Directors David Greene and John-Michael Tebelak collaborate with composer Stephen Schwartz to bring his wildly successful Broadway musical, Godspell, to the big screen. Told almost entirely in song, Godspell presents the gospel of St. Matthew updated to New York City of the late '60s/early '70s, featuring Jesus Christ as a wandering minstrel ...
Directors David Greene and John-Michael Tebelak collaborate with composer Stephen Schwartz to bring his wildly successful Broadway musical, Godspell, to the big screen. Told almost entirely in song, Godspell presents the gospel of St. Matthew updated to New York City of the late '60s/early '70s, featuring Jesus Christ as a wandering minstrel dressed like a circus clown. By blowing on an instrument that reaches only the ears of a select few around the bustling city, John the Baptist (David Haskell) summons nine simpatico hippies to a fountain in Central Park, where they revel in the waters of their baptism. When Christ (Victor Garber) joins the group, the free-flowing fraternal love solidifies into a desire to spread the word of God around the city. Outfitting themselves in a nearby junkyard that bursts with color, the lively group makes its way around a sparsely populated fairy-tale version of the city, re-enacting Biblical parables with great enthusiasm and flamboyance. Opting for a lighter yet more devout approach than its thematically similar Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspell features an equivalent number of hummable hit songs, notably "Prepare Ye (The Way of the Lord)," "By My Side," and "Day by Day." Derek Armstrong, Rovi
David Haskell, Merrell Jackson, Victor Garber, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen, Katie Hanley. Run time: 103 mins. Originally released: 1973. Language: English. Tape played well from start to finishwhen checked, original uncut sleeve shows little wear--not ex-rental nor ex-library.
This movie has a light, quirky kind of innocence to it, some great music and some important spititual messages. It doesn't appeal to everyone, but I never get tired of it.
Jo Anne M
Jun 2, 2012
This movie was recommended to me, because I enjoyed Jesus Christ Superstar, (from a friend). I put it in and started watching it. It is a bunch of hippies traipsing around New York City, acting out some of the parables. A couple actors played different roles (John the Baptist and Judas Iscariot were played by the same actor) without any costume change. This was a waste of money. The "crucifixion" was nothing like in the Bible at all. Do not buy this movie.