The Last Temptation of Christ script
Synopsis: The Last Temptation of Christ is a 1988 American epic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. Written by Paul Schrader with uncredited rewrites from Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the film is a film adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis' controversial 1955 novel of the same name. The film, starring Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Andre Gregory, Harry Dean Stanton, and David Bowie, was shot entirely in Morocco.

Judas hits Jesus across the mouth.

JUDAS:

You're lucky you're a Jew.

JESUS:

Why?

JUDAS:

Anyone else would have been dead by

now. You think Zealots are murderers?

We're pathfinders, we're patriots,

and you're in the way.

JESUS:

Then get me out of the way.

Judas and Jesus stare each other down.

JUDAS:

I will. In my time. Not yours. When

I'm told.

JESUS:

When did you ever need permission to

kill anybody?

JUDAS:

To kill a Roman, never. To kill a

Jew, we all have to agree. We have

more respect for Jews than you do.

The next time I see you, you're dead.

CUT TO:

EXT. CARPENTER'S WORKSHOP - DAY

A CENTURION pushes his way through a small crowd.

Jesus stands ready outside the workshop, the crossbar resting

against a wall. The crowd is taunting him with cries of

"Crossmaker!," "Traitor," "Cooperator," "Collaborator," but

he ignores them.

Someone throws something. A MAN in the crowd deliberately

jostles him roughly, trying to start a fight. The Centurion

breaks things up.

CENTURION:

Leave him alone. You ready?

(as Jesus nods)

Come on.

Jesus buckles the nail-studded belt around his waist. The

Centurion helps Jesus heft the cross-beam to his shoulders.

The Centurion leads Jesus through a gauntlet the crowd has

formed from the village to the crucifixion site on the edge

of Nazareth. Ahead, six Roman soldiers lead the protesting

ZEALOT. Two mounted soldiers flank the group. The Zealot's

hands are tied behind him. His clothes are torn and bloody,

his long hair and grey beard matted with blood and sweat.

ZEALOT:

You're the people of Israel! God is

with us! He's judging us now! Fight!

The soldiers push him along.

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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