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Director:
Writers:
David Greene (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
24 August 1973 (Denmark) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
NewsDesk:
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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
Daniel Levans ... Ballet Rehearsal Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Madden ... Homeless Man (uncredited)
Burt Richards ... Garment Salesman (uncredited)
John-Michael Tebelak ... Pharisee Monster (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Greene 
 
Writing credits
David Greene (screenplay) and
John-Michael Tebelak (screenplay)

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

Produced by
Edgar Lansbury .... producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Schwartz 
 
Cinematography by
Richard G. Heimann (director of photography) (as Richard Heimann)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Heim 
 
Production Design by
Brian Eatwell 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Kasazkow  (as Ben Kazazkow)
 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
 
Costume Design by
Sherrie Sucher 
Susan Tsu (original designs)
 
Makeup Department
Philip Goldblat .... makeup artist (as Phil Goldblatt)
Phyllis Sagnelli .... hair stylist (as Phyliss Sagnelli)
 
Production Management
Paul Ganapoler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Walsh .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Richard Adee .... property master
Stanley Cappiello .... master scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... dubbing editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound
Emil Neroda .... sound mixer
Elliot Scheiner .... sound 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
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe supervisor
Reet Pell .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Trudy Ship .... assistant editor
Hal Levinsohn .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jesse Cutler .... musician: guitar
Jay Hamburger .... composer: song "By My Side"
Rich LaBonte .... musician: bass (as Richard Labonte)
Steve Manes .... musician: bass
Stephen Reinhardt .... associate musical supervisor
Stephen Reinhardt .... musician: keyboards
Stephen Schwartz .... musician: keyboards
Stephen Schwartz .... songs: Lyrics by
Stephen Schwartz .... songs: Music by
Paul Shaffer .... musician: keyboards
Ricky Shutter .... musician: drums and percussion
Don Thomas .... musician: guitar
Anahid Ajemian .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Wayne Andre .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Norman Carr .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Mickey Gravine .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Bira Haas .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Michael Kamen .... musician: synthesizer "Alas for You" (uncredited)
Allen Raph .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Elliot Rosoff .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Irving Spice .... musician: strings (uncredited)
Lou Stone .... musician: strings (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sammy Bayes .... choreographer
Arthur Eckstein .... title designer
Nina Faso .... assistant to producer
Belle Halpern .... script supervisor
Joanne Jonas .... assistant choreographer
Peter Kean .... assistant to producer
Adeline Leonard Seakwood .... production office coordinator (as Adeline Leonard)
John-Michael Tebelak .... creative consultant
George Devins .... timpani (uncredited)
Corky Hale .... harp: "Beautiful City" (uncredited)
Darrell Jonas .... production office coordinator (uncredited)
Charles Macey .... banjo: "All for the Best" (uncredited)
Hugh McCracken .... lead guitar: "Prepare Ye" (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chayim Tamar .... shofar: "Prepare Ye" (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Joseph Beruh .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage by
Stuart Duncan .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage by
Edgar Lansbury .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage by
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Godspell" - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:Btl | USA:G

Did You Know?

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:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Soundtrack:
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful music!, 3 June 2004
Author: iagodiego (iagodiego@hotmail.com) from Sacramento, CA

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".

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