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Godspell -- The long-running '70s stage musical - based on the "Godspell According to St. Matthew" - comes to DVD in this exhilarating big-screen adaption. Includes the hit song Day By Day.
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Director:
Writers:
David Greene (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1973 (UK) See more »
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Godspell comes to the screen ! See more »
Plot:
An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Rejoice in the beautiful city. See more (94 total) »

Cast

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Victor Garber ... Jesus
Katie Hanley ... Katie
David Haskell ... John / Judas
Merrell Jackson ... Merrell
Joanne Jonas ... Joanne
Robin Lamont ... Robin
Gilmer McCormick ... Gilmer
Jeffrey Mylett ... Jeffrey

Jerry Sroka ... Jerry

Lynne Thigpen ... Lynne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daniel Levins ... Ballet Rehearsal Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Madden ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Burt Richards ... Garment Salesman (uncredited)
John-Michael Tebelak ... Pharisee Monster (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Greene 
 
Writing credits
David Greene (screenplay) and
John-Michael Tebelak (screenplay)

John-Michael Tebelak (from the play conceived and written by)

John-Michael Tebelak  book from the musical play "Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew" (uncredited)

Produced by
Edgar Lansbury .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
John Van Eyssen .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Stephen Schwartz 
 
Cinematography by
Richard G. Heimann (director of photography) (as Richard Heimann)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Casting by
Sylvia Fay (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Kasazkow  (as Ben Kazazkow)
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
 
Costume Design by
Sherrie Sucher (costumes)
Susan Tsu (based on original designs by)
 
Makeup Department
Philip Goldblat .... makeup artist (as Phil Goldblatt)
Phyllis Sagnelli .... hair stylist (as Phyliss Sagnelli)
Margaret Sunshine .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Paul Ganapoler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Walsh .... assistant director
Jim Inch .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Adee .... property master
Stanley Cappiello .... master scenic artist
John Godfrey .... outside props (uncredited)
Frank Iannacone .... set props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... dubbing editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound
Emil Neroda .... sound mixer
Elliot Scheiner .... recording engineer
Dan Sable .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Howard Block .... camera operator
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator (as Richard Mingalone)
Martin Nallan .... key grip
Frank Schulz .... chief electrician
Don Biller .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Feller .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Horgan .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Moore .... still photographer (uncredited)
LeRoy Patton .... camera apprentice (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe supervisor
Reet Pell .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Trudy Ship .... assistant film editor
Hal Levinsohn .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jesse Cutler .... principal musician: guitar
Rich LaBonte .... principal musician: bass (as Richard Labonte)
Steve Manes .... principal musician: bass
Stephen Reinhardt .... associate musical supervisor
Stephen Reinhardt .... principal musician: keyboards
Stephen Schwartz .... from the play with music and lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz .... music and lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz .... musical scoring
Stephen Schwartz .... principal musician: keyboards
Paul Shaffer .... principal musician: keyboards
Ricky Shutter .... principal musician: drums and percussion
Don Thomas .... principal musician: guitar
Anahid Ajemian .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Wayne Andre .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Norman Carr .... musician: strings (uncredited)
George Devins .... musician: timpani (uncredited)
Mickey Gravine .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Bira Haas .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Corky Hale .... musician: harp "Beautiful City" (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... musician: synthesizer "Alas for You" (uncredited)
Charles Macey .... musician: banjo "All for the Best" (uncredited)
Hugh McCracken .... musician: lead guitar "Prepare Ye" (uncredited)
Allen Raph .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Elliot Rosoff .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Irving Spice .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Lou Stone .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Chayim Tamar .... musician: shofar "Prepare Ye" (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sammy Bayes .... choreographer
Joseph Beruh .... produced on the stage by
Stuart Duncan .... produced on the stage by
Arthur Eckstein .... title designer
Nina Faso .... assistant to the producer
Belle Halpern .... script supervisor
Joanne Jonas .... assistant choreographer
Peter Kean .... assistant to the producer
Edgar Lansbury .... produced on the stage by
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator (as Adeline Leonard)
John-Michael Tebelak .... creative consultant
Virginia Gray .... stock footage coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Haid .... director's assistant (uncredited)
Darrell Jonas .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Ron Kauffman .... director's assistant (uncredited)
Brett Lewis .... director's assistant (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Cherry Lane Theatre, site of the Prodigal Son scene, was where the play "Godspell" opened off Broadway in 1971.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the troupe is carrying the deceased Jesus around the corner, and the streets of Manhattan are supposed to be vacant, a person walks on a sidewalk in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Pharisee Monster:What is the greatest Commandment of them all?
Jesus:Thou shalt love the Lord, youe God, with all your heart and your soul." This is the greatest Commandment of them all. The second is like it: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." All the rest of the Law and what the prophets have written is based on these first two.
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Soundtrack:
All For The BestSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Rejoice in the beautiful city., 26 January 2004
Author: florafairy from Los Angeles

Although I have had the soundtrack to this movie since I was a little girl (and LOVED it), I only just rented it and I was pleasantly surprised at how relevant this supposedly "dated" film still seems. In using real NYC locations, this film wisely eschewed a hokey fantasy-carnival setting that the "vaudeville troupe" feel of the stage play might have suggested (and "The Fantasticks" later went with). I was particularly moved by the use of Bethsaida Fountain (recently used in "Angels in America"), and the visual reference to the Statue of Liberty during the line "you are the light of the world." As a "New York movie," this has got to rank right up there with "Annie Hall" or "Moonstruck." While I don't believe that the historical Jesus skipped and bounced when he was preaching, Victor Garber's Christ continues the tradition that Jesus was both human and divine, the incarnation of Love. It's a very thoughtful, nuanced performance. For me, as a twentysomething, it's very moving to see a representation of Jesus around my age (because, of course, in the Bible Jesus disappears between the ages of 12 and 30). And, for the record, the typing of Jesus as a clown dates to the Medieval mystery plays.

I was most struck by David Haskell's performance as John/Judas. This character both loves Jesus best and questions him the most, and in that, I think, represents the polarities of belief that everyone goes through, no matter their faith. Haskell is the strongest singer in the cast and has a sort of smoldering intensity that would not be expected of a young stage actor. The rest of the ensemble makes up in enthusiasm and vocal verve what they may lack in camera experience. They present the parables of Jesus in a way that is easy to understand but not blasphemous... Jesus says "Rejoice" but he makes no bones about the punishment for sin, either. In sum, "Godspell" is campy and dated, yes, but it's altogether a pleasant piece... in times like these, I daresay we need a smiling Jesus more than we need Mel Gibson's bloody, tortured Christ.

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