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ABC Primetime - Mel Gibson's Passion

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In this episode of Primetime, ABC News' Diane Sawyer interviews filmmaker Mel Gibson about his highly controversial movie, "The Passion of the Christ."

Gibson discusses his own religious beliefs with Sawyer and explains how his faith helped him overcome struggles with addiction and other personal problems at a spiritual low point in his life. These dark experiences ultimately led him to make "The Passion of the Christ."

He responds to charges that the movie's portrayal of the Jewish role in the death of Christ will encourage anti-Semitism. He also elaborates on comments he's made about the Holocaust. In addition, he tells why he felt it necessary to exhibit such a graphic depiction of Christ's crucifixion on film, and discusses his decision to tell the story in both Aramaic and Latin.

Sawyer also interviews Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who shares his views on the Passion of the Christ." Religious scholars, members of the clergy and others assess the film's potential impact.

Critics, theologians and film aficionados won't want to miss this exclusive interview about one of the most emotionally charged movies of our time - "The Passion of The Christ."

Approx. 40 mins.

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  • Actors: Diane Sawyer, Mel Gibson
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NM7W0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,166 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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94 of 103 people found the following review helpful By AJD on March 27, 2004
Format: DVD
If you're a fan of Gibson and "The Passion of the Christ" (like I am), buy this DVD. It's worth it to hear Gibson explain his reasons for making the film and to hear him discuss his personal beliefs.

However, the interview is also a testament to the media's incredible anti-Christian bias. Diane Sawyer did not even bother to veil her bias. The scowl on her face throughout the interview is shocking, considering journalists are supposed to be objective. It was clear she was furious with Gibson for "daring" to make a Christian film. (A true journalist, she is not. If one can decipher where a journalist falls on an issue, that journalist has absolutely failed his/her profession.) For that reason, I gave the DVD 4 stars instead of 5 stars.

Diane Sawyer also manages to give screen time to a funny-looking renegade former priest who does nothing but make a fool of himself. Why is this man qualified to speak and what does he have to do with the movie??? I'm sure Sawyer thought the fact that he's a priest (never mind that he's a FORMER priest), the fact that he makes offensive comments about Jesus Christ, and his criticizing the movie was enough to include this man in the interview. How low will Diane Sawyer sink? Moral of the story: claim that you're Christian, say some mean things about Jesus Christ, and you'll get screen time!!

Notice the incredibly antagonistic questions she throws at Gibson as compared to the soft-ball questions she throws at the movie's critics.

Overall, the interview will upset your fairness sensibilities but it's worth buying the DVD to listen to Gibson. I'm also looking forward to having this DVD around in future years when I want to recall what this controversy was about. What a hero Gibson is to have endured all this persecution, merely for making a movie about Jesus Christ that portrayed Him in (shock!) a positive light.

Hats off to you, Mel!
Diane Sawyer, go back to journalism school.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2004
Format: DVD
I watched this interview when it came out on TV, and thank God I wasn't in Mel's shoes because I'd probably pull out Diane's hair. Is it just me, or did she have the look of constipation when she was asking those questions. The women was so bias, and unfair. Even though this interview is only an hour, apparently, Diane and the crew at ABC spent 4 hours with Gibson, drilling him with questions. Mel was so professional, and was cool, calm, and collective. Diane on the other comment. She really is clueless and ignorant to Religion in general. My favorite part was when Mel told her "Read the gospels Diane." I guess she didn't do her homework, because she has no clue what she is talking about. I have lost respect for that Diane. Also, I would like to say something else, why do they always have to pick people are always against something. It should be 50/50 if you want a debate. It was all of them against Mel. By the way that Foxman guy who dressed up as a priest, and sneaked into a screening doesn't not speak for all Jews, I repeat.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: DVD
Would Diane Sawyer have the same bewildered scowl on her face she had for Mel if she was doing an in-depth interview with porn-meister Larry Flynt? Would she look as skeptical and objective fawning over the Clintons? Gushing with the latest doomed Hollywood couple?
Didn't think so.
I learned a lot about Mel Gibson in this interview but I also learned a lot about Diane Sawyer and how completely out-of-touch and distrustful the network media is toward people of faith.
Since I doubt the forthcoming PASSION DVD will have this interview included (and it should), I'll pick it up. I think it's the perfect introduction to this film.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Fairbanks VINE VOICE on August 18, 2004
Format: DVD
The mainstream media, so eager to crucify Mel Gibson for being an outspoken Christian and, therefore, not a hostage to the atheistic liberalism embraced by most film stars, isn't about to pass up an opportunity to cash in on his popularity. Hence, the release to home video of this episode of ABC News "Primetime."

When your audience is deserting you in droves for cable and the internet, you've got to find a way to make extra cash, but the only selling point is Mel Gibson whose popularity is soaring as ABC and Gibson's interrogator, the obnoxious Diane Sawyer, slide into irrelevance.

Such hypocrisy is not surprising, nor is it a revelation that Diane Sawyer is an embarrassment to her profession. This aging fluff chick's anti-Christian bias is evident throughout, but she never comes close to ruffling Mel's feathers. Unlike Sawyer, the superstar actor/director has a solid belief system and is not likely to be intimidated into muzzling those beliefs to accomodate the infidels of modern Babylon.

Although Mel holds his ground and makes quite an impression, and Sawyer makes a bigger fool of herself than she usually does, I can't justify buying this. Anyone who wanted to add this interview to their video library could have taped it from TV. They weren't likely to miss it since it was hyped in the same hysterical fashion that is network TV's stock-in-trade. Besides, Gibson gave a more in-depth interview to ETWN, the Catholic cable network that let him speak his mind without trying to trip him up, as Sawyer does, with stupid, insulting questions. Buying this video only puts money in the pockets of Sawyer and ABC. I gave up on ABC and the other broadcast networks long ago. I'm not about to support them now.

Brian W. Fairbanks
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