Rev. Billy Graham: 'Passion' Moves Graham To Tears

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    'Passion' Moves Graham To Tears

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    Last Modified: 11/29/2003 7:44:05 PM


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Rev. Billy Graham gave an enthusiastic thumbs-up to Mel Gibson's biblical epic, "The Passion of Christ," after a private screening with the movie star.

    The film, which describes the hours before Jesus Christ's crucifixion, has generated complaints from some Jewish leaders, who say it suggests Jews were responsible for Christ's death.

    Conservative Catholics who have seen the film have called it powerful.

    "The film is faithful to the Bible's teaching that we are all responsible for Jesus' death, because we all have sinned," the 85-year-old evangelist said. "It is our sins that caused his
    death, not any particular group."

    In a statement released Tuesday by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, the Southern Baptist also said he "was moved to tears" by the film.

    Gibson spent a reported $30 million to produce the movie. Set for release Feb. 25, the movie's dialogue is in Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic with English subtitles.

    "I doubt if there has been a more graphic and moving presentation of Jesus' death and resurrection, which Christians believe are the most important events in human history," Graham
    said.

    Graham attended a screening a month ago -- one of several Gibson has hosted for religious leaders.
     
  2. massdak

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    i am not sure this film would be a good thing to watch or not. if it would give a person some wrong or unbiblical impressions, then it could cause some problems.
    i am curious enough to see it but sorta skeptical
     
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    I don't attend films religious or otherwise, but the word about subtitles is enough to turn me away. They just don't make films for people with visual problems. I could never read the subtitles.

    Cheers, there is no drama that can be filmed that the mind cannot capture.

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    i would be more skeptical because graham has somewhat endorsed it. graham has endorsed some things that are not biblical before
     
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    I look forward to seeing the film when it is locally released.
     
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    Jim1999 said:

    I don't attend films religious or otherwise, but the word about subtitles is enough to turn me away.

    Just ignore 'em, Jim. Gibson's original plan was to film it without the subtitles and let the visuals speak for themselves despite the language barrier. Adding the subtitles was only a more recent concession.

    So by disregarding the English translation, you're actually viewing the film the way Gibson intended it to be seen.
     
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    An interesting note is that the hand that you see placing the nail on the palm is actually Mel Gibson's hand, symbolic of his sin nailing Jesus to the cross.
     
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    We hadn't planned on seeing this film. But we saw the crucifixion scene, it looked so real, more authentic then any I've ever seen, I cried just seeing that 5 or 6 minutes,we knew we had to see it. We'll be at teh theatre the first weekend. ANd my husband who hates subtitle, he can't read them fast enough, didn't care about the subtitles, said you didn't need them.
     
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    Tom, I did NOT know that but oh how touching and how true! Thank you for sharing that!

    Diane
     

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