Jesus Christ Superstar

  • PG
  • Norman Jewison (1973)
  • US
  • 102 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's ground-breaking rock opera chronicling the last seven days of Jesus Christ works better on stage than screen, judging from director Norman Jewison's worthy adaptation. The score is brilliant, and Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson and Yvonne Elliman give great performances. However, they're undermined by Jewison's attempts to give the Passion Play a mod credibility: a busload of students arriving in the desert to put on a show, for example, or Judas ducking jet fighters halfway through a song. The result is a disappointment that would look less infantile and shallow without such a wrong-headed, anachronistic approach.

Plot Summary

Rock-opera style film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's stage musical, starring Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. The tumultuous final week of Jesus Christ's life is recounted from the point of view of Judas, who seems determined to have the chosen one put on trial as a false prophet.

Cast and crew


Jesus Christ
Ted Neeley
Judas Iscariot
Carl Anderson
Mary Magdalene
Yvonne Elliman
Pontius Pilate
Barry Dennen
Bob Bingham
Simon Zealotes
Larry T Marshall
King Herod
Josh Mostel


Norman Jewison

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
C.I.C. (UK)
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG