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The Last Temptation Of Christ [DVD]

Willem Dafoe , Harvey Keitel , Martin Scorsese    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Paul Greco, Steve Shill
  • Directors: Martin Scorsese
  • Writers: Nikos Kazantzakis, Paul Schrader
  • Producers: Barbara De Fina, Harry J. Ufland
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It isn't difficult to imagine why this 1988 retelling of the Crucifixion story was picketed so vociferously on its release in the US--this Jesus bears little resemblance to the classical Christ, who was not, upon careful review of the Gospels, ever reported to have had sex with Barbara Hershey. Heavily informed by Gnostic reinterpretations of the Passion, The Last Temptation of Christ (based rather strictly on Nikos Kazantzakis's novel of the same name) is surely worth seeing for the controversy and blasphemous content alone. But the "last temptation" of the title is nothing overtly naughty--rather, it's the seduction of the commonplace; the desire to forgo following a "calling" in exchange for domestic security. Willem Dafoe interprets Jesus as spacey, indecisive and none too charismatic (though maybe that's just Dafoe himself), but his Sermon on the Mount is radiant with visionary fire; a bit less successful is method actor Harvey Keitel, who gives the internally conflicted Judas a noticeable Brooklyn accent, and doesn't bring much imagination to a role that demands a revisionist's approach. Despite director Martin Scorsese's penchant for stupid camera tricks, much of the desert footage is simply breathtaking, even on small screen. Ultimately, Last Temptation is not much more historically illuminating than Monty Python's Life of Brian, but hey, if it's authenticity you're after, try Gibbon's. --Miles Bethany

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Martin Scorsese's controversial re-telling of the life of Christ emphasises Jesus' human struggle. Unsure of his destiny, Jesus (Willem Dafoe) makes crosses for the Romans to crucify Jews on. Judas is sent to kill the collaborator, but decides to follow him instead, sensing that he may be the Messiah. In the most controversial sequence, Jesus succumbs to the temptation of normal human existence in a vision on the cross.

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crispy and Spicy..... 12 Jun 2002
By A Customer
A depiction of Christ's life including a vision of what his life might have been like had he not been crucified...(!)
As screenwriter Paul Schrader explains on the commentary track included on this disc, those who were horrified by "The Last Temptation of Christ" picked the wrong reasons. Most of the controversy focused on a scene in which Jesus and Mary Magdalene make love, but that, of course, only happens in the dying Christ's imagination, as Satan is tempting him with visions of the normal life he has given up. The real heresy in "Last Temptation" (which Schrader adapted from the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis) is its depiction of Judas as Jesus' most loving and loyal disciple, chosen for the difficult act of betrayal necessary to ensure human salvation. Nobody noticed, and so a film intended as a reverent, deeply serious exploration of faith was widely understood, for better or worse, as blasphemous.
The story explores the real life of our world...
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Open Minded 13 Jun 2004
Anyone interested in religion and frightened off by all the negative hype when this was released should see this film. The first time I watched it, out of curiousity, and although quite lengthy, (stick with it) the last hour blew me away!
As a fan of Keitel anyway, (he plays Judas) and DeFoe, their combined presence is ample to engross the movie fan, add David Bowie's understated pilate and Peter Gabriel's score, Barbara Hershey (say no more), this is a film to be reckoned with. For those with religious views, I'd like to say that I'm a confirmed Christian, and this film played a part in strengthening my faith.
It's a profound experience...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese + Jesus = Masterpiece! 26 April 2010
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Martin Scorsese has always had a feel for aesthetics.
The combination of music, colours and moods are usually what stands out in his films; and again and again he has proven to be an expert of period/historical pictures. "The Aviator," "The Age of Innocence," "Gangs of New York," "Kundun"; all films have one thing in common, whether they are good films or not, and that is that they're believable from a cultural and historical perspective. Scorsese understands something that few modern filmmakers do: that the setting of the story, the time and place, is not important. There are things that transcend time and place, things that are universal. As is the case with his adaptation of the Greek orthodox writer Kazantzakis' fictional account of Jesus Christ, "The Last Temptation of Christ."
The film has an undeniably modern angle, but it works, perhaps even more so, because it reevaluates and probes certain fundamental aspects of the Jesus myth: his divinity vs. his humanity. This is of course the crux of the film, and why it sparked such controversy when it came (mainly from religious fanatics who hadn't ACTUALLY seen it!) But today, some twenty-plus years later, its outrageous blasphemy is less obvious, particularly in the wake of things like Mel Gibson's "The Passion of Christ." "Can we finally look at The Last Temptation of Christ?" the filmreviewer David Ehrenstein asks himself in the DVD booklet. I think we can, and we can enjoy it, for it is a truly beautiful film. The Maroccan landscapes, the atmospheric soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, the colours and the surreal images, the devotion and honest love in every actor's face, all add up to a wonderful viewing experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film 31 Mar 2009
Very good film (for the music and cinematography alone), highly recommended for anyone willing to consider Christ as just a man, subject to the normal temptations of man.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most realistic 20 July 2010
By Stella
This is the most realistic of the biblical films I have seen, based on information over the years that I have read and researched.

