The Last Temptation of Christ

Synopsis: The carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth, tormented by the temptations of demons, the guilt of making crosses for the Romans, pity for men and the world, and the constant call of God, sets out to find what God wills for Him. But as His mission nears fulfillment, He must face the greatest temptation; the normal life of a good man. Based, not on the Gospels, but on Nikos Kazantzakis' novel of the same name.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Martin Scorsese
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
164 min


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.

Judas hits Jesus across the mouth.


You're lucky you're a Jew.




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.

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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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