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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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Melvyn Bragg (screenplay: based upon the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by), Norman Jewison (screenplay: based upon the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" by) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Neeley ... Jesus Christ
Carl Anderson ... Judas Iscariot
Yvonne Elliman ... Mary Magdalene
Barry Dennen ... Pontius Pilate
Bob Bingham Bob Bingham ... Caiaphas
Larry Marshall ... Simon Zealotes (as Larry T. Marshall)
Josh Mostel ... King Herod (as Joshua Mostel)
Kurt Yaghjian ... Annas
Paul Thomas ... Peter (as Philip Toubus)
Pi Douglass Pi Douglass ... Apostle
Robert LuPone ... Apostle James
Jonathan Wynne Jonathan Wynne ... Apostle
Thommie Walsh Thommie Walsh ... Apostle Thaddeus
Richard Molinare Richard Molinare ... Apostle Andrew
David Devir David Devir ... Apostle
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | History | Musical

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jesus Christ Superstar See more »

Filming Locations:

Avdat, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,659
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Tim Rice had been turning over the idea in his own head for awhile in the late 60s about the story of Christ from Judas' perspective. When he finally approached his writing partner, Andrew Lloyd Webber about it, Webber said it was the "stupidest idea he had ever heard in his life." But Rice persisted, and he and Lloyd Webber finally finished the piece in 1970. They started by doing a production in the UK; which was a gigantic bomb, and was quickly closed down. Then it was turned into a concept album, which was a smash. Then it was turned into a Broadway show, starring Broadway superstar Ben Vereen as Judas, a drag queen playing Herrod. Lloyd Webber despised the Broadway show, called it "vulgar", a misrepresentation of his work, and said opening night of the Broadway show was the "worst day of his life." But that too turned into a legendary smash, and eventually led to this Norman Jewison film, which was also a smash. Lloyd Webber hated the film version as well, but he did love the Jesus Christ Live reboot in 2018, which won an Emmy Award. He said this version finally captured the respectful and robust spirit that he wanted when he originally penned the show in the first place. See more »

Goofs

During the crucifixion, the sun casts shadows both behind and in front of the cross. See more »

Quotes

Judas: Did you mean to die like that, was that a mistake? Or did you know your messy death would be a record breaker?
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Connections

Spoofed in Hamlet 2 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Could We Start Again, Please?
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Yvonne Elliman, Paul Thomas (as Philip Toubus), The Apostles, and Crowd
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User Reviews

 
A Masterpiece of Joy
7 July 2004 | by caspian1978See all my reviews

Carl Anderson's hope of being immortal rested on the shoulders of his perfect performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. Even though the Academy Awards forgot to list him as one of the lost actors of 2003, Carl Anderson will forever be alive and remembered as long as this movie is around. More than 30 years have pasted and it is still breath taking in more ways than one. No matter what you believe, the images, music, and the passion of this movie are powerful. Anderson was content knowing that he lived long enough to see Jesus Christ Superstar become a masterpiece in the eyes of the world. What he didn't know was it was a masterpiece the day it premiered back in 1973.


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