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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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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 final scene was filmed at the southeast corner of Park Avenue & 68th Street in Manhattan, across the street from Hunter College. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene when the troupe is carrying the deceased Jesus around the corner, and the streets of Manhattan are still supposed to be vacant, a person can be seen walking on a sidewalk in the background. See more »

Quotes

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]
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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

By My Side
Music by Peggy Gordon
Lyrics by Jay Hamburger
Performed by Katie Hanley 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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