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Based on the gospel of St. Matthew, this film is the story of Christ brought into the modern and corrupt venue of New York City -- a flower child living and dying for his beliefs. Based on a Broadway play, this film takes a nostalgic look at the sixties.
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Critic Reviews for Godspell
A lesson in how not to transfer a theatrical musical to the big screen.
The peppy no-name cast take to the parables like toddlers take to Sesame Street.
Calling this the "Sesame Street" version of the Gospel would be an insult to "Sesame Street."
Engaging Hair wannabe.
Delightful piece of 1970s nostalgia; many memorable tunes
Seventies musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew is spirited and touching.
Audience Reviews for Godspell
This movie walks a fine line between uplifting and annoying. For the most part I found it really annoying. Maybe I'll watch it again someday to give it another chance.More
Cool idea, to have a hippy version of Jesus running around the streets and landmarks of New York City with his co-ed disciples, but everybody acts like complete idiots, most of the songs (except for "Day By Day") are dreadful, and they tell boring stories. It's pantomime throughout. There's not much drama or conflict. I tried watching several times, and always got bored.More
I can't give you one reason in the world why I watched this but I did. It's the Book of Matthew set in 70s Manhattan. I cursed Godspell for the first hour or so then I didn't mind and even liked some of the rest of it. The music got better and the thought of Jesus getting crucified always excites me a little. It's like the car accident you can't look away from--horror you have to see. File with 9/11, Nazis and the ensuing holocaust. Bad transition here but it's equally frightening and hilarious. The Goodwill outfits, the Jew fros and the fact that you're supposed to forget that several million people live in New York as a hippie theater troupe cavorts around the deserted city adds up to the theater of the absurd. But absurd in a very twisted and entertaining way. (Oh... and being under the influence helps...)More
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