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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.

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Based on a concept album project written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the subsequent long-running Broadway performance, this film tells the story of the final 6 days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. Too often mis-labeled a musical, this film is a "rock opera." There are no spoken lines, everything is sung. Written by Ralf Southard <rps8@psu.edu>

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15 August 1973 (USA)  »

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Jesucristo Superstar  »

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$13,200,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Norman Jewison had originally contacted Ian Gillan to play Jesus due to the fact that Gillan sang the role of Jesus on the original album version of the opera. However, Gillan refused because of his commitments to his band Deep Purple. See more »

Goofs

During "Judas' Death", Caiaphas sings to Judas "What you have done will be the saving of everyone", but his mouth is saying "the saving of Israel", the song's original lyric. See more »

Quotes

Judas: Did you mean to die like that, was that a mistake? Or did you know your messy death would be a record breaker?
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Connections

Spoofed in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

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Superstar
Performed by Carl Anderson, Angels, and Chorus
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what a group of voices!
17 August 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Lloyd-Webber and Rice musical comes to the screen, and is nothing like the stage show at all. The deserts are real, although the back story is that this is a theatre company, putting on a production in real locations.

The cast are largely session singers and unknowns - Ted Neeley, delicate and high-voiced as Jesus (particularly superb in `Gethsemane'); Carl Anderson, black and doe-eyed as Judas with hot soul vocals, Barry Dennen as Pilate, and Yvonne Elliman as Magdelene with her big number `I Don't Know How To Love Him'.

One loss for those who know the stage version is being removed from the crucifixion preamble, when the ghost of Judas sings `Superstar' - this was all video camera projection in the theatre, while in the movie we are detached observers. But at other times we get uncomfortably close. And the songs survive the transportation to a more realistic setting (except the added `Could We Start Again, Please?' which sounds rather too much like the Coca-Cola theme for comfort).

Best scenes? The one in the temple; Hosanna; and the Pharisees tapping on their scaffolding perches like crows.


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