R | | Drama
The life of Jesus Christ, his journey through life as he faces the struggles all humans do, and his final temptation on the cross.
As of 2016, the only Martin Scorsese film to ever get nominated for the Razzie Awards.
See, this is what happens when a man swears off sex; the semen backs up into his brain!
The film opens with a printed text, translated from the writings of Nikos Kazantzakis. It contains the line "My principle anguish and source of all my joys and sorrows from my youth onward has been the incessant, merciless battle between the spirit and the flesh." The word "principle" is used incorrectly, the correct context is "principal." This mistake has not been corrected in any home video release despite being widely noted ever since the movie first came out.
During the end credits, Peter Gabriel, composer for the film, credits all the people that used instruments for the music.
Most DVD and streaming versions are missing Judas's line, "It's Magdalene; she deserves it," right before the attempted stoning scene. The line can be heard on the Criterion Blu-ray.
$401,211 (USA) (14 August 1988)