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Judas Iscariot (Character)
from Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Judas: Hey woman, your fine ointment, brand-new and expensive, should have been saved for the poor. Why has it been wasted? We could've raised maybe 300 silver pieces or more. People who are hungry, people who are starving, they matter more than your feet and hair.

Judas: All your followers are blind, too much heaven on their minds.

Judas: I have no thought at all about my own reward, I really didn't come here on my own accord. Just don't say I'm damned for all time.

Judas: Every time I look at you I don't understand why you let the things you did get so out of hand? You'd've managed better if you'd had a plan. Why'd you choose such a backwards time in such a strange land? If you'd come today you would've reached a whole nation. Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication.

Judas: I remember when this whole thing began; no talk of God then, we called you a man! And, believe me, my admiration for you hasn't died. But every word you say today gets twisted round some other way; and they'll hurt you if they think you've lied!

Judas: On Thursday night, you'll find him where you want him, far from the crowd in the garden of Gethsemane...
Choir: Well done, Judas... Good old Judas...

Judas: You sad pathetic man! See where you've brought us to? Our ideals die around us, and all because of you!

Judas: You beat him so hard that he was bent and lame; and I know who everybody's gonna blame! I don't believe he knows I acted for our good! I'd save him all this suffering if I could! Don't believe... our good... and I'd save him if I could!
Annas: Cut the confessions! Cut out the dramatics! I don't understand why you're filled with remorse! All that you've said has come true with avengeance! The mob turned against him, you backed the right horse!
Caiaphas: What you have done will mean the saving of Israel, you'll be remembered forever for this! Not only that, you've been paid for your efforts. Pretty good wages for one little kiss!

Judas: My mind... is in darkness! My God... God, I'm sick! I've been used! And you knew! You knew all the time! God, I will never know why you chose me for your crime! Your foul, bloody crime! My God, you have murdered me! Murdered me! Murdered me! Murdered me! Murdered me! Murdered...
[hangs himself]
Choir: So long Judas... poor old Judas.

Judas: Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ; Who are you? What have you sacrificed? Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ; Who are you? What have you sacrificed? Jesus Christ; Superstar; do you think you're what they say you are?

Judas: Tell me what you think about your friends at the top! Who, do you think, besides yourself was pick of the crop? Buddha, was he where it's at? Is he where you are? Could Mohammed move a mountain, or was that just PR?

Judas: I don't know how to love him... I don't see why he moves me... he's a man! He's just a man! He's not a king; he's just the same as anyone I know! He scares me, so! When he's cold and dead... will he let me be? Does he love me too? Does he care for me?

Judas: Did you mean to die like that, was that a mistake? Or did you know your messy death would be a record breaker?

Judas: [to Jesus] To think I admired you! Well, now I despise you!


The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Judas: I struggle, you collaborate.

Judas: What's good for man isn't good for God!

Jesus: Judas, my brother, I have something to tell you. I have a terrible secret from God. You know why I came to Jerusalem?
Judas: Yes. This is where the revolution is going to begin.
Jesus: Last night, Isaiah came to me. He had a prophecy, I saw it written. It said, "He has borne our faults; he was wounded for our transgressions, yet he opened now his mouth. Despised and rejected by all, he went forward without resisting, like a lamb led to the slaughter."
Judas: I don't understand.
Jesus: Judas, I am the lamb. I'm the one who's going to do.
Judas: Die? You mean you're not the Messiah?
Jesus: I Am.
Judas: That can't be. If you're the Messiah, why do you have to die?
Jesus: Listen, at first, I didn't understand myself...
Judas: No, *you* listen. Every day, you have a different plan. First it's love, then the ax, and now you have to die. What good could that do?
Jesus: God only talks to me a little at a time and tells me as much as I need to know.
Judas: We need you alive!
Jesus: Now I finally understand! All my life-all my life, I've been followed by voices, by footsteps, by shadows. And do you know what that shadow is? The cross. I have to die on the cross, and I have to die willingly. We have to go back to the temple.
Judas: And after you die on the cross, what happens then?
Jesus: I come back to judge the living and the dead.

Jesus: I wish there was another way, but there isn't. I have to die on the cross.
Judas: I won't let you die.
Jesus: You don't have a choice. Neither do I. Remember, we're bringing God and man together. They'll never be together unless I die. I'm the sacrifice... Forget everything else, understand that.

Judas: How will you ever pay for your sins?
Jesus: With my life, Judas. With my life. I don't have anything else.

Judas: Rabbi, you broke my heart.

Saul: You had orders to kill him and you haven't done it. Now he acts like a prophet, and you follow him!
Judas: Did you hear what he said back there?
Saul: Yes I heard him. We took an oath against Rome. I don't see a thing against Rome around here, all I see are Jews against Jews.
Judas: Then you're not listening.

Peter, Apostle: Don't you have any respect?
Judas: For him?
Jesus: [feebly] You don't understand...
Judas: Understand?... You broke my heart. Sometimes I curse the day I ever met you! We held the world in our hands. Remember what you told me? You took me in your arms, do you remember? And you begged me, "Betray me, betray me, I have to be crucified..."

