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The Angel Levine (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 July 1970 (USA)
Morris Mishkin is a elderly religious Jew in New York. His wife Fanny is very ill. He's a tailor, but he can't work because his back has given out. He doesn't even have enough money for ... See full summary »

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Morris Mishkin
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Alexander Levine
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Fanny Mishkin
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Dr. Arnold Berg
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Sally
Barbara Ann Teer ...
Welfare Lady
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Delicatessen Clerk
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Customer in Delicatessen
Stephen Strimpell ...
Drugstore clerk
Sam Raskyn ...
Druggist
Kathy Shawn ...
Woman in drugstore
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Morris Mishkin is a elderly religious Jew in New York. His wife Fanny is very ill. He's a tailor, but he can't work because his back has given out. He doesn't even have enough money for Fanny's medicine. Finally, a black fellow appears from nowhere in the Mishkin kitchen. He says he's an angel from God, sent to help Mishkin. The black angel is even Jewish, named Alex Levine? But will Morris believe in the angel? And can the angel perform the miracle that he promises? Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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If he's an angel, imagine what God is like.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »
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28 July 1970 (USA)  »

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Ein Engel names Levin  »

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The script is based on a short story by Bernard Malamud, "Angel Levine," which was first published in the December 1955 issue of Commentary. In the original story, Mishkin's name was Manischewitz, and his wife's first name was Leah. The story also had a much more upbeat ending. See more »

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A Real Downer
7 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Jewish tailor Morris Mishkin (Zero Mostel) can't work anymore due to a back problem. He's disowned his daughter for marrying an Italian. He's got a wife who's very ill and the bills just keep piling up. Times are tough, to say the least. An angel named Alexander (Harry Belafonte) appears to Morris offering to help. But Morris has lost his faith so he doesn't believe in angels, let alone black ones who use foul language and yell a lot. But Alexander can't help unless Morris believes again.

Good cast can only do so much. The script has some nice moments but is mostly a meandering mess. It has a limited premise yet it feels incredibly padded. It's full of familiar stereotypes and tropes, albeit mostly well-meaning ones. Your mileage may vary on how much the intention matters. It's a simple culture clash story with a little bit of dated social commentary and a downbeat ending that makes you feel like your time was wasted. A disappointing but not entirely worthless viewing experience.


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