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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 is a miracle of a movie musical! See more »

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Release Date:

24 August 1973 (Denmark)  »

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Godspell  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"All For The Best" ends atop the World Trade Center, still under construction. 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 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Passion: Films, Faith & Fury (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

On The Willows
Written by Stephen Schwartz (based on Psalm 137)
Performed by Stephen Reinhardt, Rich LaBonte (as Richard LaBonte), and Victor Garber
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Infectious, colorful, entertaining and emotional.

Many people have difficulty accepting a film that dates itself by the first glance, (The hair, clothes, music, etc...), but once you accept it's generation, sit back and ENJOY! GODSPELL is a musical that works on delivering a powerful message while at the same time being entertaining and enjoyable without being "PREACHY." This movie is simple enough to attract children and still hold it's adults in this classy Sunday School lesson. This was the first movie I saw on a personal tv I got for Christmas as a child, and it made such an impact. As a teenager, I had the honor of being in the high school addaption of GODSPELL, and now, as an adult, I can sit back and enjoy it all over again with my 3 year old daughter, who LOVES this movie. The music is infectious, the costumes are colorful, and the parables are entertaining and faith-building. It's a shame that GODSPELL fell in the shadow of that OTHER hippy Jesus movie (not worth mentioning). This one is a STAND-OUT film, worthy of it's viewing, over, and over , and over again.


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