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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:
Godspell great music great message! 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
 
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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:
Victor Garber's first movie.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Judas:Then the man they called Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests and said, "What will you give me to betray him to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that moment he began to look out for an opportunity to betray him.See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Godspell great music great message!, 22 March 2005
Author: stuie107 from New Zealand

Godspell reminds us of a culture long gone, peace demonstrations, flower power, "big hair", bright colours, folk rock music, and loud expressive clothing. These are the props of choice the directors use to communicate the gospel message. The film itself is dated now but viewed in the context of early seventies culture it contains a powerful and relevant message that impacted on a searching audience.

Godspell was conceived by John Michael Tebelak, who upon reading the gospels discovered joy, - "Joy! I found a great joy, a simplicity" However a visit to a church to experience this joy was totally disappointing, he knew at once what he must do.

Tebelak brings his discovery alive by way of the gospel of Matthew; his set is central New York City, a place over flowing with people caught in the hustle and bustle of daily routine. Out of the crowds he separates his cast, setting them free from the mundane routines of daily inner city life. They come together at a fountain where they frolic in the water seemingly without any care for the routines they have left behind. John played by David Haskell baptises each one in turn, Jesus played by Victor Garber appears and he to is baptised, rising from the water complete with superman tee shirt symbolically marking him as "master". The cast then is set apart as the "masters" disciples as each receives the symbolic mark of Jesus with face paint. Together now, dressed in flamboyant opp shop clothing, vibrant colours, face paint and "big" hair they have developed a sense of community that stands out in this over sized set, they have become a band of disciples.

The band proceeds through the empty city stopping at significant landmarks to play out messages from the gospel. These messages are focused on the teachings of Christ mainly through the parables, interestingly the disciples participate in the teaching, this gives a sense of inclusiveness that draws the audience into the message. Most of the critical points of the gospel are covered, such as Gethsemane, the last supper, the betrayal, and the crucifixion which at first seems a little bizarre but it also gives one a sense of participation and connectiveness, however the resurrection is left out. Their teaching is supported by the use of song and music, mime and dance, coupled with comedy; this blend achieves the joyful portrayal of the gospel that Tebelak desired.

The portrayal of Jesus as a clown may have been offensive to some, however this reviewer found it to be refreshing, the clown communicates joy while communicating the seriousness of the gospel message. He reminds us that the gospel is a message of great joy and humility, love and peace, of triumph and victory. However in saying that there are some aspects that don't fit with our understanding, for instance the betrayal scene, Jesus kisses Judas. Then it does finish with a question hanging over it, that being, why no resurrection scene? Or maybe there was, perhaps the grand finale represents the risen Jesus, carried lifted high into the crowded streets, it gives a sense of inclusiveness, that somehow Jesus lives on in each one of us.

A fun movie that you just have to participate with, and at the same time a serious message is communicated.

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