Academy Award-winning director Mel Gibson presents this profound story of courage and sacrifice. "The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
The film opens in Gethsemane where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. The events that follow are adapted from the four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
From the scene where Jesus is questioned by Caiaphas about whether he is the Son of God and replies "I AM" which to Caiaphas justifies the charge of blasphemy, to Peter's denial of knowing Jesus, to the remorseful Judas who, tormented by demons, flees the city and hangs himself, this film is filled with emotion, inspiration and a gut-wrenching reality.
The film reaches its climax as Jesus carries the cross along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary. Simon of Cyrene is unwillingly pressed into carrying the cross for Jesus. Jesus is crucified and, after his death, a single drop of rain falls from the sky. Jesus is lowered from the cross to his mother Mary, who looks directly at the audience in this Pieta. The movie ends with Jesus' resurrection and exit from the tomb, with the holes in his hands from the nails visible as he walks.
This seamless combination of stunning cinematography and inspirational acting makes "The Passion of the Christ" a masterpiece in filmmaking.
Actors: James Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov, Francesco De Vito
Directors: Mel Gibson
Writers: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
Producers: Mel Gibson, Bruce Davey, Enzo Sisti, Mark Joseph, Stephen McEveety
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
Run Time: 127 minutes