Ted Neeley makes for a wimpy looking Jesus in Norman Jewison''s screen adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice "rock opera," which was a smash on stage in the early ''70s. Jewison (Other People''s Money) adds some good exterior settings in the desert, but Webber and Rice''s dialogue-free story (everything is sung, as in a real opera), with its quasi-profundities about the inner demons of principal figures in the life of Christ, is the real hook. Yvonne Elliman sings the show''s best-known song, "I Don''t Know How to Love Him." --Tom Keogh
Jesus judas and mary magdalene cross paths in this version of the rock opera. Studio: Uni Dist Corp. (mca) Release Date: 08/31/2004 Starring: Ted Neeley Yvonne Elliman Run time: 107 minutes Rating: G Director: Norman Jewison
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