The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ
The Last Temptation of Christ
  • R
  • 2h 43m
  • 1988
Certified Fresh80%
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"The Best Film of 1988" declared Gene Siskel, Siskel & Ebert/Chicago Tribune, echoing the sentiments of numerous critics who included The Last Temptation of Christ as one of their "ten best films of the year." The powerful drama earned director Martin Scorsese an Academy Award® nomination for "Best Achievement in Directing," as well as Golden Globe® nominations for Barbara Hershey ("Best Actress") and Peter Gabriel ("Best Score"). Based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and starring Willem Dafoe, The Last Temptation of Christ is a visually breathtaking accomplishment.
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Critics Consensus: The Last Temptation of Christ is a surprisingly straight and passionate affair, one that also seeks to redeem Scorsese's '80s career.
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Controversial epic with brutality, sex. Mature teens only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Last Temptation of Christ is based on a novel (thought to be radical by some religious institutions) by Nikos Kazantzakis, published in 1953. The author departs from the traditional gospel story of Jesus Christ and his disciples. Because of that, when it was released in 1988, there was considerable controversy about the film's portrayal of Jesus and some elements of the story (Jesus's self-doubt, confusion about his role as the son of God, his sensuality). Other long-established orthodoxies were challenged as well (depictions of the disciples and Mary Magdalene). The film has many graphically violent scenes and no shortage of blood, brutality, screaming anguish, and death. Frontal nudity, both male and female, appears in a number of sequences, sometimes paired with frenzied sexual activity. Many scenes may be disturbing to audiences of any age and are not meant for children.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 12, 1988
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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