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Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
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Katie Hanley ...
Katie
David Haskell ...
John / Judas
Merrell Jackson ...
Merrell
Joanne Jonas ...
Joanne
Robin Lamont ...
Robin
Gilmer McCormick ...
Gilmer
Jeffrey Mylett ...
Jeffrey
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Jerry
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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 spreads its joy to the screen See more »

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24 August 1973 (Denmark)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The fountain that everyone (except Jesus) jumps into during the song "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" is "The Angel of the Waters" (also known as the Bethesda Fountain) in New York City's Central Park. The name "Bethesda" is a reference to description in the Gospel of John of a pool that is supposed to have healing properties. See also the trivia section for Angels in America. See more »

Goofs

The concept that New York City is magically empty of people (other than Jesus and his disciples) is messed up only once - during the baptism scene on Bethesda Terrace, a man in the background of Central Park Lake can be seen frantically trying to row his boat out of the camera's view (he is visible in 3 separate shots). Additionally, the concept of the city being empty resembles turning our lives over to Christ. See more »

Quotes

Jesus: Now, do you know what the seed is?
Katie: A baby!
Jesus: [imitating her] Wrong!
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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 »

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Soundtracks

All Good Gifts
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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Music has held up!
8 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Just watched the DVD of this and enjoyed hearing how well the music has held up over the years! You can't watch the movie without humming along to the songs!

My high school did this for the school play and it sure brought back a lot of memories!

I was real sorry to hear that Lynne had passed away....her solo was one of the standouts in my opinion....her talent (as well as the talent of the others who have passed) will be missed.


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