MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,269 this week

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

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 2,163 users  
Reviews: 88 user | 14 critic

An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 19 Mar 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 05 Sep 2012
 
a list of 44 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

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

Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mame (1974)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The musical revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Saks
Stars: Lucille Ball, Robert Preston, Bea Arthur
Rock of Ages (2012)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.

Director: Adam Shankman
Stars: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise
State Fair (1962)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: José Ferrer
Stars: Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Pamela Tiffin
Company (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Following five couples and their friend Robert (Neil Patrick Harris), the perpetual bachelor, Company explores the true meaning of being in a relationship through a series of vignettes. ... See full summary »

Director: Lonny Price
Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Martha Plimpton
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A humourously musical retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph.

Director: David Mallet
Stars: Donny Osmond, Maria Friedman, Richard Attenborough
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Experience the event of a lifetime with this stunning 25th anniversary celebration of the hit musical, featuring a phenomenal cast including pop star Nick Jonas and Tony winner Lea Salonga.

Director: Nick Morris
Stars: Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!

Directors: Michael John Warren, Jason Moore
Stars: Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, Christopher Sieber
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story of Moses from the bible in musical form, filmed live at the Hollywood Kodak Theater.

Director: Robert Iscove
Stars: Val Kilmer, Kevin Earley, Lauren Kennedy
Stepping Out (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Stepping Out is a 1991 musical-comedy film directed by Lewis Gilbert, starring Liza Minnelli, written by Richard Harris and based on a play also written by Harris. Minnelli plays the role ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Liza Minnelli, Shelley Winters, Robyn Stevan
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A disfigured musical genius, hidden away in the Paris Opera House, terrorizes the opera company for the unwitting benefit of a young protégée whom he trains and loves.

Directors: Nick Morris, Laurence Connor
Stars: Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman
Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
Cats (1998)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS, the most famous musical of all time, first exploded onto the West End stage in 1981. 'Memory', one of its many classic songs, became an instant worldwide hit. ... See full summary »

Director: David Mallet
Stars: James Barron, Jo Bingham, Jacob Brent
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Katie Hanley ...
Katie
David Haskell ...
John / Judas
Merrell Jackson ...
Merrell
Joanne Jonas ...
Joanne
Robin Lamont ...
Robin
Gilmer McCormick ...
Gilmer
Jeffrey Mylett ...
Jeffrey
...
Jerry
...
Lynne
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Godspell comes to the screen ! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

24 August 1973 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Godspell  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In a letter published in the Dec. 6, 1972 issue of Variety, director David Greene wrote that "[John-Michael] Tebelak and I are enjoying an ideally smooth working relationship... but he is not co-directing the film with me. He did not write the screenplay. He participated only minimally in pre-production planning and discussions, and attended very few rehearsals." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the dance number "All For The Best", Joanne moves her arm the wrong way and quickly corrects herself. See more »

Quotes

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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Nostalgia Critic: Double Dragon (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

By My Side
Music by Peggy Gordon
Lyrics by Jay Hamburger
Performed by Katie Hanley and Company
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Wonderful music!
3 June 2004 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The story of "Godspell" is not one of the Christ's Passion, it's not about the angst among his disciples or the sexual tension he had with Mary Magdalen. It's a positive story focusing on Jesus' teachings and parables, told in a lighthearted way, with some outstanding music and spectacular location photography (particularly in the song "It's All for the Best").

While the hippie-like costuming and the semi-clown makeup seem to outrage some folks, and are admittedly dated today, the movie should be looked at in the context in which it was created. Jesus, in the eyes of those in power during his life, was a radical extremist and a threat to the status quo. He taught lessons of love, empowerment, inclusion, justice--well, you get the idea. Hippie clowns were the logical vehicle to present those lessons at the time "Godspell" hit the big screen.

But when you get past the period set and costume design, and to the basic show, "Godspell" is a wonderful entertainment. First, and most often mentioned by everyone, is the amazing location photography. You have to see it to appreciate it. Next is the music. Although the most commercial song in the show is the repetitive "Day by Day," the one song that most people remember from "Godspell", there are many beautiful melodies. My favorite is "By My Side", the only one with the music NOT written by the composer, Stephen Schwartz. It has beautiful harmonies, and Katie Hanley does a great job on lead vocal. The rest of the songs are nearly as good, and all are quite singable.

About the cast: Victor Garber (Jesus) is the most recognizable today, although for years, until her untimely death, Lynne Thigpen would probably have been recognized by more people. Garber has had quite a successful theatrical career, and has appeared in supporting roles in many movies and TV shows. Ms. Thigpen, who was mostly known for her PBS shows, had an award-winning stage career, as well as being very successful on the small screen.

Sadly, David Haskell (John the Baptist/Judas) and Jeffrey Mylett are no longer with us. I won't list the entire cast, since you can find that easily enough (if you're reading this, you probably already have!), but I will say that they ALL sang very well and displayed personalities that made you want to get to know them. The passing of musicals as a staple of the movie studio probably prevented these talented singer/actors from reaching a broader audience. I hope that they've all found success on stage.

At the very least, I hope that they all know how their lively, engaging performances and beautiful singing have brightened our lives. It's been over thirty years since I first saw "Godspell" in the theater, and as I watched it yesterday on cable TV, I was reminded how much that movie meant to me.

And by the way, I'm not a Christian. But if I were, I'd like to be one as portrayed in "Godspell".


15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why does Jesus resemble that of a Clown in this Film? jakjus
A GREAT movie...from an atheistic point of view flour-girl
Favorite Godspeller DCBastian@AOL.com
Godspell movie curse? myssi_pooh
Last scene - location mje2k
Shown on cable, edited? rachel_runt

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?