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The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ
Directed byMel Gibson
Screenplay by
  • Mel Gibson
  • Benedict Fitzgerald
Based onThe Passion in the New Testament of the Bible and The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by Anne Catherine Emmerich
Produced by
  • Bruce Davey
  • Mel Gibson
  • Stephen McEveety
CinematographyCaleb Deschanel
Edited by
  • John Wright
  • Steve Mirkovich
Music byJohn Debney
Newmarket Films
Distributed byIcon Productions
Release date
  • February 25, 2004 (2004-02-25)
Running time
127 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million[2]
Box office$612 million[2]

The Passion of the Christ is the title of a movie that was produced and directed by Mel Gibson based on sister Catherine Emmerich's visions. It was released in 2004. The movie shows the last 24 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth (called by his followers Jesus Christ) as told in the Gospel accounts contained in the New Testament that Christians regard as a part of the Holy Bible.

The Passion of the Christ was unusual and controversial for many reasons. All of the speech was in three languages that were spoken at the time of Jesus: Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The movie spent a lot of time showing details of the suffering and death of Jesus, with lots of violent scenes. Mel Gibson said that this was a realistic showing of what happened, though others thought it showed too much violence.

Jewish groups and Christians objected to the movie because it showed the Jewish leaders arranging to have Jesus killed. There were also other depictions in the film of Jews that many Jews and Christians felt was controversial. They said that this would cause people to think that modern-day Jews were guilty because of this and increase antisemitism and inaccurate beliefs of Jews. The movie makers said that this was not their intention, however criticism from both sides continued and still persists to this day.

Mel Gibson was unable to get support from movie studios for this movie, and so supplied the money for it (around $25 million) mostly himself. The movie made much more money than expected -around $370 million.


  1. "The Passion of the Christ (18)". British Board of Film Classification. February 18, 2004. Retrieved June 2, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Passion of the Christ (2004): summary". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
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