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By Victor Garber (Actor), Lynne Thigpen (Actor), Katie Hanley (Actor), David Haskell (Actor), Merrell Jackson (Actor) & David Greene (Director)
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Item Specifications...

Record Label   Sony Pictures
Format   Closed-captioned / Color / DVD / Full S
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Mar 20, 2012
Publisher   PROVIDENT #130
ISBN  0012459275  
EAN  0043396224193  
UPC  043396224193  

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An exhilarating musical re-telling of the parables of Jesus. The Gospels according to '60s hippie counterculture in a film version of the stage musical. Jesus' life and teachings are illustrated in storytelling and songs ("Day by Day") and New York City locations. The film opens with youthful city dwellers from various walks of life dropping their activities to follow John the Baptist (David Haskell from the original New York production). They sing ("Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord") as he leads them into a fountain where they are (metaphorically) baptized. There they meet Jesus (Victor Garber). Frizzy hair and mime makeup aside, the handsome young Garber (Titanic, Annie) is convincing in his film debut. Once baptized, they follow him around various scenic New York locations, singing and acting out passages from the Scriptures.

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Down on yourself or the world? Watch this movie!  May 10, 2010
I saw this movie when it came out in 1973, and although I was very young, its joy and beautiful music has stayed with me for my whole life. If you haven't seen it-YOU MUST. Don't worry if you're not religious, this is a great and inspiring movie for any open minded person and might just change your mind.

The film was shot in New York City in 1972 and the twin towers of the World Trade Center(still under construction at the time) form the back drop and, at one point, the stage for this rapturous story. In one scene, the cast dances atop the dizzying heights of one of the towers, making those of us with vertigo cringe. The sight of the towers is also a little sobering, given the events in the decades since this film was shot.

Aside from the emotional lift I get from this film, it is full of rich symbolism. One example is the setting,for much of the action, of a stark, abandoned and ruined church, whose church yard has been converted into a junk yard. The cast paints a junk car, the church and each other with bright colors and symbols of hope and joy such as stars and rainbows. This reminded me of St. Francis of Assisi rebuilding the ruined church of his home town as he inspired the poor of his city from dispair to faith and hope. As the movie progresses, the group revisits the church. Each time the church is more beautifully painted, until, when the group gathers there for the last supper, it glows.

The cast is marvelous and incredibly convincing. They project joy and enthusiasm like no other cast I've ever seen.Victor Garber is absolutely the perfect Jesus. He is beautiful both spiritually and physically and his face glows with an amazing innocence. The clever use of his dark blond hair in an afro style causes a halo effect in many sunlit scenes, further enhancing his unrivaled performance. This effect, along with his beautiful skin, angelic looks, beautiful voice, sweet personality and very fine acting make him born to play the part of Jesus. Between musical interludes he relates some of the most important of the parables. Miracles are avoided in this version and prove unnecessary in telling Christ's wonderful story.

This is a version of the book of Matthew that I can identify with. The more I watch it the easier it is for me to follow the ideals of Christ. It reminds me to be the change I want to see in the world and to live each day, no matter how difficult, with joy. Just one problem-I can't find a church that lives up to the ideals I find here.

I feel that the scene of the crucifixion is a little weak compared with the rest of the movie, but the final scene, when the group carries the body of Christ back into their lives in a busy New York City, is a strong message of what is expected of the faithful.

It hasn't aged well.  May 2, 2010
Last Saturday, I watched Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell (which I had never seen before) back to back.

And unlike Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell hasn't aged well at well.

The music, costume and cinematography looks like it was set in amber, it shouts 1972.

I now know why Godspell is so often staged at schools and rep companies since unlike Jesus Christ Superstar it doesn't demands much of amateur thespians.

Jesus Christ Superstar's Judas requires some real vocal pyrotechnics, while Godspell's Judas could be played by any competent high school singer.

Godspell really looks and feels like a school project, which it was, while you can clearly tell that Jesus Christ Superstar was written for Broadway.

Godspell is essentially a bright and cheery play, it portrays a group of bright and cheery people spreading joy and love.

Very "Up With People!"

Jesus Christ Superstar, on the hand, is a dark tale, whose entire trajectory lead to betrayal by Judas and The Passion.

The reason I gave Godspell 2 star is at least almost all the dialogue is from Gospel according to St. Matthew.
A Joyous, Uplifting Film  Apr 26, 2010
(NOTE: This review may contain a spoiler, but I really don't think it matters in the case of this film.)

If religious musicals ain't your thing, then you can move on right now. Having said that...."Godspell" has been a favorite film of mine since childhood, when I would see it pop up on TV every great once in awhile and I'd be totally enraptured by it every single time. "Godspell" is the wonderful 1973 film adaptation of the popular musical based on the gospel according to St. Matthew. It doesn't really have a plot, per se, but the basics of it is that Jesus (Victor Garber, dressed here in a Superman T-shirt, clown pants & shoes, and sporting a big red afro), and his apostle John (David Haskell), recruit eight random followers from the streets of New York City, and together, dressed in playful, raggedly clothes, they sing, dance, and tell stories from the gospel, while incorporating humor, vaudeville-style performing, AND drama too, as the musical ends with Judas (also played by Haskell) betraying Jesus, and the crucifixion (although the uplifting reprise of "Day By Day" at the very end certainly implies that Jesus, through his sacrifice, has saved us). Director David Greene's outstanding use of New York City locations here is SO good, it's almost as if NYC becomes another character in the film. The pop-rock score by Stephen Schwartz is absolutely joyous and outstanding, with classic song after classic song like "Day By Day," "O Bless The Lord," "All Good Gifts," "All For The Best," "Beautiful City" (which was written specifically for the film), and many more. And David Greene's direction is so well done, the way the movie effortlessly flows together from one great scene to another.

And then there's the cast. You may not know their names, but oh, what a cast! The mostly-unknown ensemble cast that Greene put together for the film, many of whom came from the original stage production of "Godspell," are all so marvelously talented and engaging. How truly sad it is that, as of 2010, four of the ten cast members are no longer with us: David Haskell, Lynne Thigpen, Merrell Jackson and Jeffrey Mylett, all of whom passed away between 1986 and 2003. Rest in peace you four, God bless you, and thank you. Of the surviving cast members, only Victor Garber and Jerry Sroka are still performing. Robin Lamont ("Day By Day") is now a lawyer, Joanne Jonas ("Turn Back O Man") is a therapist, Katie Hanley ("By My Side") is a sculptor, and Gilmer McCormick runs a theater company. God bless you all too, and thank you for your magical, endearing work in this film.

"Godspell" didn't win any Oscars, and it wasn't even nominated for any, but it is such a special film in so many ways. The music, the performances from the cast, the New York City locales....just the sheer *joy* of it is right up there on the screen for all to see and appreciate. I promise you, "Godspell" will move you.
AWESOME  Apr 18, 2010
This timeless classic still amazes me. The urban setting and characters appeal to both young and old. Ingenious & accurate portrayal of His last days on earth. Beautiful!
Our Jesus Freaks?  Apr 6, 2010
Confined to the suspended world of the stage it might have been palatable, maybe even good, in it's era. But on screen it comes off more like a 90-minute promotional for cult indoctrination. Rent "Ticket to Heaven" and compare. Makes your skin crawl.....

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