The Passion of the Christ

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The Passion of the Christ is a 2004 film is a depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Directed by Mel Gibson. Written by Mel Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald.
By his wounds … we were healed (taglines)
One man changed the world … forever. (taglines)


An earlier depiction of Jesus' quote "I am the good shepherd". Stained glass at St. John's Anglican church, Ashfield, NSW, Australia.
  • I am the good shepherd. I lay down my life for my sheep. No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down and the power to take it up again. This command is from my Father.
  • You have heard that it was said, "Love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. If you love those who love you, what reward is there in that?
  • Take this and drink. This is my blood, spilled for you and for many. Do this in memory of me.
  • My heart is ready, Father. My heart is ready.
  • Peter, you could not watch even one hour with me?
  • Judas, you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?
  • Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.
  • Elahi, Elahi, lema sabachthani? ("My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?")
    • Traditionally untranslated in the Gospels
  • It is accomplished!
  • [Last lines] Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.


Satan: Do you really believe that one man can bear the full burden of sin?
Jesus: Shelter me, O Lord. I trust in you. In you I take my refuge.
Satan: No one man can carry this burden, I tell you. It is far too heavy. Saving their souls is too costly. No one. Ever. No. Never.
Jesus: Father, you can do all things. If it is possible, let this chalice pass from me … but let your will be done, not mine.
Satan: Who is your father? Who are you?

Caiphas: They say you are a king. Where is this kingdom of yours? What line of kings do you descend from? Speak up! You are just the son of some obscure carpenter, no?
Annas: Some say you are Elijah. But he was carried off to Heaven in a chariot!
Caiphas: Why don't you say something? You have been brought here as a blasphemer! What do you say to that? Defend yourself.
Jesus: I have spoken openly to everyone. I have taught in the temple where we all gathered. Ask those who have heard what I have to say.
Temple Guard: Is that how you address the high Priest? With arrogance? [strikes Jesus]
Jesus: If I have spoken evil, tell me what evil I have said. But if not, why do you hit me?

Annas: Yes, we will listen to those that have heard your blasphemies. Good! Let us hear them.
Accuser: He cures the sick by magic! With the help of devils! I have seen it. He casts out devils, with the help of devils!
Accuser: He calls himself the king of the Jews!
Accuser: No, he calls himself the Son of God! He said he would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days!
Accuser: Worse! He claims he is the Bread of Life! And if we do not eat his flesh or drink his blood, we will not inherit eternal life.
Caiphas: Silence! You are all under this man's spell. Either offer proof of his wrongdoing, or be quiet!
Nicodemus: This entire proceeding is an outrage. All I have heard from these "witnesses" is mindless contradiction!

Quotes about The Passion of the Christ[edit]

  • This has been germinating inside me for 10 years. I have a deep need to tell this story. It's part of your upbringing, but it can seem so distant. The Gospels tell you what basically happened; I want to know what really went down.
  • I felt like a great presence came within me at times when we were filming. This prayer that came from me was, "I don't want people to see me. I just want them to see Jesus. And through that, conversions will happen." That's what I wanted more than anything, that people would have a visceral effect to finally make a decision whether to follow Him or not.
  • When that Jesus movie came out, Jews didn't want people to see it. Everybody blames the Jews for killing Christ, and then the Jews try to pass it up on the Romans.
  • The lacerating detail in which the torture of Jesus is portrayed in the film, it seems to me, is a way of diverting attention from these alarming elements of reactionary propaganda. It isn't all that hard to upset Jews, as Gibson must have known he would, and it's even possible to suspect him of doing so in order to create a climate of emotional publicity.
  • To be fair to [Mel Gibson], he has made what is now probably the definitive movie on the Easter story, The Passion of the Christ, which, when it first came out, was subjected to quite a lot of criticism and abuse, mainly because it's a cynical piece of gratuitous trash aimed at simple-minded born-again plankton. And for this reason it made a lot of money, so now some Hollywood studios get a panel of Christians to vet their movies before release just to make sure they won't offend any ignorant born-again shit-kickers who might happen to be watching. The future looks bright for American culture, wouldn't you say?

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