Martin Scorsese

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ

The Last Temptation of Christ, by Martin Scorsese, 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, Barbara Hershey, Harvey Keitel, Harry Dean Stanton, and David Bowie; bold cinematography by the great Michael Ballhaus; and a transcendent score by Peter Gabriel.

Film Info

  • Martin Scorsese
  • United States
  • 1988
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #70

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
  • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
  • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
  • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

New cover by Gordon Reynolds and Eva Wah

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus and editor Thelma Schoonmaker, with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack by supervising sound editor Skip Lievsay on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director Martin Scorsese, actor Willem Dafoe, and writers Paul Schrader and Jay Cocks
  • Galleries of production stills, research materials, and costume designs
  • Location production footage shot by Scorsese
  • Interview with composer Peter Gabriel, with a stills gallery of traditional instruments used in the score
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

New cover by Gordon Reynolds and Eva Wah

The Last Temptation of Christ
Cast
Willem Dafoe
Jesus
Harvey Keitel
Judas
Barbara Hershey
Mary Magdalene
Harry Dean Stanton
Saul/Paul
David Bowie
Pontius Pilate
Verna Bloom
Mary, mother of Jesus
Barry Miller
Jeroboam
Irvin Kershner
Zebedee
André Gregory
John the Baptist
Juliette Caton
Girl angel
Credits
Director
Martin Scorsese
Based on the novel by
Nikos Kazantzakis
Produced by
Barbara De Fina
Screenplay
Paul Schrader
Executive producer
Harry Ufland
Director of photography
Michael Ballhaus
Original score composed by
Peter Gabriel
Edited by
Thelma Schoonmaker
Production designer
John Beard
Costume designer
Jean-Pierre Delifer
Casting
Cis Corman

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