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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

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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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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Spanish

Release Date:

31 May 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Cherry Lane Theatre, site of the Prodigal Son scene, was where the play "Godspell" opened off Broadway in 1971. 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: How do you remove a speck of sawdust from your brother's eye when all the while there's a big plank in your own?
Judas: I don't know. How do you remove a speck of sawdust from your brother's eye when all the while there's a big plank in your own?
Jesus: You hypocrite!
Judas: [confused cry of alarm] Wha-ha?
Jesus: First you take the plank out of your own eye so you can see clearly to remove the speck of sawdust from your brother's eye!
Judas: Wait a minute! That's no answer to the question!
Jesus: Did I promise you an answer to the ...
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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

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Soundtracks

Prepare Ye (The Way Of The Lord)
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Schwartz
Performed by David Haskell and Company
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Infectious, colorful, entertaining and emotional.
6 January 2000 | by scoobyg69See all my reviews

Many people have difficulty accepting a film that dates itself by the first glance, (The hair, clothes, music, etc...), but once you accept it's generation, sit back and ENJOY! GODSPELL is a musical that works on delivering a powerful message while at the same time being entertaining and enjoyable without being "PREACHY." This movie is simple enough to attract children and still hold it's adults in this classy Sunday School lesson. This was the first movie I saw on a personal tv I got for Christmas as a child, and it made such an impact. As a teenager, I had the honor of being in the high school addaption of GODSPELL, and now, as an adult, I can sit back and enjoy it all over again with my 3 year old daughter, who LOVES this movie. The music is infectious, the costumes are colorful, and the parables are entertaining and faith-building. It's a shame that GODSPELL fell in the shadow of that OTHER hippy Jesus movie (not worth mentioning). This one is a STAND-OUT film, worthy of it's viewing, over, and over , and over again.


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