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White Pop Jesus (1980)

Disco Jesus comes back to Earth and takes on the Mafia.

Director:

Luigi Petrini

Writer:

Luigi Petrini
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Awana Gana Awana Gana ... Jesus
Stella Carnacina Stella Carnacina ... Lattuga Pop
Gisela Hahn ... Stella Young
Tony Schneider Tony Schneider ... Gabriele
Gianni Magni Gianni Magni ... Commissario Vito
Crippy Yocard Crippy Yocard ... Playboy Smith (as Crippy Jocard)
Gioia Locatelli Gioia Locatelli
Sandra Martinis Sandra Martinis
Franco D'Onofrio Franco D'Onofrio
Luca Sportelli Luca Sportelli
Enzo Valli Enzo Valli
Sandro Ghiani Sandro Ghiani ... Meucci
Marcello Stramacci Marcello Stramacci
Franco De Leone Franco De Leone
Franco Ferreri Franco Ferreri
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Disco Jesus comes back to Earth and takes on the Mafia.

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Comedy | Musical

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Spoofs Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) See more »

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White Pap Jeebus!
27 September 2018 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

I think I broke my brain. Jesus returns to Earth and encounters all the modern day problems in a very Italian attempt at a parody of Jesus Christ Superstar. Only you've got the Mafia instead of the Roman Empire.

I have to admit however that I watched the film in Italian without the aid of subtitles, so with my limited command of Italian I think I got the gist of things, up to a point. I also think I managed to avoid hearing a lot of bad jokes because the comedy in this film is terrible.

The plot as such seems to feature Jesus leaving an insane asylum which appears to be in heaven because the next thing we see is Jesus coming out of the sea and immediately appearing in the office of Lattuga, right in the middle of being robbed by the Mafia. One lecture about how these bad deeds will come back to haunt them when they are old and end up in hell (my interpretation), Lattuga sings a song about how working and material goods are crap, then falls head over heels in love with Jesus while he's off being taunted by a guy whom I think was supposed to be the devil.

Jesus tells Lattuga that he can have no physical relationship but then (I think) his dad, God, tells him to go for it! Good old God. Jesus hooks up with Lattuga and eventually starts gathering more followers, in between times encountering a fake priest, and the modern problem of drug abuse (where Satan tempts him with a spiky haired ballerina who keeps turning into a giant syringe! There's also two sub plots involving the Mafia not liking Jesus changing people's ways (they get to sing their own song about being in the Mafia) and Lattuga's father, who is a cop after Mafia who keeps being injured and has lots of dumb sidekicks. There's a lot of slapstick in this film by the way, and it is painful to watch.

I have no idea why there were two nuns with machine guns whom Jesus then converted into two singing sidekicks, nor am i particular sure what happened to Jesus at the end when he got arrested, but in saying that some of the songs were quite good! Not the one Lattuga and Jesus sing in the car, though. Or the Mafia one. The theme tune was good.

For the first time ever when watching these films, I had the distinct, lonely thought that there was no doubt whatsoever that I was the only person in the world, and by extension the universe, who was watching White Pop Jesus last night. That's creepy.

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1980 (Italy) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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