Mel Gibson's 'Passion' Makes Debut

Controversial Film Depicts Crucifixion of Christ in Graphic Detail

Listen: Bob Mondello Reviews 'The Passion'

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Jim Caviezel's portrayal of Jesus.

Jim Caviezel's portrayal of Jesus, in a scene from The Passion of the Christ. Philippe Antonello hide caption

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With actors speaking in subtitled Aramaic and Latin, Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was originally thought of as an art-house picture. But as the director traded accusations with Jewish leaders and pundits speculated on whether the film would fuel anti-Semitism, interest has grown to the point that it opened this week in some 2,800 theaters. Follow NPR's coverage of the film:

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