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"The Passion of the Christ" opens nationwide

February 25, 2004

Albany - Powerful, incredible, life changing - that's how people are describing the movie "The Passion of the Christ." The Mel Gibson film, which depicts the last hours Jesus's life, opened in nearly 3,000 theaters across the country on Wednesday.

There were long lines at Albany's Wynnsong Cinema. The movie is already sold out through Sunday.

People were still crying as the left the theater. They said the movie was violent, but it was a true portrayal of the brutal death of Christ.

"I will never be the same again. Every step I take for now on, I will try to be a better Christian. Christ gave so much for us, it strange that it took a movie to understand that and to realize that," said Blake Bailey.

The opening of the $25,000,000 film was delayed so it would open on Ash Wednesday -- the beginning of the Christian observance of Lent.

Posted at 7:03PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com