Jesus Christ Superstar is the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webers hit rock opera of the same name. This movie approximately two hours long and has religious themes. The film stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson. At the beginning of the film a group of hippies on a bus get off in the desert. Here they tell the story of the struggle between Christ and Judas in his last weeks before the crucifixion. Although this story is about biblical events, the setting is definitely modern and includes a war theme complete with tanks and guns.
Told through song you listen and watch as Judas tries to warn Jesus that all the work he has been doing with the poor and sick will lead to his destruction. He expresses his worry that the crowds will create too much noise and cause problems with the Roman Empire.
Jesus then tells Judas and his followers that they could not understand what it is he must do. You watch as the Roman council plot to have Jesus arrested. They promise Judas that if he helps them the rest of his followers will not be harmed and it is only Jesus that they want. Judas betrays Jesus and later commits suicide.
With the remainder of the story you witness Jesus treatment of Mary Magdeline and his other disciples. You see him ride into the city on a donkey for Palm Sunday and watch the people praise him. He heals the sick and finally tired cries for people to heal themselves.
In the end he is taken to King Harod who sends him back to Jerusalem as a fraud. When Pilot offers the people the choice of letting Jesus go or Barabas a known criminal the people turn against him and cry for his crucifixion. The story ends with Christ death and the hippies get back on the bus.