1973 musical starring Victor Garber.
What does Datalounge think of this film?
I finally got around to watching it a little while back after having been involved in a billion stage productions in one way or another (never as a performer.)
Wouldn't you know, I actually liked it? I'd seen those stupid parable scenes over and over, but with the original actors (mostly) they were suddenly charming and made sense.
Plus it's always fun to see NYC in the '70s, and they don't shy away from that at all. I give it a thumbs-up.
Well, I hated it, but that's because I lived it.
Kirk Cameron gives it one thumbs up. He'd give it two but the other is up his butt at the moment.
It has beautiful NYC locations...if you fast forward the bible stories and just listen to the music it can be quite interesting.
I can't stand the source material. A perky retelling of the Gospel According to Matthew starring wholesome hippies? Ugh.
And maybe of the songs are just appalling: "by My Side," "Day by Day"... they were all tailor-made for their elevator music versions.
I asked the question because it was recently on Sony Movie Channel. It gets another showing this Thursday, March 28, at 1:40 p.m. ET.
Judas is hot....I used to wank to his image.
I think it's fantastic - not for the Jesus songs, but for the NYC locations, Especially love the final scene where the camera turns a corner and suddenly the empty streets are jammed again. The opening sequence of all the people running into the park is great too.
I think this would be very dull onstage with the scenery!
I loved the music, so I second-acted the play like a dozen times in 1973-74. The movie didn't live up to the stage version.
[quote] love the final scene where the camera turns a corner and suddenly the empty streets are jammed again
I love that scene too
I loved it and own the DVD. The film captures the spirit of the 70s quite well.
I agree with R4, really pretty cool
"Day by Day" is the standout song, of course, and I like that song best; but I really did like the marvelous Lynne Thigpen singing "Bless the Lord" because the actress infused with some funk and energy that had me hooked in. Wonderful performer.
That is my favorite song too, R13. Also like the Jesus/Judas duet atop the WTC.
I've always loved it, and I'm an atheist. Seen it a million times. But I think they should have kept all the original songs in.
My favorite number is Bless The Lord followed by All For The Best.
My favorite number is "Turn Back, O Man", and I like that moment when Victor Garber draws that heart in the mist on the window. And the dance on top of the WTC.
I actually liked the music, schmaltzy as it was.
I agree with all the posters who say they like the New York in the 70s backdrop.
Somehow New York & the 70s really go together.
New York just looked so New York then.
By the time they made "Hair" it just seemed stale, though the cast was great & the scenery beautiful. It seemed like a nostalgia piece, whereas Godspell really captures the early 70's.
I need to look at the movie again. I miss 1970s NYC.
[italic]Godspell[/italic] will be airing twice over the next week:
[Thursday] March 28 @ 1:40 p.m. ET on Sony Movie Channel (HD Only)
[Sunday] March 31 @ 5:45 a.m. ET on Turner Classic Movies
Day by Day is such an insipid song.
I do like Turn Back, Oh Man and It's All for the Best and Beautiful City, though.
OP, the soundtrack was the first album I ever purchased. It came out my freshman year and our drama teacher took us to see it, where my friends and I immediately swooned over Victor Garber.
Little did we know...
[quote]Day by Day is such an insipid song.
I don't agree. Like it a lot.
I saw it when it opened in London. I was v. young, about 8. The big deal was they invited people up onto the stage for a glass of wine during the interval.
Jeremy Irons was in it & quite a few people who went on to greater fame.
I had diarrhea and had to keep going to the bathroom.
OP/R23, thank you.
r21: I agree - HAIR should have been a film within two or three years of of its Broadway debut. It dated VERY fast.
Victor was beautiful.
I've never seen NYC look cleaner. How the fuck did they do that?
I saw Jeffrey Mylett's Names Project quilt panel. Sad.
All Good Gifts and the hottie who sang the shit out of it.
Just fun to watch Garber in spandex.
It was clean in olden times R31.
R27's review wins for the unnecessary detail at the end.
"Day by Day" is one of those songs that can make you crazy: "day by day, day by day, day by day, day by day, day by day"...ARRGHH!