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"Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1973, Oscar-nominated film adaptation of the rock opera of the same name, based on the last weeks before the crucifixion of Jesus. The film was directed by Norman Jewison. Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson were nominated for two 1974 Golden Globe Award for their portrayals of Jesus and Judas, respectively.
During the filming of Fiddler on the Roof, Barry Dennen (who played Pilate on the concept album) suggested to Norman Jewison that he should direct Jesus Christ Superstar as a film. After hearing the album, Jewison agreed to do it. The film was shot in Israel (primarily at the ruins of Avdat) and other Middle Eastern locations in 1972. The cast consisted mostly of actors from the Broadway show, with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson starring as Jesus and Judas. Neeley had played a reporter and a leper in the Broadway version, and understudied the role of Jesus. Along with Dennen, Yvonne Elliman (Mary Magdalene), and Bob Bingham (Caiaphas) reprised their Broadway roles in the film. Originally, Jewison had wanted Ian Gillan to reprise his role as Jesus, but Gillan turned down the offer, deciding that he would please fans more by touring with Deep Purple. Like the stage show, the film gave rise to controversy even with the changes to the script.
The film begins with a group of actors arriving in a bus and preparing for the filming of Jesus Christ Superstar during the overture. In this scene only the actor portraying Christ is not seen leaving the bus. Jesus seems to appear in the midst of the dancing cast. This is echoed at the end when he is not seen entering the bus to depart. The show gets underway, and we see Judas sitting on a hill watching Jesus surrounded by followers. Judas is worried about Jesus' popularity — he is being hailed as a God, but Judas feels he is just a man, and fears the consequences of their growing movement ...
The film as well as the musical were criticized by religious groups. Tim Rice said Jesus was seen through Judas' eyes as a mere human being. Some Christians found this remark, as well as the fact that the musical did not show the resurrection, to be blasphemous. Some found Judas too sympathetic (in the movie it states that he wants to give to the poor, although the Bible leaves out his ulterior motives). Also, in the film Judas is played by an African-American actor rather than a Jew or Caucasian. Biblical purists pointed out a small number of deviations from biblical text as additional concerns; for example, Pilate himself having the dream instead of his wife.
According to the commentary, all the windy shots in the film was all natural. No wind machines were used. 'King Herod's Song' is actually a number from 'King Richard', a failed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Tim Rice had to write new lyrics for this number so that it could be added to 'Jesus Christ Superstar'; originally, the number was called 'Those Saladin Days'. Actors were required to 'hydrate' every twenty minutes while on location in the desert. Huge, 'multicolored' blocks of ice were brought in from Tel Aviv for this process.The '39 Lashes' scene in Jesus Christ Superstar (1973) was so realistic that Ted Neeley's Mother walked out on it. Mrs. Neeley had never laid a hand on young Ted in an anything but affectionate manner, and could not bear the sight of her son being whipped and tortured by anyone else, even though she knew it was just acting."
Heaven on their Minds
What's The Buzz?
Strange Thing Mystifying
This Jesus Must Die
The Temple (Roll On Up, Jerusalem)
I Don't Know How To Love Him
Damned For All Time/Blood Money
Gethsemane (I Only Want Say)
Could We Start Again Please
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Miniature Valentine's Day Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
This is one of my all time DREAM musicals I wish to be in before I die.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Plan 9 from Outer Space: The Musical
There are probably more musicals that I can't remember.
Plus, big ups to my old catholic school friend Alex Zamora. We both loved this damn musical. In fact, we went downtown and saw THE Jesus and Judas from the movie do a stage version of this in like 1991 or 1992. It was memorable because 1) the lead singer from the band Styx was Pontius Pilate (which even back then I thought was kind of silly) and because 2) Jesus fell off the stage during Roll On Up Jerusalem when Jesus trashes the temple. Jesus Christ fell right off the fucking stage. He was rushing on stage to fucking kick the moneylending jews asses and he slipped and face planted right into the orchestra pit. And man, it doesn't matter that whores and moneylenders are doing drugs and fucking and shit - if Jesus falls off a stage, even the biggest sinner will help him get up. I know that now, thanks to Alex Zamora.
I guess I probably could spin that into some sort of deep philosophical thing if I was only a bit smarter.
Oh, and by the way, today might be a double feature. I actually bought a NEW dvd with my pile of used vhs. It's a movie featuring more giant monsters than you could shake a stick of dynamite at. But the kids want to see it, too, so I might have to wait for them and see just whatever b-movie shit I have here as a double feature instead. Either way, there might just be TWO church-less movies this week.
Stay tuned ...