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Great Songs but Cast has an Attack of the Cutes!
I do love the music to 'Godspell' but this film is so poorly directed and the cast so utterly over-the-top that it's tough to sit through. The incessant mugging and theatrical 'cuteness' of these actors is insufferable and would be unbearable to anyone not feeling the tug of nostalgia. There are those terrific Stephen Schwartz songs, though, many of which are terrifically sung by the cast, so if you can tolerate the stagy contrivances you might want to give this relic a try.
You Don't Have To Be Religious...
- Bode Gibbs
When I first saw this film in 1974, I was familiar with the stage play, having seen excerpts on the Today Show. A young, talented cast of performers acting out the gospel of St. Matthew in modern terms. The film took this basic premise and filled in the missing elements, adding color, meaning and depth. Godspell is a joy to watch. Victor Garber, as Jesus brings a new dimension of charm to an otherwise worn out character. David Haskell, playing dual roles as John the Baptist and Judas is emotive and charming. The rest of the cast are brimming with talent and uncontainable joy as they bounce and mug their way through this wonderful movie. Come for the humor and music and stay for the poignant moments and sincerity. Jeffrey Mylett was my favorite as the Raggedy Andy moppet with the most childlike charm. Set your DVR for this one folks. It's a keeper!
- Gerard Lonigan
I am neither a religious or a sentimental middle-aged man but I recently re-watched the Godspell movie after many, many years and I was struck by its' impact upon me. I have seen a few stage production of the play and I saw the movie when it came out in 1973. For whatever reason, the song DAY BY DAY made me burst into tears because it is a pure expression of Christian love and hope mixed in with a large portion of hippie playfulness and innocence. Everything seemed possible back in those days. It also reminded me of the crush I had on Robin Lamont and Glimmer MacCormick all of those years ago. The film sharply reminded me of people, places and feelings from all of those years ago.I also felt that danger was lurking around the corner from the very first. Of course we all know Judas ultimely betrays Jesus and that Jesus is crucified. But I also felt that modern New York City was no place for such loving creatures. How would Jesus dealt with homelessness, street gangs, Wall Street greed, brutal beat copsm, pickpockets and such? How long could these flower children-street entertainers be able to sing their songs, dance their steps and have so much fun before lust, drugs and selfishness crowded into their world.
No skip here
Pat... I also just finished watching it and had no problem with the picture. You may have cable, but your local cable company uses a satellite dish to get this channel and deliver it to your home. Sometimes bad weather (snow, rain, etc.) can interfere with a satellite dish signal. Perhaps that was the problem.As for the movie itself, a very fine presentation of the Gospel and the teachings of Jesus. Great music and wonderful performers. A wonderful way to get the Message across!
- pat weaver
I was looking forward to seeing this great musical. Unfortunatly it skipped through most of the movie. I thought someone monitered these movies?
- James Patton
This movie is a time capsule of the early 70's & The musical as well as this only lovie version is excellent. The opening scenes on the Brooklyn Bridge that feature The World Trade Center(new in 1973) remind us of what was. i love all the scenery of Nyc & how people dressed back then, it really is a movie that makes me feel good,& Yes the soundtrack is excellent!!!
Great songs, fair movie
The best thing about this movie is the soundtrack, no question....the script gives you insight into an historically significant but regrettable period of history.
Great Intro To Musicals
Godspell is one of the top (if not THE top) musical that gets people into theatre. It's catchy music and playful script are very attractive. Granted the musical is better when seen live, but the film is still very good. It's amazing to see NYC "empty" and play host to Jesus and his teachings. I strongly suggest that anyone who is involved with theatre or is looking for a good film in general watches Godspell.
I totally agree with Debbie's comments. This is a terrific film, and is really a film that could only have been made during that time period. It is a lot of fun, yet has a deep meaning.
Worth it for the music alone!
This musical has a great score! With songs like By My Side, Day By Day and All Good Gifts, you can't help being mesmerized by the singing and harmonies, not to mention the crazy outfits and city setting. After watching this, you'll want to run out and by the soundtrack!