Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar

Norman Jewison (1973)

102min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Musical following the last days in the life of Jesus Christ, seen from the perspective of the disciple Judas, who is gradually tempted into betraying his friend and sending him to his death. Based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage show and starring Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman and Barry Dennan.

Cast & Crew

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

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK) Available on: Available on video and DVD

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