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The film opens with youthful city dwellers from various walks of life dropping their activities to follow John the Baptist (David Haskell from the original New York production). They sing ("Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord") as he leads them into a fountain where they are (metaphorically) baptized. There they meet Jesus (Victor Garber). Frizzy hair and mime makeup aside, the handsome young Garber (Titanic, Annie) is convincing in his film debut. Once baptized, they follow him around various scenic New York locations, singing and acting out passages from the Scriptures.
The largely unknown cast is talented and charismatic, but the film is only fitfully engaging on an emotional level because only Jesus, John, and Judas (Haskell again) emerge as distinct characters. Stephen Schwartz's pleasing pop-rock score, however, helps to smooth over the rough spots, and Robin Lamont's hit version of "Day by Day" remains a highlight. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Such wonderful reminders of the 1970s. Some of the cast members were gone far too soon.Published 25 days ago by Sunny @ times
Loved this movie. Loved Katie. And forgot who the actor was that played Jesus all these years.Published 1 month ago by James R. Demello
This hippie 70's musical brought to life to millions the story of the death and resurrection of my dear Lord Jesus Christ. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beatle Guy