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The Last Temptation of Christ

Genres: Drama, Faith / Spirituality, Biblical, Criterion Collection, Based on Book

Cast: Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel, Barbara Hershey, Harry Dean Stanton, David Bowie, John Lurie

Director: Martin Scorsese

Synopsis: THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, by Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull), is a towering achievement. Though it initially engendered enormous controversy, the film can now be viewed as the remarkable, profoundly personal work of faith that it is. This fifteen-year labor of love, an adaptation of Nikos Kazantzakis's landmark novel that imagines an alternate fate for Jesus Christ, features outstanding performances by Willem Dafoe (Antichrist), Barbara Hershey (Hannah and Her Sisters), Harvey Keitel (Mean Streets), Harry Dean Stanton (Paris, Texas), and David Bowie (The Man Who Fell to Earth); bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus (Broadcast News); and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel.

Language: English

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1988


  • "A sincere, typically ambitious, and imaginative work from America's most provocatively intelligent filmmaker.", Geoff Andrew, Time Out
  • "Likely to inspire more serious thought on the nature of Jesus than any other film ever made.", Roger Ebert,


  • 1989: Winner, Venice Film Festival
  • 1988: Nominee, Golden Globe, Best Score
  • 1988: Nominee, Golden Globe, Best Supporting Actress, Barbara Hershey
  • 1988: Nominee, Oscar, Best Director, Martin Scorsese, Academy

 The Last Temptation of Christ
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