The Passion of the Christ


2h 6m 2004

Brief Synopsis

A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed "miracles" and publicly announced he is "the Son of God"--is arrested and the leaders of the Pharisees accuse him

Film Details

Also Known As
Passion, Passion of the Christ, The, passion du Christ
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Period
Religion
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
EQUINOXE FILMS/NEWMARKET FILMS; Newmarket Films
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Synopsis

A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed "miracles" and publicly announced he is "the Son of God"--is arrested and the leaders of the Pharisees accuse him of blasphemy. He is tried and condemning to death, and brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations by the Pharisees and realizes that his decision will get him embroiled in a political conflict, so he defers to King Herod in deciding the matter. But Herod returns Jesus to Pilate, so he gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus or Barabbas-and Barabbas is chosen. 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. Eventually, he overcomes his fear and with his last breaths, tells Mary, his Mother, "It is accomplished." He then beseeches God, "Into Thy hands I commend my spirit." At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.

Cast

Matt Patresi

Rossella Longo

Lino Salemme

Karen Hwa Chee Han

Performer

Emilio De Marchi

Nuot Arquint

Chokri Ben Zagden

Luca Lionello

Francesco De Vito

Antonello Iacovone

Giovanni Capalbo

Emanuele Gullotto

Roberto Visconti

Chris Bleth

Performer

Roberto Santi

Lello Giulivo

Arianna Vitolo

Gingger Shankar

Vocals

Naser Mousa

Performer

Maurizio Di Carmine

Shannon Kingsbury

Performer

Federico Pacifici

Sabrina Impacciatore

Monica Bellucci

Francesco Derosa

Paulo Dos Santos

Valerio Isidori

Noemi Marotta

Ricky Hyslop

Performer

Jan Hendrickse

Performer

Davide Marotta

Francesco Gabriele

Evelina Meghnagi

Tanja Tzarovska

Performer

Levon Minassian

Performer

Hristo Jivkov

Tom Shaker

Abel Jafri

Claudia Gerini

Sam O'kell

Performer

Michelle Bonev

Abraam Fontana

Aaron Martin

Performer

Jarreth Merz

Pedro Eustache

Performer

Andrea Coppola

Lisbeth Scott

Vocals

Angelo Di Loreta

Ron Allen

Performer

Nicola Tagarelli

Ivan Gaudiano

Dario D'ambrosi

Andrea Refuto

Fabio Sartor

Maia Morgenstern

Giuseppe Loconsole

Ahmed El-eshmer

Performer

Ted Rusoff

Rosalinda Celentano

Lucio Allocca

Adel Bakri

Olek Mincer

Jim Caviezel

Francis B K Dokyi

Robert Bestazzoni

Gabriella Barbuti

Daniela Poti

Peter Jeffreys

Performer

Ornella Giusto

Lucia Stara

Valerio Esposito

Sergio Rubini

Hristo Shopov

Martin Tillman

Performer

Toni Bertorelli

Giancinto Ferro

Luciano Dragone

Francesco Cabras

Mattia Sbragia

Adel Ben Ayed

Luca De Dominicis

Sheila Mokhtari

Omar Capalbo

Danilo Di Ruzza

Luciano Federico

Paco Reconti

Romuald Andrzej Klos

Franco Costanzo

Keith Thompson

Performer

Giovanni Vettorazzo

Danilo Maria Valli

Pedro Sarubbi

Vincenzo Monti

Crew

Daniele Abeille

Transportation Coordinator

Daniel Acon

Special Effects Coordinator

Peter Afterman

Music Supervisor

Renato Agostini

Special Effects Supervisor

Mary Agreda

Other

Laura Aleccia

Assistant Editor

Luca Alunni

Facilities Supervisor

Cecilia Alvarenga

Production Coordinator

Wolfgang Amadeus

Music Engineer

Marcus E Andexler

Visual Effects

Alessia Anfuso

Assistant Set Decorator

Philippe Antonello

Photography

Giorgio Antonini

