Last Temptation of Christ, The (1988)

Original Title : The Last Temptation of Christ
Director : Martin Scorsese
Writer : Nikos Kazantzakis
Paul Schrader
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Barbara De Fina, Harry J. Ufland
Music : Peter Gabriel
Photography : Michael Ballhaus
Distributor : CIC Vídeo, Columbia TriStar, Criterion Collection, The, Criterion Collection, The, Universal Pictures
IMDB ID : 0095497
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Willem Dafoe Jesus
Harvey Keitel Judas
Paul Greco Zealot
Steve Shill Centurian (as Steven Shill)
Verna Bloom Mary, Mother of Jesus
Barbara Hershey Mary Magdalene
Roberts Blossom Aged Master
Barry Miller Jerobeam
Gary Basaraba Andrew, Apostle
Irvin Kershner Zebedee
Victor Argo Peter, Apostle
Michael Been John, Apostle
Paul Herman Phillip, Apostle
John Lurie James, Apostle
Leo Burmester Nathaniel, Apostle
Andre Gregory John The Baptist
Peggy Gormley Martha, Sister of Lazarus
Randy Danson Mary, Sister of Lazarus
Robert Spafford Man At Wedding
Doris von Thury Woman with Mary, Mother of Jesus (as Doris Von Thury)
Tomas Arana Lazarus / Voice in Crowd
Alan Rosenberg Thomas, Apostle
Del Russel Money Changer
Nehemiah Persoff Rabbi
Donald Hodson Saducee
Harry Dean Stanton Saul / Paul
Peter Berling Beggar
David Bowie Pontius Pilate


The carpenter Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for him. But as his mission nears fulfillment, he must face the greatest temptation: the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name.


I begin with the reaction of a friend, whom I had asked to watch this movie. He/she wrote back to me telling that this movie was an absolute nonsense, and the imagination of a weird person. Accroding to this person, this movie was absolutely irrelevant and completely lost at lot of points."I regret having asked him/her to watch this movie. I also think that most people disagree with this movie and dislike it for the same reason: they simply do not get it!! In my opinion, the victory of this movie lies in that very fact, because most people do not like to think,and if forced to think, they react aggressively.Even if all other movies (the so-called masterpieces, the gory Gangster movies) of Martin Scorsese cease to exist tomorrow, this movie alone will keep his name intact as one of the brilliant movie makers.I'm not an intellectual (actually far from it), and yet I could understand and appreciate this movie. Anyone, who is not a religious fanatic, and who has the slightest mental faculty (and love) to think, should watch this movie!
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