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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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Director: Laurence Connor
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Bingham ...
Simon Zealotes (as Larry T. Marshall)
King Herod (as Joshua Mostel)
Kurt Yaghjian ...
Peter (as Philip Toubus)
Pi Douglass ...
Jonathan Wynne ...
Thommie Walsh ...
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 <rps8@psu.edu>

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15 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jesucristo Superstar  »

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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 had originally contacted Ian Gillan to play Jesus because Gillan sang the role on the original album version of the opera. Gillan refused because of his commitments to his band Deep Purple. See more »


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


Pontius Pilate: I dreamed I met a Galilean, a most amazing man. He had that look you very rarely find, the haunting, hunted kind. I asked him to say what had happened, how it all began. I asked again, he never said a word, as if he hadn't heard. And next, the room was full of wild and angry men, they seemed to hate this man. They fell on him and then disappeared again. Then I saw thousands of millions crying for this man, and then I heard them mentioning my name, and leaving me the blame.
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The Last Supper
Performed by Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, and The Apostles
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The Book of Judas
31 July 1998 | by See all my reviews

The only disciple without a book in the bible, Judas gets his say in this Norman Jewison adaptaption of the Andrew Lloyd Weber play. Superstar sets Christianity on edge by turning supposed villians into the heroes of Christ 's crucifixion. Judas is seen as the noblest and most knowledgeable of all Christ's disciples who is used by God to accomplish His master plan. The movie makes clear that the legacy of Jesus would not have been possible without the involvement of Judas. Pontius Pilate too is shown in a more positive light than modern Christianity would like. Pilatae is shown as a troubled man who has premonitions of the "Jewish King" and his own role in his death. In recounting his dream, Pilate says that he "saw thousands of millions, crying for this man" and then he "heard them mentioning my name, and leaving me the blame". As controversial as Superstar is and as wonderful > as the score is it can stand alone on just the merits of its movie making. > > The cinematography is tops and the visual effects are magnificent.

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