Stunts

Mauro Antonini

Stunts

Paolo Antonini

Stunts

Carlo Antonioni

Animal Services

Stefano Antonioni

Production

Maurizio Argentieri

Sound Mixer

Andrea Arnone

Steadicam Operator

Kami Asgar

Supervising Sound Editor

Martin Astles

Art Department

Jeff Atmajian

Original Music

Giuseppe Avallone

Costume Designer

Carmen Y Avila

Assistant

Fausto Baldinelli

Special Effects

Eleonora Baldwin

Script Supervisor

Antonio Barba

Sound

Eraldo Barbona

Best Boy Grip

Simone Barbona

Grip

Brian Battles

Compositing Supervisor

Antonio Beccarisi

Carpenter

Bob Beemer

Sound Mixer

Frank Bennett

Original Music

Michele Bergstrom

Video Assist/Playback

Les Bernstein

Motion Control

Agostino Bivi

Painter

Arnaldo Bivi

Painter

Bryan Blair

Makeup Effects

Alec Boehm

Assistant Camera

Milena Bono

Coordinator

Alessandro Borgese

Stunts

Chris Borgnine

Best Boy Electric

Steve Bowen

Color Timer

Mario Bramucci

Rigging Gaffer

Richard Branca

Sound

Kevin Brennan

Art Department

Ron Brown

Art Department

Tom Y Burns

Sound Recordist

Everett Burrell

Compositing Supervisor

Timothy Michael Cairns

Digital Effects Supervisor

Anna Cannella

Set Production Assistant

Greg Cannom

Makeup Effects

Omero Capanna

Stunts

Domenico Caponecchi

Rigging Grip

Danilo Capuzzi

Stunts

Rocchetti E Carboni

Wig Maker

Kate Carlin

Voice Casting

Melissa J T Carter

Visual Effects Editor

Fratelli Cartocci

Transportation

Gianni Casalnuovo

Assistant Costume Designer

Giorgio Catalano

Production Accountant

Peter A Chevako

Software Engineer

Frederico Ciuffolini

Stunts

Jessica Clements

Music Supervisor

Alessandra Colangelli

Office Runner

Vito Colazzo

Unit Production Manager

Marco Contaldo

Best Boy Electric

Giorgio Conti

Assistant Editor

Bryan Cooke

Compositing Supervisor

Bob Corna

Set Production Assistant

Desideria Corridoni

Hair Stylist

Maria Teresa Corridoni

Hair Stylist

Maurizio Di Coste

Sound

Massimo Cristofanelli

Special Effects Technician

Giulia Chiara Crugnola

Assistant Art Director

Pasquale Cuzzupoli

Dailies

Andrea Danek

Sound Engineer

Bruce Davey

Producer

Roberto De Angelis

Steadicam Operator

Roberto De Angelis

Camera Operator

Attilia De Mario Sartor

Medic

John Debney

Music

Lola Debney

Music Coordinator

Brad Dechter

Original Music

Michael Del Rossa

Makeup Effects

Caleb Deschanel

Director Of Photography

Alessandro Di Meo

Assistant Camera

Danilo Di Ruzza

Assistant Property Master

Justin Ditter

Wig Maker

Francis B K Dokyi

Office Production Assistant

John Donahue

Art Department

Michael Donahue

Software Engineer

Andrew Dudman

Music

Ken Duncan

Photography

Barbara Dunning

Assistant Editor

Alfredo Ecolangeli

Unit Manager Assistant

Terry Edwards

Music

Glen Eisner

Makeup Effects

Alberto Emidi

Key Grip

Sergio Ercolessi

Assistant Director

Benny Estrada

Colorist

Philip Farah

Puppets Design

Edoardo Finocchi

Stunts

Alessandro Fiorito

Accountant

Maria Fiorito

Accountant

Damien Fisher

Makeup Effects

Benedict Fitzgerald

Screenplay

Olga Fitzroy

Music

Michela Forbicioni

Camera

Alessandra Fortuna

Set Production Assistant

Federico Foti

Unit Manager

Renato Francola

Makeup Artist

Davide Franconieri

Greensman

Francesco Frigeri

Production Designer

Jennifer Fukasawa

Assistant

Professor William Fulco

Consultant

Professor William Fulco

Interpreter

Christopher Gallaher

Makeup Effects

Carlo Gervasi

Set Decorator

Mel Gibson

Screenplay

Mel Gibson

Producer

Alessandro Giuseppini

Casting

Thomas D Gleason

Assistant Camera

Ken Grassi

