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The international hit musical sensation _Godspell - 35th Anniversary Edition_ comes to life in this exhilarating screen adaptation. An updated interpretation of the Gospel's lessons filled with unforgettable song and dance numbers, _Godspell - 35th Anniversary Edition_ is rousing entertainment in the tradition of the classic rock operas Hair, Tommy, and Jesus Christ Superstar. John the Baptist (David Haskell) gathers a diverse band of youthful disciples to follow and learn from the teachings of Jesus (*Victor Garber*, Titanic). They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the Parables through the streets and landmarks of a brilliantly photographed contemporary New York City. High-spirited music, including the smash hit song Day by Day from Oscar-winning lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Original Song Colors of the Wind and Original Score, Pocahontas, 1995) and show-stopping dance routines contribute to this superb family entertainment. Approximate total running time is 1 hour 41 minutes. Rated G.
Comparing Godspell to its near-contemporaries Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair is unavoidable, but Godspell has developed its own unique following. With their thrift-store-meets-circus-performer garb, the characters in David Greene's adaptation of the popular off-Broadway production may look more like the hippies in Hair than the biblical personages of Superstar. But Godspell isn't really about the "Age of Aquarius," nor does it adopt a dark or operatic tone towards its subject matter, the Gospel according to Matthew. The mood is, instead, upbeat and uplifting (at least until the crucifixion sequence).
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.
The largely unknown cast is talented and charismatic, but the film is only fitfully engaging on an emotional level because only Jesus, John, and Judas (Haskell again) emerge as distinct characters. Stephen Schwartz's pleasing pop-rock score, however, helps to smooth over the rough spots, and Robin Lamont's hit version of "Day by Day" remains a highlight. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Excellent! My brother was in the play in university. It is a family favourite!Published 12 months ago by Michele Syms
The movie is so creative in how the director used ( at the time), life around them to incorporate it into a more modern telling of Jesus, and his disciples journey through his... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mgb
I have looked for a decent copy of this musical/movie for awhile and was glad to find that this is a good copy of the show and fulfilled all of my expectationsPublished 14 months ago by dmg1350
My absolute favorite telling of the Bible. It is timely and fun. I know and sing along with all the songs.Published 15 months ago by Lorraine Burge
Great movie, Great deal. Came in four days... Exactly what I expected. A real classic. Need the DVD because my VCR finally died and I can't get a new one....Published 15 months ago by David E. Pritchard
Great film - still makes me laugh and sing along!! Will use some of it for school reflections and I'm sure the kids will get a kick out of some of the antics.Published on March 7 2012 by urspenguin
Touched my heart and soul. Kept me there through the whole movie. Highly recommended for all ages and secular aduiences. YOu don't have to be a church goer to enjoy this movie.Published on March 21 2009 by Smylie
A snippet of time. The film made in the 70' with a seventies version of 60's hippies. There are some great views of the twin towers. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2006 by bernie
THIS MUSICAL DOSN'T MAKE SENSE! IT'S STUIPED! WHY DID THEY PUT JESUS ON A BASEBALL GATE INSTEAD OF PUTTING HIM ON A CROSS?!?! Read morePublished on May 24 2004