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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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
Richard Molinare ...
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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Did You Know?


Tragedy almost struck for real while the Crucifixion was being filmed. The Roman soldier we see nailing Christ to the cross is an Israeli actor who spoke very limited English; consequently, he thought Ted Neeley was actually supposed to have nails hammered through his hands! Just in time, director Norman Jewison saw what was happening and screamed, "NO! NOT IN THE HAND!" See more »


At the end of King Herod's Song, the camera shakes when King Herod throws a bagel at Jesus. See more »


Woman: I think I've seen you somewhere... I remember! You were with that man they took away; I recognize your face.
Peter: You've got the wrong man, lady! I don't know him! And I wasn't where he was tonight, never near the place.
Man: That's strange, for I am sure I saw you with him. You were right by his side, and yet you denied.
Peter: I tell you I was never, ever with him!
Soldier: But I saw you too; it looked just like you!
Peter: I don't know him!
Mary Magdalene: Peter, don't you know what you just said? You've gone and called him dead.
Peter: I had to ...
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The Arrest
Performed by Ted Neeley, Paul Thomas (as Philip Toubus), The Apostles, Bob Bingham,
Kurt Yaghjian, 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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