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Fiddler on the Roof -- Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka. Tevye the milkman, played by Israeli actor Topol, is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the romantic entanglements of his five daughters, and the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews., Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, he does not answer but he is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative wife Golde. Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when his oldest daughter Tzeitel falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil after he has already arranged a marriage between her and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. When Tevye and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar's minions he must find a way to change his tune and his entire life.
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Sholom Aleichem (adapted from stories)
Arnold Perl (adapted from Sholem Aleichem stories by special arrangement with)
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Release Date:
3 November 1971 (USA) See more »
The screen's most magnificent entertainment returns...filled with joy, laughter, love and life. (re-release) See more »
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing antisemitic sentiment threatens his village. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Topol ... Tevye

Norma Crane ... Golde

Leonard Frey ... Motel

Molly Picon ... Yente
Paul Mann ... Lazar Wolf

Rosalind Harris ... Tzeitel

Michele Marsh ... Hodel
Neva Small ... Chava

Paul Michael Glaser ... Perchik (as Michael Glaser)
Ray Lovelock ... Fyedka (as Raymond Lovelock)
Elaine Edwards ... Shprintze
Candy Bonstein ... Bielke
Shimen Ruskin ... Mordcha
Zvee Scooler ... Rabbi

Louis Zorich ... Constable
Alfie Scopp ... Avram
Howard Goorney ... Nachum

Barry Dennen ... Mendel

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Russian Official
Ruth Madoc ... Fruma Sarah
Patience Collier ... Grandma Tzeitel
Tutte Lemkow ... Fiddler
Stella Courtney ... Shandel
Jacob Kalich ... Yankel
Brian Coburn ... Berl
George Little ... Hone
Stanley Fleet ... Farcel
Arnold Diamond ... Moishe
Marika Rivera ... Rifka
Mark Malicz ... Ezekial

Aharon Ipalé ... Sheftel (as Aharon Ipale)

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Sexton
Vladimir Medar ... Priest
Sammy Bayes ... Russian Dancer
Larry Bianco ... Russian Dancer
Walter Cartier ... Russian Dancer
Peter Johnston ... Russian Dancer
Guy Lutman ... Russian Dancer
Donald Maclennan ... Russian Dancer
René Sartoris ... Russian Dancer (as Rene Sartoris)
Roy Durbin ... Bottle Dancer
Ken Robson ... Bottle Dancer
Bob Stevenson ... Bottle Dancer
Lou Zamprogna ... Bottle Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Baptie ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cyril Bass ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)
Tanya Bayona ... Dancer (uncredited)
C.C. Bilham ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)
Ina Claire ... Dancer (uncredited)
Susan Claire ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sarah Cohen ... Bashe (uncredited)
Otto Diamant ... Yussel (uncredited)
Harry Ditson ... Leibesh (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Russian (uncredited)
Jody Hall ... Dancer (uncredited)
Judith Harte ... Gnessi (uncredited)
A. Haverstock ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)
Michael Ingleton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Miki Iveria ... Bess (uncredited)
Carl Jaffe ... Isaac (uncredited)
Nigel Kingsley ... (uncredited)
H. Krein ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)
Hilda Kriseman ... Zelda (uncredited)
Barry Lines ... Dancer (uncredited)
Danny Mann ... one of Rabbi's students (uncredited)
Alfred Maron ... Previous Rabbi (uncredited)
Albin Pahernik ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joel Rudnick ... Marcus (uncredited)
Adam Scott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Petra Siniawski ... Dancer (uncredited)
Susan Sloman ... Nechama (uncredited)
Karen Trent ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kenneth Waller ... (uncredited)
M. Winter ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)
Leo Wright ... Villiage Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
Sholom Aleichem (adapted from stories) (as Sholem Aleichem)

Arnold Perl (adapted from Sholem Aleichem stories by special arrangement with)

Joseph Stein (stageplay by)

