The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

Martin Scorsese (1988)

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Our Score
Ignore all the controversy and see this moving adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's novel for what it is - a challenging essay on the life of Jesus had he ignored his divine destiny and chosen to pursue human aims instead. Certainly neither blasphemous nor offensive, Martin Scorsese's film re-creates the biblical milieu in a highly evocative manner and the all-star performances are welcome modern reinterpretations of scripture stereotypes. It's slightly too long, and Scorsese does pull some punches in deference to the subject matter, but these are minor criticisms; one should take any opportunity to cut through the contention and reappraise this sincere work.


A self-doubting Jesus dreams of the life he could have if he were to escape his destiny and live as an ordinary man. Martin Scorsese's Biblical drama based on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel, starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey and David Bowie.

Cast & Crew

Jesus Christ Willem Dafoe
Judas Iscariot Harvey Keitel
Mary Magdalene Barbara Hershey
Saul / Paul Harry Dean Stanton
Pontius Pilate David Bowie
Mary, mother of Jesus Verna Bloom
John the Baptist Andre Gregory
Girl angel Juliette Caton
Aged master Roberts Blossom
Zebedee Irvin Kershner
Peter, apostle Victor Argo
James, apostle John Lurie
Lazarus / Voice in crowd Tomas Arana
Rabbi Nehemiah Persoff
Director Martin Scorsese
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains some violence and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray