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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 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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



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Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 July 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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What a Shame.
21 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Okay. I was just out of high school in 1970 when this movie came out and I remember how hip, edgy, and off-kilter certain directors and actors tried to be in the 1970's and into the 1980's ... this movie must have been one of those movies. Good grief, do not waste your time. And waste is the operative word here. Not only of time but of actors, particularly Zero Mostel, Ida Kaminska, and Milo O'Shea. This could have been such a wonderful movie with heart and love, but those in power chose to take the low road. Maybe (since it was 1970) drugs were involved - I would not be surprised. I understand this was based on a short story by Bernard Malamud from 1955 and the original story had a much more upbeat ending. I could see this being much more along the line of Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty", if there had been someone with a better vision. Too bad. Perhaps someone will remake this with the author's original intent. Hopefully.

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