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This striking vision from the mind of director Martin Scorsese offers an allegorical interpretation of the last days of Jesus Christ, based on the book by Nikos Kazantzakis. Based strictly on Kazantzakis's book, the film has a very different focus than past portraits of the "Messiah." This Jesus (Willem Defoe) is a man wracked with doubt over his position among his followers and fear of the role God has chosen for him, as well as the pain that must accompany it. He is unsure whether the messages he receives come from God or Satan, and he is tempted by a mortal life filled with earthly possessions and sensual love, resulting in a controversial, though genuinely sympathetic, account of Christianity's most revered figure. <br> <br> Scorsese establishes a dreamlike mood by combining Michael Ballhaus?s photography with a transcendent soundtrack by Peter Gabriel in order to fully explore the idea that perhaps Jesus was both God and man. Rather than train his assembled cast to deliver their lines in historical...
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CastBarbara Hershey
DirectorMartin Scorsese
Release Date:  1988
MPAA Rating:  R
DVD Release Date:  Home Vision (April 18, 2000)
Runtime:  2hr 43min
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review by . February 01, 2009
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Pros: An unwavering portrayal of the human side of Jesus     Cons: Doubtful it will cause those who deny that side of him to think     The Bottom Line: Do you think maybe the point of God coming to Earth was to show that he doesn't offend as easily as his followers would like to believe?     It occurs to me as I write this that I don't ever recall the Jesus of the Gospels so much as implying his own perfection. Christians say God is a triune …
review by . January 22, 2002
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Pros: .......     Cons: .......     The Bottom Line: ........        I was raised a Baptist. Not a holy-roller, Bible thumping type of Baptist, just a regular Baptist. We studied the Bible, including the new and old testaments and although I haven't been a regular church member for many years, I still have those testaments burrowed away in my head.       To say I found this movie both intriguing and disquieting …
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