The Passion of the Christ

The Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson (2004)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Compelling yet repetitive, shocking yet plodding, Mel Gibson's labour of love (replete with subtitled Latin and Aramaic dialogue) charts the last 12 hours of Jesus's life on Earth, from his betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane through to the most punishing depiction of the crucifixion ever mounted. Gibson's commitment to the material is tangible, the much talked about brutality is unflinching and the earthy atmosphere is expertly evoked. But Jim (credited as James) Caviezel's Jesus makes for an impenetrable figure, some of the imagery doesn't quite come off - the depictions of evil are borderline laughable - and the narrow focus does little to provide a context to Jesus's teachings and suffering. Daring, passionate film-making it may be, but the lasting impression is one of preaching to the converted.


Re-creation of the final 12 hours of Jesus' life, beginning with His betrayal at the hands of disciple Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. He then endures torture and interrogation by Roman and Jewish authorities, culminating in His agonising death by crucifixion. Drama, directed by Mel Gibson and starring Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern and Monica Bellucci. In Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew.

Cast & Crew

Jesus Jim Caviezel
Mary Maia Morgenstern
Mary Magdalene Monica Bellucci
Caiphas, the High Priest Mattia Sbragia
Pontius Pilate Hristo Naumov Shopov
Claudia Procles, Pilate's wife Claudia Gerini
Judas Iscariot Luca Lionello
John Hristo Jivkov
Peter Francesco De Vito
Annas Toni Bertorelli
Abenader Fabio Sartor
Joseph of Arimathea Giancinto Ferro
Barabbas Pedro Sarubbi
Dismas Sergio Rubini
Director Mel Gibson
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Other Information

Language: Aramaic, Latin +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Contains graphic violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Mar 2004