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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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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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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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Since portraying Jesus in this film, Ted Neeley went on to practically make a career of playing Jesus in stage productions of "Superstar"; as of early 2010, he has been doing so for nearly 40 years. See more »

Goofs

During "King Herod's Song", when there is a close up of the pianist, you can see that a female is sitting on the piano. Later on, the female gets up to dance, but when there is another close up of the pianist after the dancer leaves, you can still see someone sitting on the piano. See more »

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Jesus: God, thy will is hard. But you hold every card. I will drink your cup of poison, nail me to your cross and break me, bleed me, beat me, kill me! Take me now, before I change my mind!
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Spoofed in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »

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Could We Start Again, Please?
Performed by Yvonne Elliman, Paul Thomas (as Philip Toubus), The Apostles, and Crowd
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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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