Production Coordinator

Michal Gregus

Assistant

Isobel Griffiths

Music Contractor

Rachel Griffiths

Assistant Director

Gary Gross

Production Consultant

Stefano Grossi

Grip

Vincent Guisetti

Foley Artist

Joshua Haber

Assistant

Scott G G Haller

Dialogue Editor

Juliet Hirata

Production Assistant

William Hoy

Editing

Carla Indoni

Hairdresser

Nick Ingman

Music Conductor

Iftimoaie Ionut

Stunts

Tim Jarvis

Makeup Effects

Scott A Jennings

Sound Effects Editor

Yvonna Jimenez

Assistant

Kelly Jones

Gaffer

Ramon Juncal

Modelmaker

Pamela Nedd Kahn

Foley Artist

Mark Killingsworth

Makeup Effects

John Kim

Makeup Effects

Mary Kim

Unit Production Manager

Jonathan Klein

Foley

Laurel Klick

Compositing Supervisor

Samba Koschak

Production

Veronika Kostrhounova

Makeup Artist

Bob Kretschmer

Wig Maker

Andrea Lancia

Sound Engineer

Suzanne Leance

Editor

Jonathan Lee

Sound

Brian Van Leer

Sound Engineer

Jack Lenz

Music

Stefano De Leonibus

Security

Curtis Lindersmith

Visual Effects Editor

Julie Lindner

Adr

Kristen E Lobstein

Makeup Effects

J.m. Logan

Visual Effects Producer

Howard London

Adr Mixer

Simone Lucchetti

Electrician

Rosa Luciani

Hairdresser

Bruno Di Luia

Stunts

Maurizio Lupi

Hairdresser

Pier Franco Luscri

Art Director

Daniela Macrillo

Accountant

Carlo Maggi

Plasterer

Marco Maggi

Loader

Salvatore Magnisi

Accountant

Gianpaolo Majorana

Grip

Rajeev Malhotra

Post-Production Supervisor

Ivano Marescotti

Other

Gianni Marini

Production

Aaron Martin

Music Coordinator

Pasqual Martino

Wrangler

Nicola Di Marzio

Office Production Assistant

Pietro Masotti

Swing Gang

Julianne Masted

Sound

Vincenzo Mastrantonio

Makeup Artist

Herwig Maurer

Sound Effects Editor

Sean Mccormack

Supervising Sound Editor

Linda C Mcdonnell

Effects Coordinator

Steve Mceveety

Producer

Brian Meck

Makeup Effects

Evelina Meghnagi

Dialogue Coach

Verena Mercenier

Makeup Effects

Paolo Merosi

Set Production Assistant

Kevin Michaels

Other

Jan Michelini

Set Production Assistant

Mario Michisanti

Makeup Artist

Mauro Mieli

Swing Gang

Scott Millan

Sound Mixer

Maurizio Millenotti

Costume Designer

Emanuela Minoli

Assistant Director

Riccardo Mioni

Stunts

Stefano Mioni

Stunt Coordinator

Kelley Mitchell

Makeup Effects

Vera Mitchell

Hair Stylist

Film Details

Also Known As
Passion, Passion of the Christ, The, passion du Christ
MPAA Rating
NR
Genre
Adaptation
Biography
Drama
Period
Religion
Release Date
2004
Distribution Company
EQUINOXE FILMS/NEWMARKET FILMS; Newmarket Films
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 6m

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

2004

Best Makeup

2004

Best Score

2004

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2004 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing for Music in a Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of the 2004 Satellite Award for Best Director by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States Winter February 25, 2004

Re-released in United States March 11, 2005

Released in United States on Video August 31, 2004

2005 re-release cut graphic scenes of Christ's crucifixion and other scenes of torture. Unable to secure a PG-13 rating, Newmarket Films will re-release the film unrated.

Released in United States Winter February 25, 2004

Re-released in United States March 11, 2005 (re-cut version)

Released in United States on Video August 31, 2004

Co-winner of the 2004 award for Freedom of Expression by the National Board of Review (NBR).