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Director:
Writers:
David Greene (screenplay) and
John-Michael Tebelak (screenplay) ...
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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 »
User Reviews:
Of Two Godspell Farewells See more (89 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
Daniel Levans ... 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 (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
 
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
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
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: music and new lyrics 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

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Trivia:
"All For The Best" ends atop the World Trade Center, still under construction.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Merrell:There once was a king.
Everyone:Yeah yeah.
Merrell:Who decided to settle accounts with the men who served him.
Everyone:Yeah yeah yeah.
Merrell:Well at the outset there appeared before the master a man whose debt ran into the millions.
Everyone:What?
Merrell:I said the millions!
Everyone:Whoa!
Merrell:Since the man had no means of paying the money the master ordered him to be sold to meet the debt with his wife.
Everyone:Whoa!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References Gents Without Cents (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Learn Your Lessons WellSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Of Two Godspell Farewells, 16 April 2003
Author: pirate1_power from New York City

The hit Broadway musical Godspell was a contemporary adaptation of episodes from the Gospel According to St. Matthew. In 1972, its original Producers, Edgar Lansbury, Stuart Duncan and Joseph Beruh, decided to bring the Stephen Schwartz/Jon-Michael Tebelak musical to the screen themselves, with a view toward maintaining as densely as possible the artistic integrity of their original stage version.

That said, the film version merits special reference in light of the recent deaths of two of its principals: David Greene, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay, with Tebelak; and actress/singer Lynne Thigpen, who was a member of the 10-actor ensemble cast of the film.

Set in a New York City not yet recognizable to a generation destined to grow up in the shadow of 9/11, Godspell the movie is highlighted with spectacular moments that are best described as incredible. Its expanded opening number begins silently on the Brooklyn Bridge, as David Haskell, portraying both John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot, walks into the heart of Manhattan, hoping that his fellow New Yorkers will indeed "Prepare ye the way of the Lord." Jesus, portrayed by Victor Garber (who had a tremendous singing voice in those days), is depicted as a kind of manchild/Superman icon, determined to save the world through his ministry of three years. The ten actors then cavort across the screen over the next 95 or so minutes, telling parables in a raucously funny, delightfully rockin' manner.

In its final sequences, however, the film turns understandably dark, as Garber/Jesus confronts his ultimate destiny. Before long, the epic Finale, in which Garber, tied by his wrists to a chain-link fence, depicts the Crucifixion in horrifyingly simple terms; all the while, the other nine actors scream horribly as the rocking Schwartz score howls to its otherworldly symphonic conclusion.

With the coming of the dawn, the actors carry off their "dead" leader and vanish into the maelstrom of Manhattan, in a closing image that will shake you to its foundations, even as you groove to Paul Shaffer's awesome keyboard action during the expanded end-credit sequence.

The present generation knows Lynne Thigpen as a brilliant actress/singer and performer whose subsequent knack for portraying motherly or grandmotherly roles was no doubt spawned by her experience in the Godspell movie. To a whole universe of kids, however, she will always be known as simply "The Chief." If you were, as I was, a regular viewer of PBS Kids' Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, and its eventual spinoff, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, you need not be made familiar with the Chief. She was tough, motherly, no-nonsense --- but she knew how to teach fans a thing or two, whether it was the power of geography or the realm of history.

Director David Greene, who died at the age of 82, was the fellow responsible for bringing the spectacular images of the Godspell film to the screen. It remains perhaps his most famous such feature, the only one wherein one could suggest that he was properly in tune with the youth of the 70s. Perhaps, even now, it is this that causes most folks to compare this film against Norman Jewison's film version of Jesus Christ Superstar. Both films, frankly, are what they are. No more, no less.

Enjoy, then, Godspell the movie --- but remember that you are also witnessing the blossoming of two of the unique talents who brought it to life: David Greene, director; Lynne Thigpen, star. So long, you two. We'll miss ya.

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