Resurfaced: Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

In this series of articles, I’ll be posting reviews that have recently resurfaced. A number of the reviews I wrote in the past I thought had been lost to time, but after coming to a realization that they might still exist on the Wayback Machine, I was able to relocate many of them. I believe there are still some that are lost and they may be lost in perpetuity, but I will periodically search for that data or re-write those reviews that I have never found or which I never wrote to begin with.

For now, this series will be extensive with over 300 regular (400+ words), short (400- words), and quickie (1 to 2 paragraphs) reviews. I will attempt to combine them as best as I can. Reviews written in early 1998 or earlier, no date of creation exists. I will post the original writing date where known, otherwise the date will be listed as “unknown.” These reviews were written between the date of my site’s founding in 1996 through much of 2002. It was only after this period that I settled on the standard format and length of reviews as well as posting each one to its own individual page, which is why the old data was ultimately lost.

All but the review content has been replaced to match my current formatting guidelines, which are a bit more thorough than they might have been in those early days. Please note that I am attempting to retain as much of the original editing integrity as possible, so spelling and/or grammar errors may still be present. This may also mean that some factual data is not there as IMDb was not as ubiquitous as it is now. So, let’s get on to today’s review.

Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar



Norman Jewison


Melvyn Bragg, Norman Jewison


1h 46m


Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen, Bob Bingham, Larry T. Marshall, Joshua Mostel, Kurt Yaghjian, Philip Toubus

MPAA Rating


Buy/Rent Movie



Source Material


A film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic musical Jesus Christ Superstar.

This film is moronic, slow and is only saved by a brilliant score and a great performance by Yvonne Elliman. The rest of the film sits boringly on a pedestal. The film starts with a busload of students arriving in the desert to put on a musical, this is where the film goes wrong. In a musical of this depth, an epic is the only format it can easily be displayed in. The costumes were rather infantile and the sets aren’t very interesting. Jesus Christ Superstar makes a better musical than a movie.

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