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Godspell (1973)

Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (original title)
G | | Musical | 31 May 1973 (UK)
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An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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David Greene

Writers:

David Greene (screenplay), John-Michael Tebelak (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Garber ... Jesus
Katie Hanley Katie Hanley ... Katie
David Haskell David Haskell ... John / Judas
Merrell Jackson Merrell Jackson ... Merrell
Joanne Jonas Joanne Jonas ... Joanne
Robin Lamont Robin Lamont ... Robin
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Gilmer
Jeffrey Mylett Jeffrey Mylett ... Jeffrey
Jerry Sroka ... Jerry
Lynne Thigpen ... Lynne
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Storyline

A modern-day version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their workaday lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy, and mime. Jesus' ministry ends with a last supper, his Crucifixion in a junkyard, and, the following morning, his body being carried aloft by his apostles back into the world of the living on the streets of New York. Written by Steven Dhuey <sdhuey@mail.soemadison.wisc.edu>

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GODSPELL is a miracle of a movie musical! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Spanish

Release Date:

31 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Godspell See more »

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Godspell premiered off Broadway, moved to Broadway's Broadhurst Theater on June 22, 1976, and ran for 527 performances. Robin Lamont was the only player in the original off-Broadway cast, the movie version, and the Broadway cast. See more »

Goofs

Just before the start of "God save the people", Jesus is bare-chested. But when he starts singing, he has a Superman shirt on. See more »

Quotes

Jesus: Now, how can you take a speck of sawdust out of your brother's eye when all the time there's this great plank in your own?
Judas: I don't know. How can you take a speck of sawdust out of your brother's eye when all the time there's this great plank in your own?
Jesus: You hypocrite!
Judas: [confused cry of alarm] Wha-ha?
Jesus: First you take the plank out of your own eye so you can see clearly to take the speck of sawdust out of your brother's!
Judas: Wait a minute! That's no answer to the question!
Jesus: Did I promise you an answer ...
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include an infinity frames effect. A sixteen second film of a busy street is shown, and then the right and bottom of the frame is frozen in a sideways capital L. This then becomes the frame for the next iteration of the film, which in turn leaves its right and bottom edges as a frame for the next film. Over the frames and film are played thumbnails of the actors, then credit cards and finally a credit scroll. See more »


Soundtracks

All Good Gifts
(uncredited)
Music by Stephen Schwartz
Lyrics by Matthias Claudius (uncredited), translated by Jane M. Campbell (uncredited)
Performed by Merrell Jackson and Company
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27 November 1998 | by jmcgraw7See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film a very long time ago with my father when it was released in theaters. I just recently saw it again on TV and was just as dazzled as I was the first time (although I admit, to fully appreciate this movie, it is best seen on a large screen). The film is gorgeous to look at, and the whole feel is carnival-like. The songs are as fresh as they were in 1973, catchy and light-hearted, and yet touching. The young cast seems to be having a great time--and it's interesting that their characters (except for Jesus, played by Victor Garber) all use their real names.

Titanic fans will be interested in seeing the 23-year old Victor Garber (who played the ship's builder Thomas Andrews) as Jesus, and not only is he gorgeous to look at, he has a beautiful singing voice as well. It mystifies me why Garber never got more leading roles in movies. Far superior to the dreary opera that came out the same year, "Jesus Christ Superstar."


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