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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:
(36 articles)
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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
 
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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:
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:
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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Movie Connections:
References Gents Without Cents (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Save The PeopleSee more »

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A Whimsical Look At The Gospel Still Has A Message, 5 January 2010
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to England with a church group. I sang in the chorus as the group presented "Godspell" to audiences in the area around Birmingham. At the time I wasn't familiar with the stageplay. I found it a very powerful experience, and it clearly impacted the audiences who saw it as well. This was my first opportunity to see the movie version of the play. Frankly I prefer the stageplay (perhaps I'm biased, having been involved with a production) but still found the movie enjoyable.

Based on the Gospel of Matthew and set to some wonderful songs, the story is set in modern day (well, 1973) New York City, where a group of people find themselves called out of the rat race by John the Baptist, get baptized in a city fountain and are then joined by Jesus (played by a young Victor Garber, whom I did not recognize!) in a romp through the city. Absolute purists and those who think the Gospel can only be told in King James Version style will likely not like this, and may even be offended by it. Jesus, for example, has a clown-like appearance to him, as do most of his disciples. And yet, that probably is an appropriate balance to the overly serious Jesus that many seem to picture in their minds. I like to think Jesus was in fact full of joy, and brought laughter to all those around him. Clown-like though he may be, the movie does, of course, become darker as it progresses, culminating, of course, in Jesus' betrayal by Judas and then his crucifixion. I found it interesting that David Haskell played both John the Baptist and Judas, and wonder whether the writers were making their own theological point in casting the same actor: that as John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus to call his disciples, so too did Judas prepare the way for Jesus to impact the world? Maybe ...

Most of Jesus' ethical teachings (revolving around love for God and love and compassion for one another) are here. I find the most moving scene to be that in which Jesus, just before his betrayal, essentially says good-bye to his disciples. Although in 1973, this would have meant nothing except a portrayal of the New York City skyline, watched with post 9/11 eyes, the repeated shots of the World Trade Centre towers perhaps serve now as a stark reminder of how necessary Jesus' message is: that love for God means nothing unless it's accompanied by love (and not hatred) for others.

My biggest beef with this is the closing scene. Why go to the trouble of putting out this version of Matthew's Gospel, and leave out the most important part - not just of Matthew's but of all the Gospels - the resurrection of Jesus! Here, the disciples simply carry Jesus' body out at the end. Yes, there was a certain sense of joy as they did it, which may imply that their experience of Jesus continues to impact them, but still Jesus himself is dead. That definitely detracts from this. (Our group in England restaged the closing scene so that the resurrected Jesus celebrates with his disciples rather than simply being carried out.) That theological objection aside, overall, this is a fun presentation of the gospel message. 7/10

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