Joseph Stein (screenplay by)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... associate producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Jerry Bock 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs 
Robert Lawrence 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
Art Direction by
Michael Stringer 
Veljko Despotovic (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Peter Lamont 
Costume Design by
Joan Bridge 
Elizabeth Haffenden 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Carruth .... post-production supervisor
Larry DeWaay .... production supervisor (as Larry De Waay)
Ted Lloyd .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Ibbetson .... second assistant director
Terence Nelson .... first assistant director (as Terry Nelson)
Vladimir Spindler .... second assistant director
Terence Churcher .... assistant director (uncredited)
D. Howard Grigsby .... assistant director (uncredited)
Stevan Petrovic .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
William Maldonado .... construction manager
Mentor Huebner .... designer (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... primary production illustrator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound re-recording mixer
Les Wiggins .... sound editor
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Patrick Heigham .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Doug Smith .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
John Stevenson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Willis .... development engineer (uncredited)
Milan Mitic .... stunt coordinator: horse work (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Fraser .... key grip
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator (as Jim Turrell)
Len Crowe .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Richard Altman .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Lois La Salle .... post-production secretary
Brian Mann .... assistant editor
Wally Nelson .... assistant editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
Music Department
Jerry Bock .... music for the stage play by
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sheldon Harnick .... lyricist
Sheldon Harnick .... lyrics for the stage play by
Isaac Stern .... soloist: violin
Eric Tomlinson .... music mixer (as Eric A. Tomlinson)
John Williams .... conductor
John Williams .... music adaptor
John Williams .... orchestrator
Ray Holder .... music arranger (uncredited)
David Lindup .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Tommy Abbott .... choreographer: adapted for the screen by (as Tom Abbott)
Sammy Bayes .... assistant choreographer
Charles Cannon .... production accountant
Jerry Howard .... assistant to producer
Branko Lustig .... location manager
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary
Harold Prince .... producer: New York stage production
Jerome Robbins .... choreographer: New York stage production
Jerome Robbins .... director: New York stage production
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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181 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints) | Stereo (35 mm mag-optical prints)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | Chile:TE (re-rating) (1992) | Chile:(Banned) (1974-1992) | Finland:K-8 | Ireland:G | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 23686)
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Did You Know?

Zero Mostel, who created the role of Tevye on Broadway, was reportedly bitter that he did not play the role in the movie. Years later, when his son Josh Mostel received a phone call offering him the role of Blotto in the TV series "Delta House" (1979), he reportedly yelled, "Tell them to ask Topol's son if he wants the job!"See more »
Miscellaneous: When the family is preparing for the Sabbath, Golde tells Perchik to wash at the well, and she tells Hodel to help him. As they leave the room, Perchik goes out a side door and Hodel follows her sisters upstairs.See more »
[first lines]
Tevye:A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask 'Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!
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Since this is a movie about changing tradition, how do the Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava bunk tradition?
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely wonderful!, 23 January 2010
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I know people have complained about the length of this movie. Yeah, it is long, three hours approximately, but there are so many things that compensate. Norman Jewison's direction is very good, and the film is stylishly filmed, with some nice cinematography and there are nice scenery and costumes. The choreography is great, energetic in parts and graceful in others. Next, the music is outstanding. The incidental music largely reminiscent of Russian folk music is a real treat, but the songs are outstanding. The beautiful "Sunrise, Sunset", the fun "Tradition", the idealistic "Match Maker" and the energetic "If I Were A Rich Man", all amazing. Also, Topol, what an absolutely brilliant performance. He put body and soul into Tevye, successfully mixing humour, wisdom and poignancy and the result is one of the most memorable performances in any musical to grace our screens. All the other performances are wonderful, I liked it all five daughters had distinct personalities, and Norma Crane is fantastic as the mother. The story is both tight and poignant, about a milkman of Jewish values, who wishes his five daughters to marry. In conclusion, wonderful and definitely memorable. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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