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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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Cast

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Mary Magdalene
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Simon Zealotes (as Larry T. Marshall)
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King Herod (as Joshua Mostel)
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Peter (as Philip Toubus)
Pi Douglass ...
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Thommie Walsh ...
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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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(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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Trivia

In the otherwise funny commentary on DVD by Jewison and Neeley, both turned very sad when they remembered the recent death of their colleague and friend Carl Anderson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jesus: Then, I was inspired. Now, I'm sad and tired. After all, I've tried for three years, seems like thirty.
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Connections

Referenced in The God Who Wasn't There (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Gethsemane (I Only Want to Say)
Performed by Ted Neeley
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Superstar Rocks!
21 November 2004 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Speaking for the younger generation, I've never seen anything like it. This movie hit theaters 6 years before I was born and I only just saw it now in Nov. 2004. and I was so moved that I had to comment. Visually it was psychedelic, and the editing matches the music masterfully.

The music rocks! Carl Anderson is beyond amazing as Judas, and ALL of the performances are really magnetic. I love singing along with Annas, Jesus, and Kiafass. I mostly listen to KoRn and Rap, so I never expected to remember (rock opera) lyrics and run around performing them. The feeling I got when 1st "experiencing" the movie was trippy. Similar to a live concert. The movie is outstanding and in my opinion will last for generations and generations. It speaks to a part of my soul and spirit.It says "right on" "rock on"


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