Jesus, a humble Judean carpenter beginning to see that he is the son of God, is drawn into revolutionary action against the Roman occupiers by Judas -- despite his protestations that love, not violence, is the path to salvation. The burden of being the savior of mankind torments Jesus throughout his life, leading him to doubt. As he is put to death on the cross, Jesus is tempted by visions of an ordinary life married to Mary Magdalene.

  1. Nikos Kazantzakis


  2. Paul Schrader


  3. Martin Scorsese


Top Billed Cast

  1. Willem Dafoe

    Willem Dafoe


  2. Harvey Keitel

    Harvey Keitel


  3. Barbara Hershey

    Barbara Hershey

    Mary Magdalene

  4. David Bowie

    David Bowie

    Pontius Pilatus

  5. Harry Dean Stanton

    Harry Dean Stanton


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The Last Temptation of Christ
The Last Temptation of Christ


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Release Information

  • August 12, 1988


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 44m

Budget $7,000,000.00

Revenue $8,373,585.00

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