The Passion of the Christ (2004) - full transcript

A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner they would rather to see set free--Jesus, or Barrabas. The crowd chooses to have Barrabas set free. Thus, Jesus is handed over to the Roman soldiers and is brutally flagellated. Bloody and unrecognizable, he is brought back before Pilate who, once again, presents him to the thirsty crowd--assuming they will see that Jesus has been punished enough. The crowd, however, is not satisfied. Thus, Pilate washes his hands of the entire dilemma, ordering his men to do as the crowd wishes. Whipped and weakened, Jesus is presented with the cross and is ordered to carry it through the streets of Jerusalem, all the way up to Golgotha. There, more corporal cruelty takes place as Jesus is nailed to the cross--suffering, he hangs there, left to die. Initially, in his dazed suffering, Jesus is alarmed that he has been abandoned by God his father. He then beseeches God. At the moment of his death, nature itself over-turns.

You could not watch even one hour with me?

Master, what has happened to you?

Should I call the others, Lord?

No, John. I don't want them to see me like this.

Are you in danger? Should we flee, Master?

Stay here. Watch...


What is wrong with him?

He seems afraid.

He had spoken about danger while we ate...

He mentioned betrayal and...


Thirty, Judas.

That was the agreement between me... and you?



Where is he?

Hear me, Father.

Rise up, defend me.

Save me from the traps they set for me.

Do you really believe...

...that one man can bear...

...the full burden of sin?

Shelter me, O Lord.

I trust in You.

In You I take refuge.

No one man can carry this burden...

...I tell you.

It is far too heavy.

Saving their souls is too costly.

No one. Ever.



Father, you can do all things.

If it is possible, let this chalice pass from me...

But let Your will be done...

...not mine.

Who is your father?

Who are you?

Who are you looking for?

We're looking for Jesus of Nazareth.

I am he.

Hail, Rabbi!

Judas... betray the Son of Man with a kiss?


Put it down!

Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.

Put it down.

Malchus! Get up!

We've got him. Let's go!

What, Mary? What is it?


"Why is this night different from every other night?"

"Because once we were slaves...

"...and we are slaves no longer..."

They've seized him!

Everyone you can, hear? To the courtyard of the High Priest.