano
  • Role: Satan
  • Sergio Rubini
  • Role: Disma
  • Francesco Cabras
  • Role: Gesmas (Gestas)
  • Christo Jivkov
  • Role: John
  • Francesco De Vito
  • Role: Simon Peter
  • Mattia Sbragia
  • Role: Caiphas
  • Toni Bertorelli
  • Role: Annas
  • Angelo Di Loreta
  • Role: Elder
  • Luca Lionello
  • Role: Judas Iscariot
  • Hristo Shopov
  • Role: Pontius Pilate
  • Andrea Refuto
  • Role: Young Jesus
  • Hafedh Khalifa
  • Role: James
  • Claudia Gerini
  • Role: Claudia Procles
  • Pietro Sarubbi
  • Role: Barabbas
  • Fabio Sartor
  • Role: Abenader
  • Giacinto Ferro
  • Role: Joseph of Arimathea
  • Olek Mincer
  • Role: Nicodemo
  • Luca De Dominicis
  • Role: King Herod Antipas
  • Sabrina Impacciatore
  • Role: Seraphia
  • Maurizio Di Carmine
  • Role: Elder
  • Nuot Arquint
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Aleksander Mincer
  • Role: Nicodemus
  • Sheila Mokhtari
  • Role: Woman in Audience
  • Lucio Allocca
  • Role: Old Temple Guard
  • Paco Reconti
  • Role: Whipping Guard
  • Adel Bakri
  • Role: Temple Guard
  • Luciano Dragone
  • Role: Second Man
  • Adel Ben Ayed
  • Role: Thomas
  • Franco Costanzo
  • Role: Accuser
  • Lino Salemme
  • Role: Accuser
  • Emanuele Gullotto
  • Role: Accuser
  • Francesco De Rosa
  • Role: Accuser
  • Francesco Gabriele
  • Role: Elder
  • Federico Pacifici
  • Role: Elder
  • Roberto Santi
  • Role: Elder
  • Giovanni Vettorazzo
  • Role: Elder
  • Ted Rusoff
  • Role: Elder
  • Tom Shaker
  • Role: Eyepatch
  • Andrea Coppola
  • Role: Grizzled Beard
  • Romuald Klos
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Giuseppe Lo Console
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Dario D'Ambrosi
  • Role: Roman Soldier
  • Domenico Capalbo
  • Role: Boy
  • Valerio Esposito
  • Role: Boy
  • Antonello Iacovone
  • Role: Boy
  • Nicola Tagarelli
  • Role: Boy
  • Ivan Gaudiano
  • Role: Boy
  • Chokri Ben Zagden
  • Role: James
  • Roberto Bestazzoni
  • Role: Malchus
  • Abel Jafri
  • Role: 2nd Temple Officer
  • Lello Giulivo
  • Role: Brutish Roman
  • Emilio De Marchi
  • Role: Scornful Roman
  • Roberto Visconti
  • Role: Scornful Roman
  • Giovanni Capalbo
  • Role: Cassius
  • Matt Patresi
  • Role: Janus
  • Daniela Poti
  • Role: Young Girl
  • Jarreth J. Merz
  • Role: Simon of Cyrene
  • Noemi Marotta
  • Role: Woman
  • Rossella Longo
  • Role: Woman
  • Davide Marotta
  • Role: Baby
  • Danilo Di Ruzza
  • Role: Pilate's Servant
  • Vincenzo Monti
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Danilo Maria Valli
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Abraam Fontana
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Valerio Isidori
  • Role: Herod's Courtier
  • Paulo dos Santos
  • Role: Herod's Boy
  • Arianna Vitolo
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Gabriella Barbuti
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Ornella Giusto
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Michelle Bonev
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Lucia Stara
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Evelina Meghnagi
  • Role: Herod's Court Woman
  • Francis Dokyi
  • Role: Herod's Servant
  • Luciano Federico
  • Role: Man in Audience

Trailer The Passion of the Christ

I saw “The Passion of the Christ” a few weeks ago, and I’m just now processing the imagery. In a word: Wow. I’m very excited about the film. The artistry of it (not to take away from the message) is sheer brilliance. It’s quite an elegant interpretation. To see the burden of the Cross in flashback with the triumphant palm branch entrance is a stroke of genius. Likewise, to see Christ’s sympathy for the woman accused of adultery, and then the roles reversed as the same woman gazes up at Jesus on the cross of her sin. Powerful stuff.

The performances were stunning, all working with so little dialog. A film of such poignancy is such a long way from the “Omega Code” corner of Christian filmmaking.

One note is that this sort of film helps almost requires prior knowledge of its subject matter to have a more complete understanding of the symbolism. There is a decided lack of context for much of the story and characters. This was intentional, as the film portrays only this portion of Christ’s ministry. Roger Ebert’s review sums it up better than I can.

One thing is for certain, not matter what your religious or spiritual background: everyone must make a decision about this man. Whether conscious or not, whether pro or con, as Dylan would say,

You gotta serve somebody

Perhaps you conclude that the man named Yeshua was indeed a God-man hybrid, or just a hoax propagated by Paul and the early Church. Maybe you don’t give a damn about him and his message or if he even existed. One way or another, you have to decide what to do with him.

I recommend the film, but be prepared for harrowing visceral experience.

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