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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

G  |   |  Drama, History, Musical  |  15 August 1973 (USA)
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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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Jesus Christ Superstar is a musical spectacular, containing the story of the last few days of Jesus. In this version of the film, the director has decided to put a twist and make everything modern and high-tec.



Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Anderson ...
Bob Bingham ...
Simon Zealotes (as Larry T. Marshall)
King Herod (as Joshua Mostel)
Kurt Yaghjian ...
Peter (as Philip Toubus)
Pi Douglass ...
Robert LuPone ...
Jonathan Wynne ...
Thommie Walsh ...
Apostle Thaddeus
David Devir ...


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 <>

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15 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jesucristo Superstar  »

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$13,200,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| (35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints)



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2.35 : 1
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Norman Jewison based the "Last Supper" tableau on the famous painting by 'Leonardo Da Vinci', which is located on a wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. In doing so, he managed to give the dancers playing the Apostles specific character names. The only flaw is, the singer who plays "Peter", Paul Thomas, is seated in the wrong place. He is on the end, in the position Da Vinci painted "Bartholomew". In the painting, "Peter" is believed to be the apostle whispering to "John", the apostle seated immediately to Jesus' right, our left. See more »


When Jesus is arrested in the garden and says, "Put away your sword," on the side of the Roman soldier's silver helmet you can see a distorted reflection of the camera man. See more »


King Herod: I only ask things I'd ask any superstar. What is it that you have got that puts you where you are?
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Spoofed in White Pop Jesus (1980) See more »


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A Masterpiece of Joy
7 July 2004 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Carl Anderson's hope of being immortal rested on the shoulders of his perfect performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Even though the Academy Awards forgot to list him as one of the lost actors of 2003, Carl Anderson will forever be alive and remembered as long as this movie is around. More than 30 years have pasted and it is still breath taking in more ways than one. No matter what you believe, the images, music, and the passion of this movie are powerful. Anderson was content knowing that he lived long enough to see Jesus Christ Superstar become a masterpiece in the eyes of the world. What he didn't know was it was a masterpiece the day it premiered back in 1973.

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