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The Passion of The Christ Details


Mel Gibson's well-publicized production The Passion of the Christ concerns the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The dialogue is spoken in the ancient Aramaic language, along with Latin and Hebrew. In the Garden of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives, Jesus (James Caviezel) is betrayed by Judas Iscariot (Luca Lionello). Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy and brought before Pontius Pilate (Hristo Naumov Shopov), the Roman governor of Judea, for sentencing. The roaring crowd demand his death, so Pilate orders his crucifixion. Jesus is severely beaten and made to carry his cross up to Golgotha, the hill outside Jerusalem, where he is nailed to the cross. Romanian theatrical actress Maia Morgenstern plays Mary, Mother of God, and Italian superstar Monica Bellucci plays Mary Magdalene. Amid much controversy involving Gibson and various religious organizations, The Passion of the Christ received an international theatrical release in February of 2004. In March 2005, Gibson released an unrated version of the film, dubbed The Passion Recut, that eliminated five to six minutes of the more graphic scenes of flogging and crucifixion. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:February 25, 2004


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Debney Best Score 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keith Vanderlaan Best Makeup 2004 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Caleb Deschanel Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Caleb Deschanel Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Christien Tinsley Best Makeup 2004 Nominee


James Caviezel
as Jesus Christ
Monica Bellucci
as Mary Magdalene
Claudia Gerini
as Claudia Procles
Maia Morgenstern
as Mary
Sergio Rubini
as Dismas
Robert Bestazzoni
as Malchus
Toni Bertorelli
as Annas
Francesco Cabras
as Gesmas
Giovanni Capalbo
as Cassius
Rosalinda Celentano
as Satan
Emilio De Marchi
as A Scornful Roman
Francesco De Vito
as Peter
Lello Giulivo
as A Brutish Roman
Abel Jafry
as Second Temple Officer
Hristo Jivkov
as John
Luca Lionello
as Judas
Jarreth Merz
as Simon
Matt Patresi
as Janus
Fabio Sartor
as Abenader
Mattia Sbragia
as Caiphas
Hristo Shopov
as Pontius Pilate
Roberto Visconti
as A Scornful Roman
Giancinto Ferro
as Joseph of Arimathea
Olek Mincer
as Nicodemus
Adel Ben Ayed
as Thomas
Luca De Dominicis
as Herod
Pedro Sarubbi
as Barabbas
Angelo DiLoreta
as The 5th Elder The Accuser
Francesco Gabriele
as 3rd Elder
Ivano Marescotti
as Pilatus
Ted Rusoff
as 2nd Elder
Francesco Gabriele
as 3rd Elder
Angelo DiLoreta
as The 5th Elder The Accuser
Ivano Marescotti
as Pilatus


Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
Bruce Davey
Stephen McEveety
Benedict Fitzgerald
Mel Gibson
Caleb Deschanel
John Debney
Composer (Music Score)
John Wright
Francesco Frigeri
Production Designer
Luscri Pierfranco
Art Director
Daniela Pareschi
Art Director
Nazzareno Piana
Art Director
Enzo Sisti
Executive Producer
Carlo Gervasi
Set Decorator
Maurizio Millenotti
Costume Designer
Maurizio Argentieri
Sound/Sound Designer
Sergio Ercolessi
First Assistant Director
Rachel Griffiths
First Assistant Director
Shaila Rubin
Greg Cannom
Makeup Special Effects
Keith Vanderlaan
Visual Effects
Keith Vanderlaan
Makeup Special Effects
Christien Tinsley
Ted Rae
Second Unit Director
Ted Rae
Visual Effects Supervisor
Stefano Mioni
Stunts Coordinator