The Passion of Christ

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Movie Title: The Passion of Christ

Director: Mel Gibson

Plot: This film tells the story of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus up till his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Release Date: February 25th, 2004. (Fact: Ash Wednesday falls on this date)

Previous Movie Title: The Passion. (Conflict: The Passion is already being used by Miramax for a historical romantic fantasy adapted from Jeanette Winterson's novel of the same name.)

Language: Latin and Aramaic with English subtitles. (The original plan: Mel Gibson had originally intended the film to be in Latin and Aramaic dialogue, to preserve autheuncity, without English subtitles but he later reconsidered.)

Distributor: Newmarket Film Group

Production Company: Marquis Films, Icon Productions

Main Cast: James Caviezel (Jesus), Monica Bellucci (Mary Magdalene), Rosalinda Celentano (Satan), Sergio Rubini (Dismas the Good Thief)

Screenwriter: Ben Fitzgerald, Mel Gibson, translated into Latin and Aramaic by Jesuit linguistics professor Bill Fulco

Based Upon: Diaries of St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) from the book "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ", "The Mystical City of God" by St. Mary of Agreda, and books of the New Testament.

Similar Film released: The Gospel of John, also about the crucifixion of Jesus based on the books of the New Testament.

Filming Facts:

Budget: $25 million

Production started: November 4, 2002

Production ended: January, 2003

Location: Matera and Craco (towns in Italy)

Expected Filming Time: 10 weeks

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