Judas: What are you doing here? What business do you have here? With women, with children. What's good for men isn't good for God!


Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)
Judas: Now what the Good Master is telling us all right now is that up in Heaven, there are about a hundred million little tiny angels about 'yea' by 'yea', and they all take shorthand. And every time you do something silly, they write it in a...
Jesus: No, no.
Judas: That's not what the Good Master is telling us?

Judas: Then the man they called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me to betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that moment he began to look out for an opportunity to betray him.

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

Lynne: Master...
[Lynne climbs down from a stage and rushes to Jesus. Gilmer, Robin, Joanne, Jeffrey, Merrell, Jerry and Katie follow]
Lynne: Master! Blessed are the poor in Spirit...
Jesus: For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Gilmer: Blessed are they who mourn...
Jesus: For they shall be comforted.
Robin: Blessed are the meek...
Jesus: For they shall inherit the Earth.
Joanne: Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice...
Jesus: For the shall be filled.
Jeffrey: Blessed are the merciful...
Jesus: For they shall have mercy.
Merrell: Blessed are the pure in heart...
Jesus: For they shall see God.
Jerry: Blessed are the peace-makers...
Jesus: For they shall be called the children of God.
Katie: Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake...
Jesus: For theirs is the Kingdom of *heaven*!
[the others applaud]
Judas: [shouting from the distant stage] Blessed are ye... When men shall persecute you and revile you... and say all manner of evil against you...
[pauses then calms down]
Judas: falsely.

Jesus: Hey!
Judas: You come to me?
Jesus: I want to get washed up.
Judas: I would rather be baptized by you.
Jesus: No, we do well now to comform with all that God requires.

Jesus: Now you have heard that they were told "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth", but what I tell you is this. Never set yourself against the man who wrongs you. So if someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn and offer him your left.
Judas: Oh Jesus Chr...
[Gilmer jumps on him and covers his mouth]
Everyone: Slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch.
[Jesus slaps Judas]
Judas: [moves to hit Jesus and stops] Hello? It's for you,
[laughs but Jesus doesn't]
Judas: No, I didn't think so.
[turns his cheek]

Judas: One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried and sent to Hades.
Robin: [nervously] Hello.
Demons: Hello.
Judas: Where he was in torment.


"Great Performances: Jesus Christ Superstar (#29.11)" (2000)
Judas: Nazareth, your famous son should have stayed a great unknown. Like his father carving wood, he'd have made good. Tables, chairs and oaken chests would have suited Jesus best. He'd have cause nobody harm.

Judas: I haven't thought at all about my own reward; I didn't really come here of my own accord. Just don't say I'm damned for all time!
Annas: Cut the protesting, forget the excuses. We want information, get up off the floor!
Caiaphas: We have the papers we need to arrest him. You know his movements, we know the law.
Annas: Your help in this matter will not go unrewarded.
Caiaphas: We'll pay you in silver, cash on the nail. We just need to know where the soldiers can find him...
Annas: With no crowd around him.
Caiaphas: Then we can't fail.
Judas: I don't need your blood money!
Caiaphas: Oh, that doesn't matter, our expenses our good.
Judas: I don't want your blood money!
Annas: But you might as well take it. We think that you should.
Caiaphas: Think of the things you could do with that money. Choose any charity - give to the poor. We've noted your motives, we've noted your feelings. This isn't blood money, it's a fee, nothing... fee, nothing... fee, nothing more.

Judas: Yes, I can understand that she amuses. But to let her stroke you and kiss your hair, is hardly in your line.

Judas: All your followers are blind... too much heaven on their minds!

Judas: You have set them all on fire. Heh! They think they've found their new messiah! And they'll hurt you when they find they're wrong!


The Miracle Maker (2000)
Barabbas: What can one man do against the might of Caesar?
Judas Iscariot: What do they fear, hmm? What do Kings and Emperors fear? They fear the people. When they rise like one man, when they follow one man!

Jesus: Judas... go and do what you have to do.
Judas Iscariot: Master?
Jesus: Do it now. Do it quickly.

Judas Iscariot: Listen! I've made a mistake!
Ben Azra: What's that to me?
Judas Iscariot: No... I've betrayed an innocent man! I've betrayed a good man!


The Last Supper (1995/I)
Luke: People disappear all of the time.
Jude: Especially in Iowa. We probably saved him from an alien abduction.

Jude: The conservatives are effective. They do things. All we do is buy animal-friendly mascara.


The Robe (1953)
Judas: Why must men doubt? Tell them they must keep faith! They must keep faith!
[walking away]
Demetrius: Wait, tell who? Who are you?
Judas: My name is Judas.


The Jersey Devil (2014/I)
Lucifer: I am so sure of this plan, that I don't need a Plan B.
Judas Iscariot: How about a Plan C or D?


The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Judas: I have sinned, betrayed innocent blood. Take the money back! I don't want it!
Caiphas: If you believe you have betrayed innocent blood, that is your affair. Now, take the money... and go.


Jesus (1999) (TV)
Jesus: Is your Israel free now that these men are dead?
Judas: No!
Jesus: Then follow me. I will show you how to be free. I am the Way.