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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

Director Norman Jewison took the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock opera out to Israeli desert locations to film an unconventional movie musical version of the last seven days of Christ’s life on Earth.

Unfortunately the film never really found a satisfactory style to match the driving energy of the music.

Ted Neeley played a petulant, flaxen-haired Jesus, Carl Anderson gave an outstanding and electrifying performance as Judas Iscariot. Hawaiian-born Yvonne Elliman (sometimes backing vocalist for Eric Clapton) made an impression as Mary Magdalene with I Don’t Know How To Love Him.

Jesus Christ
Ted Neeley
Mary Magdalene 

Yvonne Elliman
Judas Iscariot 

Carl Anderson
Pontius Pilate
Barry Dennen
King Herod
Joshua Mostel
Bob Bingham
Simon Zealotes
Larry Marshall
Kurt Yaghjian
Philip Toubus
Robert LuPone
Thommie Walsh
Richard Molinare

Norman Jewison