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A Majority of One (1961)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Drama | 3 September 1962 (Sweden)
A gentle love story about a Japanese businessman and widower, and a Brooklyn widow. But before a happy ending can ensue, they must learn again the lessons of tolerance, kindness and forgiveness.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Essie Rubin (as Mae Questal)
Marc Marno ...
Eddie
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Mr. McMillan
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Bride
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Noah Putnam
Francis De Sales ...
American Embassy Representative
Harriet E. MacGibbon ...
Lily Putnam (as Harriet MacGibbon)
Yuki Shimoda ...
Mr. Asano's Secretary
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Captain Norcross
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Storyline

Widowed Bertha Jacoby has led a relatively sheltered, monocultural existence in the same predominantly Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood for most of her adult life, and as such has fairly traditional Jewish values. She is taken aback not only when her son-in-law Jerry Black announces that he and Bertha's daughter Alice Black are moving to Tokyo on Jerry's next diplomatic corps assignment, but that they want her to move there with them so that she won't be all alone. Despite her anti-Japanese sentiments - David, her only son, having been killed in WWII in the Pacific Theater - Bertha reluctantly agrees. They will fly from New York to San Francisco, and sail from there. Against the odds, Bertha befriends on board the ship Koichi Asano, a wealthy widowed Japanese businessman with who Jerry and the American contingent will be entering into sensitive negotiations. Jerry and Alice are wary of Bertha and Mr. Asano's friendship, not only because of the cultural differences but because they believe... Written by Huggo

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3 September 1962 (Sweden)  »

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Mañana viviré  »

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Trivia

The play "A Majority of One" by Leonard Spigelgass opened at the Shubert Theater in New York on February 16, 1959 and ran for 556 performances. Tsuruko Kobayashi and Mae Questel recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. Leonard Spigelgass wrote the play and adapted his work for the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

The steering wheel of the taxi cab is on the wrong side. See more »

Quotes

Essie Rubin: Take a walk around Nostrum avenue and you'll see. That element is moving in. The place is full of them.
Jerry Black: What element Mrs. Rubin?
Essie Rubin: You know what I have reference to: colored, puerto rican...
Jerry Black: Really, I seem to remember that in this very neighborhood year ago, they didn't allow Jews
Essie Rubin: What does one got to do with the other?
Jerry Black: Everything. Mrs. Rubin, the only way to stop prejudice is to stop it in yourself
Essie Rubin: But honestly, it's not a question of prejudice, I just don't like to live with them.
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Connections

References The Law and Jake Wade (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Great Feeling
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Music by Jule Styne
Played at the party when Mr. Asano sends over champagne
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Essential viewing for all Alec Guinness fans
30 October 2004 | by (Bangalore, India) – See all my reviews

Alec Guinness acts as an elderly, influential Japanese businessman in this romance / comedy / drama set in the background of the aftermath of World War II .

When you see this film, you will, not for a minute, imagine that Mr. Koichi Asano (played by Alec Guinness ) is anything other than Japanese

  • so complete is the effort put in by this great actor.




Superb acting from both Alec Guinness and Rosalind Russell and a unique background of Japanese culture make this a very memorable movie.

A 'must' for all Alec Guinness fans !


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