The Last Temptation of Christ

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Released 1988

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Director:
Martin Scorsese
Released:
1988
Rating:
R

The Last Temptation of Christ is the 1988 richly controversial religious drama starring Willem Defoe, directed by legendary director Martin Scorcese, and is now available on Hulu. Based on the equally controversial novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, and adapted to the screen by famed screenwriter Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), this all-star cast biblical epic portrays Jesus Christ (Defoe) in the events leading up to his crusifiction, but in the perspective of a human. Jesus of Nazareth is a carpenter in Roman occupied Judea. However he constructs the wooden crosses used by the Romans to crucify Jews, and therefore hated among his people. When roman rebellion assassin Judas (Harvey Keitel) hears Jesus' message of love, he changes his mind about killing Jesus for his treason and believes that he is the Messiah. Jesus and Judas travel around Judea spreading his message of love and performing miracles. When Jesus is plagued with doubts and fears about God's plan for him, he retreats to the desert where Satan tempts him to stray from his path of martyrdom. This daring piece of cinema dares to ponder the humanity of Jesus Christ, and all that goes with it.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a film that engaged me on the subject of Christ's dual nature, that caused me to think about the mystery of a being who could be both God and man. I cannot think of another...

  • 90

    Variety

    A film of challenging ideas, and not salacious provocations, The Last Temptation of Christ is a powerful and very modern reinterpretation of Jesus as a man wracked with anguish and...

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    despite such maladroit moments, The Last Temptation of Christ finally exerts enormous power. What emerges most memorably is its sense of absolute conviction, never more palpable th...

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