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Synopsis

This dazzling interpretation of the hit Tim Rice - Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera tells the story of Christ's (Ted Neeley) final weeks in a bold and epic production. Shot entirely on location in Israel, producer-director Norman Jewison creates a brilliant example of modern movie making with groundbreaking vision and the unforgettable songs of Rice and Webber. Nominated for several Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Cast

  • Ted Neeley
  • Carl Anderson
  • Yvonne Elliman
  • Barry Dennen
  • Bob Bingham
  • Larry Marshall
  • Josh Mostel
  • Kurt Yaghjian
  • Paul Thomas
  • Pi Douglass

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • "Jesus Christ Superstar" opened at the Mark Hellinger Theater on October 12, 1971 and ran for 711 performances.
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Goofs

  • Differences from the source material are not to be counted as goofs. Historical inaccuracies, such as tanks and guns in the year 0033, are also not counted as goofs, especially when related to artistic decisions.
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Quotes

    • Judas: Hey woman, your fine ointment, brand-new and expensive, should have been saved for the poor. Why has it been wasted? We could've raised maybe 300 silver pieces or more. People who are hungry, people who are starving, they matter more than your feet and hair.
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Metacritic

75

A bright and sometimes breathtaking retelling of the rock opera of the same name. It is, indeed, a triumph over that work; using most of the same words and music, it succeeds in being light instead of turgid, outward-looking instead of narcissistic.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
40

If it weren’'t for Lost Horizon, this would have gone down in history as the Worst Musical of 1973.

Metacritic review by David Parkinson
David Parkinson
Empire