Mel Gibson's upcoming epic THE PASSION OF CHRIST will hit American cinemas on 25 February (04) - which is the Christian calendar's Ash Wednesday.

The controversial film - which chronicles the last few days of JESUS's life - will be distributed by NEWMARKET FILMS, as trade papers predicted.

Deciding to release the film on such a significant day - which marks the start of Lent - is certain to ruffle more feathers. The film has already garnered criticism from Jewish leaders who say it blames Jews for Jesus' death.

24/10/2003 01:44