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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)
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Peter (as Philip Toubus)
Pi Douglass ...
Robert LuPone ...
Jonathan Wynne ...
Thommie Walsh ...
Apostle Thaddeus
David Devir ...


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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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4-Track Magnetic Stereo was prominently advertised in the initial release. See more »


(at around 1h 35 mins) During the Jesus Christ Superstar number, after the first cutaway of Jesus carrying the cross, we cut back to a shot with two big light rigs in the background. If you look at the light on the right, just under the "star filter" effect, you can see a grip climbing up a ladder. He's visible just above Andersons hand. See more »


Pontius Pilate: Then you are a king.
Jesus: It's you that say I am. I look for truth, and find that I get damned.
Pontius Pilate: And what is 'truth'? Is truth unchanging law? We both have truths. Are mine the same as yours?
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Referenced in Alice Goodbody (1974) See more »


The Arrest
Performed by Ted Neeley, Paul Thomas (as Philip Toubus), The Apostles, Bob Bingham,
Kurt Yaghjian, and Crowd
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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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