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The Angel Levine (1970)

 -  Drama  -  28 July 1970 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Anna Stuart
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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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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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Zero Mostel and Harry Belafonte make an interesting pairing in The Angel Levine
6 February 2012 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

When I looked up Harry Belafonte on netflix.dom, this movie was listed as available for streaming. And so it is that I'm now reviewing what was previously unknown to me. Zero Mostel is unemployed because of a bad back and his wife (Ida Kaminska) is bedridden. Belafonte claims to be an angel in order to help with his problems but he has some of his own like a woman named Sally (Gloria Foster) who can't forgive him for his condescending attitude toward her. I'll stop there and just say part of me was confused by the narrative especially when Harry just keeps on making one uncomfortable with his profanities and not-always-trusting manner. Mostel also makes himself hard to identify with especially when he argues with his wife. Still, it was fascinating to watch and I was never bored. So on that note, The Angel Levine is at the least worth a look. P.S. I have to mention that Ms. Foster was born in the same city I was which was Chicago, Ill.


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