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A Majority of One (1961)

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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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Mrs. Bertha Jacoby
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Koichi Asano
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Jerome Black
Madlyn Rhue ...
Alice Black
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Mrs. Esther 'Essie' Rubin (as Mae Questal)
Marc Marno ...
Eddie
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Mr. McMillon
Sharon Hugueny ...
Bride
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Noah Putnam
Francis De Sales ...
American embassy representative
Yuki Shimoda ...
Mr. Asano's secretary
Harriet E. MacGibbon ...
Mrs. Lily Putnam (as Harriet MacGibbon)
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Captain Norcross
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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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3 September 1962 (Sweden)  »

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1000 Meilen bis Yokohama  »

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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 »

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On ocean liner when Mrs. Jacoby is feeling ill, passenger briefly walks by in background, casting flat shadow against what is obviously just a painted backdrop of a lengthy cruise ship deck. See more »

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Koichi Asano: The hardest word in the English language is "rorripop"
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References The Law and Jake Wade (1958) See more »

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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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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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