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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)
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Eddie
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Mr. McMillan
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Bride
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Noah Putnam
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American Embassy Representative
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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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The heart-warmingest picture under the rising sun! The happiest pairing of stars in many-a-moon! See more »


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3 September 1962 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mañana viviré  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

His role as Captain Norcross became the final feature film role for Alan Mowbray, ending a movie career of over thirty years. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Koichi Asano: The hardest word in the English language is "rorripop"
[lollipop]
Koichi Asano: .
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

It's a Great Feeling
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Played at the party when Mr. Asano sends over champagne
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Painfully long...?
3 April 2004 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

Maybe for someone with the attention span of a gnat.

Nice movie. Great portrayal by Alec Guinness. He somehow manages to overcome the impediment of a botox like makeup job to produce a completely convincing Japanese business man. Everything from the way he managed to sit in seiza (position of kneeling) in a relaxed manner to the way he spoke Japanese was convincing. He spoke Japanese with a better Japanese accent than he spoke English with a Japanese accent. The man was a freak. I was expecting something like the gibberish dialog of Kill Bill, but this movie got it right. Nice job done by Rosalind Russell too. Don't know her work, but I will keep my eye out.

Felt compelled to defend this sweet movie.


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