The Last Temptation of Christ Movie Poster
  • Released
  • August 12, 1988
  • R, 2 hr 44 min
  • Drama
  • 8 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Last Temptation of Christ is based on a novel (thought to be radical by some religious institutions) by Nikos Kazantzakis, published in 1953. The author departs from the traditional gospel story of Jesus Christ and his disciples. Because of that, when it was released in 1988, there was considerable controversy about the film's portrayal of Jesus and some elements of the story (Jesus's self-doubt, confusion about his role as the son of God, his sensuality). Other long-established orthodoxies were challenged as well (depictions of the disciples and Mary Magdalene). The film has many graphically violent scenes and no shortage of blood, brutality, screaming anguish, and death. Frontal nudity, both male and female, appears in a number of sequences, sometimes paired with frenzied sexual activity. Many scenes may be disturbing to audiences of any age and are not meant for children.

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