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.


Come with us. Help us.


Leave me alone.


No. This time you won't finish.

He grabs Jesus' hands and holds them.


Listen. Everything's ready. We're

going to save the Zealot. He could

be the one we've been waiting for.

You can't just pray for the Messiah.

You've got to help him. You can't

expect God to do everything. He needs

our help too.


He'll have to do it without me.


You might be killing the Messiah.

This Zealot today is not like all

the others. I feel it. He's different.

Don't finish the cross. Come with

us. Don't you want to be part of it?

You want the Romans to be here



The Messiah has nothing to do with

the Romans.


Yes he does. How else do you expect

to be free? If this Zealot is the

Messiah and we don't save him, then

he'll die and we'll never know. But

if we save him, the miracle might



What miracle?


The sign, the signal. The royal crown

of David will shine on his head.


It can't be much of a miracle if we

have to help.


You're not even ashamed.




Romans can't find carpenters to make

crosses. Except for you. You throw

yourself into it like a madman.

Everybody thinks you're crazy. But

not me. I can see through this act

of yours. Fainting, hearing voices,

having visions. Everyone thinks you're

a madman. But I know what your are.

You're an enemy. You're worse than

the Romans. You're a Jew who's killing

Jews. And you're not ashamed. You

don't even have any pride.


No, I don't have any pride. I don't

go to Synagogue. I disobey the

commandments. I work on the Sabbath.

Your Messiahs? You find them, I'll

crucify them.

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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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