I enjoyed the film immensley the acting was superb, the subject dealt with sensitively and yet not trying to cover up the possible truth of Jesus's life.

It is a film I would highly reccomend well worth watching.

Willem Dafoe, and Harvey Keitel were superb in their portrayal of the characters they were playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, well played 28 April 2010
I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it in the cinema long time ago. The DVD is an equally good experience. Should be part of every serious movie collection.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorsese's Passion 17 Jun 2009
The Last Temptation of Christ is perhaps Scorsese's best film. True, it's rather tied to the story for the first fourth-fifths, but though it's an oft-overused claim hijacked by fanboys who've seen too few films, this film truly reinvented the way period epics and Biblical epics could be made, with startling visuals and imaginative and aggressive editing combining with real passion from its director. It makes a virtue of his limited budget, getting in close in a way religious epics hadn't, ignoring the spectacle (always a good idea when you only have five Romans) for the intimate and creates a convincing environment. It's set in a time and place where God and man, magic and the mundane co-exist, but pointedly the first biblical landscape on screen to really look like a Semitic country rather than a Christian one. There's a sense of pioneers in a harsh frontier. The sound, too, thanks to the crude clash of accents - his disciples are simple men concerned about their sheep or fishing and their accents are gratingly from the streets while David Bowie seems to be channelling a lazy Michael Caine doing posh as Pontius Pilate - and Peter Gabriel's superb world-music influenced score that has been often imitated but rarely given it's the recognition it deserves.

Sergio Leone may have thought he looked more like a serial killer than Saviour, but in Willem Dafoe, Scorse has an alternately angry and charming doubting Messiah caught between Man and God as he struggles to find His way to God's path. There's an added level of immediacy in the way He is shown actually engaging with his audience on a personal level rather than preaching AT them or holding a press conference, yet even then finding himself completely misinterpreted as some of his audience misunderstand his words as an excuse for violence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Last Temptation Of Christ" - Two Versions on BLU RAY - One With...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the controversial “The Last Temptation Of Christ”. And the BLU RAY is available in only two areas. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Compelling Moments
Martin Scorsese (and screenwriter Paul Schrader's) film of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial novel is undoubtedly a piece of brave film-making, but, for me, purely as a cinematic... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Keith M
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Directors Finest Hour
I'd been curious about this movie for some time.

I do believe in God and I am very open minded and the truth is - I just didn't think this was a great movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kokino
Utterly fantastic!! Sticks completely faithful to Nikos Kazantzakis' novel. If ~ and it's a big if ~ Jesus did exist, then this is how it was. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Lorraine Mcpherson
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating story
The first time I watched this film I was under the influence of psychedelics and I'll admit that it freaked me out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars who are you. why are you following me.
25years since I saw this movie, I still remember that dialogue.
this is one of my favorite movie.
I like Willem Defoe 's movies around 1980's to 90's.
Published 8 months ago by yangcheng
4.0 out of 5 stars A Man Terrorised by His Own Questions
It is difficult to believe now (2013) the furore that this film caused when first released back in 1988. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicholas Casley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Acting between Dafoe's Jesus and Harvey Keitel's Judas is remarkable. Maybe a little dated now but a very strong ending makes this a very good movie.
Published 10 months ago by Julian Pilling
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars because I don't feel strongly enough about the film to give it...
I never shy away from "blasphemy", but if it wasn't for that accusation this film would have done far worse that it has. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Varian Beauregard
1.0 out of 5 stars Meaningless
I had been curious of this film for ages and obtained it to find out what it was actually all about having seen excerpts and had heard some controversy over the years about it. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by walbedo
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