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8/31/04-Tyler

Thousands Of Copies Of "The Passion Of The Christ" Sold

It's been called one of the most powerful and influential films of all time. Now "The Passion of the Christ" is available on VHS and DVD.
At the Lifeway Christian Store in Tyler, quick moving hands scooped up and bagged copy after copy of "The Passion of the Christ."
Customers lined up, while employees hurried and searched through the stacks of the 1,100 presale receipts.
"We had lines outside," said employee Clay Winske. "We had a pretty good crowd at the table, we had about 3 of us working it. At about 10 o'clock we had 50 people come in right off the bat within the first 20 or 30 minutes.
The cash register rang up a steady stream of customers already to have their own copy.
"I saw it 3 times," said customer Ray Drake. "I was in great anticipation, so August 31st couldn't have come soon enough for me anyway."
Some could hardly wait to watch it again.
"(I'm going to) watch it tonight with my children," said Donna Tatum. "We'll probably watch it no telling how many times."
For others, it was a chance to watch the movie for the first time in the comforts of their living room. "I'm a little bit timid on it, because I know I'm going to be real upset about it," said Renee Elosegui, "but I am curious to see what it's like."
A few hoped the movie would teach them something new.
"The name of Jesus, the Lord, unfortunately has been misinterpreted by many," said Dr. Enrique Ramirez. "Perhaps this movie could correct all those deficiencies."
Whether they bought it to learn more about faith, or just to experience the film again, every person said they couldn't wait to take the movie home.
The store manager of Lifeway Christian Store says film distributors predict 75 million people will buy "The Passion of the Christ."
The movie grossed more than $400 million in theaters.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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