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
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Ironically there was a string of hippie-themed/60s style Jesus movies that came out at the same time, in 1973, "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell," followed by the Jesus themed "Oh God" in 1977; which were all big hits. Also ironically this came out at the same time a string of Devil themed movies came out; "The Exorcist" came out in 1973, the same year as "Jesus Christ Superstar." Also "The Mephisto Waltz," "Rosemary's Baby," "The Omen," "The Chosen," and "The Devil Within" her all came out in the same general period of time. So after a period of agnosticism in the culture in the early to mid 60s; spirituality made a strong comeback in the late 60s/ early 70s. See more »
When Jesus is arrested in the garden and says, "Put away your sword," a distorted reflection of the camera man is on the side of the Roman soldier's silver helmet. See more »
My mind is clearer now - at last all too well, I can see where we all soon will be, If you strip away the myth from the man, You will see where we all soon will be...
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Very good, if not quite a superstar, movie musical
Although I have been aware of this musical, seemingly forever, I just very recently saw the whole movie on dvd. Unfortunately, while I was acquainted with many of the songs before, I had never really seen it in its entirety before, and I'm not sure why. Also, I've never seen it as a live stage show, be it on Broadway, in London or down the street at the local high school ...
So, then, I can only rate it as a singular movie experience, not comparing it with the Broadway or London stagings. Also, being Jewish and never really studying the life and crucifixion of Jesus, I don't have any strong or pre-conceived spiritual ties to the story.
For me, then, this is a cleverly written and very well-performed musical, that mixes irreverence, time juxtapositions and genuine emotions of sadness and wistfulness. I'm not sure that the movie enhances the great musical; in other words, now that I've seen the movie, I regularly listen to the cd of the musical, and enjoy both about equally. For me, Carl Anderson, as Judas, is the standout, but Ted Neeley does bring an angelic quality to the title character. all of the other supporting roles, including Yvonne Elliman, are done well.
I rate it 8/10 for its excellent music, good staging and for what seems like a faithful film-ization of the original..worth watching for sure!
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