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The Passion of the Christ

Rating:R (for sequences of graphic violence)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:February 25, 2004
Running time:126 minutes
Cast:James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Hristo Jivkov, Ivano Marescotti
Director:Mel Gibson
Producer:Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Stephen McEveety
Writer:Benedict Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson
Distributor:Newmarket Film Group

Description: This depiction of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus opens with his betrayal by Judas, his condemnation by the Pharisees and his appearance before Pontius Pilate. Pilate defers to King Herod, but Herod returns Jesus. Pilate then asks the crowd to choose between Jesus and Barrabas. The crowd chooses Barrabas. Pilate washes his hands of the matter, and Jesus is forced to carry the cross through the streets to Golgotha where Roman soldiers crucify him. Although Jesus briefly fears that God, his Father, has abandoned him, he regains his faith, proclaiming "Into Thy hands I command my spirit." At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.

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