The Passion Recut is the do-over of The Passion of The Christ (also known simply as “The Passion”), a 2004 Biblical drama directed by Mel Gibson. Released a year after the original version, The Passion Recut, is essentially the same film minus around five to seven minutes of graphic violence.
The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus Christ, Maia Morgenstern as the Virgin Mary, and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, primarily depicts the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life, largely according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. It also draws on pious accounts such as the Friday of Sorrows, along with other devotional writings, such as the reputed Marian apparitions attributed to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a Roman Catholic Augustinian Canoness and mystic. (Gibson brought Anne Catherine Emmerich’s vision to prominence as he used her book The Dolorous Passion as a key source for his movie. The director stated that Scripture and “accepted visions” were the only sources he drew on, and a careful reading of Emmerich’s book shows the film’s high level of dependence on it.)
There are 88 differences between the Recut and the original theatrical version, which include:
- 67 cut scenes
- 17 scenes with alternative footage
- 4 recuts/additional scenes in the Recut
The Recut is 280,18 seconds (4:40 minutes) shorter than the theatrical Version.