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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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Release Date:
24 August 1973 (Denmark) See more »
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An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 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 (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)
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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Also Known As:
"Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew" - USA (original title)
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103 min
Color (TVC)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | Sweden:Btl | USA:G

Did You Know?

During "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord" everyone except Jesus jumps into "The Angel of the Waters" fountain, also known as the Bethesda Fountain, in New York City's Central Park. "Bethesda" is a reference to a pool described in the Gospel of John that is supposed to have healing properties.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the baptism scene on Bethesda Terrace, a man on Central Park Lake is visible in 3 separate shots, frantically trying to row his boat out of the scene.See more »
Judas:You come to me?
Jesus:I want to get washed up.
Judas:I would rather be baptized by you.
Jesus:No, we do well now to comform with all that God requires.
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32 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
unbelievable, 12 July 2006
Author: yathz89 from Sri Lanka

even though it was really hard to get on DVD we finally did and i was just blown away it is so good!!!!!by my side is the best and prettiest song i love it...the movie rocks and i want all strict religious people to watch this and see the real meaning of religion!!!!they portrait religion as such a violet thing to us with all the damnation and hells and literally scare us with that which does not accomplish anything...yet there is a musical like god spell which is so light and loving that shows us the great side of Jesus and how he himself was human and we could be like that instead of some Saviour no one ever can be like...i think schools should show this movie to all kids...i love this movie and i hope everyone reading this will watch it..its so worth it..and the actors and actresses are really talented...

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