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1973 musical starring Victor Garber.

What does Datalounge think of this film?

by Anonymousreply 3703/28/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 103/25/2013

Well, I hated it, but that's because I lived it.

by Anonymousreply 203/25/2013

Kirk Cameron gives it one thumbs up. He'd give it two but the other is up his butt at the moment.

by Anonymousreply 303/25/2013

It has beautiful NYC locations...if you fast forward the bible stories and just listen to the music it can be quite interesting.

by Anonymousreply 403/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 503/25/2013

OP here.

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.

by Anonymousreply 603/25/2013

Judas is hot....I used to wank to his image.

by Anonymousreply 703/25/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 803/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 903/25/2013

[quote] love the final scene where the camera turns a corner and suddenly the empty streets are jammed again

I love that scene too

by Anonymousreply 1003/25/2013

I loved it and own the DVD. The film captures the spirit of the 70s quite well.

by Anonymousreply 1103/25/2013

I agree with R4, really pretty cool

by Anonymousreply 1203/25/2013

"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.

by Anonymousreply 1303/25/2013

That is my favorite song too, R13. Also like the Jesus/Judas duet atop the WTC.

by Anonymousreply 1403/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1503/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1603/25/2013

I actually liked the music, schmaltzy as it was.

by Anonymousreply 1703/25/2013

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 Anonymousreply 1803/25/2013

Lynne we miss u, mamma!!

by Anonymousreply 1903/25/2013

NY in the '70s

by Anonymousreply 2003/25/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2103/25/2013

I need to look at the movie again. I miss 1970s NYC.

by Anonymousreply 2203/25/2013


[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

by Anonymousreply 2303/26/2013

It's terrible.

by Anonymousreply 2403/26/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2503/26/2013

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...

by Anonymousreply 2603/26/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2703/26/2013

OP/R23, thank you.

by Anonymousreply 2803/26/2013

r21: I agree - HAIR should have been a film within two or three years of of its Broadway debut. It dated VERY fast.

by Anonymousreply 2903/26/2013

Victor was beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 3003/26/2013

I've never seen NYC look cleaner. How the fuck did they do that?

I saw Jeffrey Mylett's Names Project quilt panel. Sad.

by Anonymousreply 3103/26/2013

All Good Gifts and the hottie who sang the shit out of it.

by Anonymousreply 3203/28/2013

Just fun to watch Garber in spandex.

by Anonymousreply 3303/28/2013

It was clean in olden times R31.

by Anonymousreply 3403/28/2013

R27's review wins for the unnecessary detail at the end.

by Anonymousreply 3503/28/2013

"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!

by Anonymousreply 3603/28/2013

Remind me again. How does it end?

by Anonymousreply 3703/28/2013
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