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Godspell (1973)

Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (original title)
G | | Musical | 31 May 1973 (UK)
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An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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David Greene

Writers:

David Greene (screenplay), John-Michael Tebelak (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Garber ... Jesus
Katie Hanley Katie Hanley ... Katie
David Haskell David Haskell ... John / Judas
Merrell Jackson Merrell Jackson ... Merrell
Joanne Jonas Joanne Jonas ... Joanne
Robin Lamont Robin Lamont ... Robin
Gilmer McCormick Gilmer McCormick ... Gilmer
Jeffrey Mylett Jeffrey Mylett ... Jeffrey
Jerry Sroka ... Jerry
Lynne Thigpen ... Lynne
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Storyline

A modern-day version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their workaday lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy, and mime. Jesus' ministry ends with a last supper, his Crucifixion in a junkyard, and, the following morning, his body being carried aloft by his apostles back into the world of the living on the streets of New York. Written by Steven Dhuey <sdhuey@mail.soemadison.wisc.edu>

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The Gospel according to today. See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Spanish

Release Date:

31 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Godspell See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene was filmed at the southeast corner of Park Avenue and 68th Street in Manhattan, across the street from Hunter College. See more »

Goofs

At the end of "All For The Best", Joanne moves her arm the wrong way and quickly corrects herself. See more »

Quotes

Jesus: When you do some act of charity, don't announce it with a flourish of trumpets as the heathen do in synagogues and in the streets. I tell you, they do it just to win admiration from men. No, when you do some act of charity, don't let your right hand know what your left hand is doing. Your good deed must be done in secret.
[everybody huddles together]
Merrell: [to the camera] It's a secret.
Judas: Now what the Good Master is telling us all right now is that up in Heaven, there's about a hundred million little ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include an infinity frames effect. A sixteen second film of a busy street is shown, and then the right and bottom of the frame is frozen in a sideways capital L. This then becomes the frame for the next iteration of the film, which in turn leaves its right and bottom edges as a frame for the next film. Over the frames and film are played thumbnails of the actors, then credit cards and finally a credit scroll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Double Dragon (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

By My Side
Music and Lyrics by Peggy Gordon Jay Hamburger
Performed by Katie Hanley and Company (uncredited)
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Music has held up!
8 January 2004 | by cb2781See all my reviews

Just watched the DVD of this and enjoyed hearing how well the music has held up over the years! You can't watch the movie without humming along to the songs!

My high school did this for the school play and it sure brought back a lot of memories!

I was real sorry to hear that Lynne had passed away....her solo was one of the standouts in my opinion....her talent (as well as the talent of the others who have passed) will be missed.


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