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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Two major songs from the original stage musical are instrumentals. "We Beseech Thee" is in the Cherry Lane Theatre scene; "Learn Your Lessons Well" is in the "car calliope" scene. "Beautiful City", a new song written for the movie, has become a part of subsequent stage versions. See more »

Goofs

When the troupe is carrying the deceased Jesus around the corner, and the streets of Manhattan are supposed to be vacant, a person walks on a sidewalk in the background. See more »

Quotes

Pharisee Monster: What is the greatest Commandment of them all?
Jesus: Thou shalt love the Lord, youe God, with all your heart and your soul." This is the greatest Commandment of them all. The second is like it: "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." All the rest of the Law and what the prophets have written is based on these first two.
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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 Meet the Parents (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Alas For You
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Schwartz
Performed by Victor Garber
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27 November 1998 | by jmcgraw7See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film a very long time ago with my father when it was released in theaters. I just recently saw it again on TV and was just as dazzled as I was the first time (although I admit, to fully appreciate this movie, it is best seen on a large screen). The film is gorgeous to look at, and the whole feel is carnival-like. The songs are as fresh as they were in 1973, catchy and light-hearted, and yet touching. The young cast seems to be having a great time--and it's interesting that their characters (except for Jesus, played by Victor Garber) all use their real names.

Titanic fans will be interested in seeing the 23-year old Victor Garber (who played the ship's builder Thomas Andrews) as Jesus, and not only is he gorgeous to look at, he has a beautiful singing voice as well. It mystifies me why Garber never got more leading roles in movies. Far superior to the dreary opera that came out the same year, "Jesus Christ Superstar."


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