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Director:
Writers:
Tommy Abbott (adapted for the screen by)
Joseph Stein (based on the stageplay "Fiddler on the Roof" by)
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Release Date:
3 November 1971 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The screen's most magnificent entertainment returns...filled with joy, laughter, love and life. (re-release) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
To life, to life, la chayim! See more (139 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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
Robert Stevenson ... Bottle Dancer (as Bob Stevenson)
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)
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)
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Directed by
Norman Jewison 
 
Writing credits
Tommy Abbott (adapted for the screen by) (as Tom Abbott)

Joseph Stein (based on the stageplay "Fiddler on the Roof" by)

Sholom Aleichem (adapted from stories) (as Sholem Aleichem)

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

Joseph Stein (screenplay)

Produced by
Norman Jewison .... producer
Patrick J. Palmer .... associate producer (as Patrick Palmer)
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Jerry Bock 
John Williams (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Antony Gibbs (film editor)
Robert Lawrence (film editor)
 
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 (costumes designed by)
Elizabeth Haffenden (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup
Gordon Bond .... hairdresser
Wally Schneiderman .... makeup
 
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 and primary production illustrator (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound re-recordist
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)
 
Stunts
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 film editor
Wally Nelson .... assistant film editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jerry Bock .... music for the stageplay by
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Sheldon Harnick .... lyricist
Sheldon Harnick .... lyrics for the stageplay by
Isaac Stern .... soloist
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
Sammy Bayes .... assistant choreographer
Charles Cannon .... production accountant
Jerry Howard .... assistant to producer
Branko Lustig .... location manager
Golda Offenheim .... production secretary
Harold Prince .... produced on the New York stage by
Jerome Robbins .... entire stage production directed by
Jerome Robbins .... original choreography by
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor
Tommy Abbott .... choreographer: film (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
181 min
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Color:
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)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:G (Canadian Home Video rating) | 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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Trivia:
Norman Jewison considered Hanna Maron for the part of Golde but, when she lost a leg in a terrorist attack in Munich, had to give the part to Norma Crane. Other candidates for Golde included Anne Bancroft (who turned it down on the grounds that Golde was too small next to Tevye's), Anne Jackson, Claire Bloom, Geraldine Page, and 'Colleén Dewhurst'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The sun angle changes several times during "Matchmaker". Most obvious when Chava is pushed onto a sunny pile of hay that was in the shadows seconds before.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spider-Man 2 (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
TraditionSee more »

FAQ

What does "Reb" mean?
What is the English translation for the blessing that the Rabbi bestows on Motel's used sewing machine?
How does the movie end?
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75 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
To life, to life, la chayim!, 5 December 1999
Author: Lola-9 from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

I love "Fiddler on the Roof" so much it's difficult for me to comment on it in a detached way. I just think about it and I'm filled with emotion. (And I'm not the sentimental type!) It honestly depicts what it means to be human. It contains love, faith, family, friendship, humour, violence, hate, prejudice, change, vulnerability, joy, community, anger...everything. This film is a tribute to the Jewish people, but you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy it. It's so rich that everyone can identify with it, and learn from it.

As for the music, all the songs fit in naturally and stand on their own as classics. "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Sunrise, Sunset," "If I Were A Rich Man" - need I say more? When Hodel sings "Far From the Home I Love" it's tissue time. They're all so beautiful! If you usually find it hard to take when characters in musicals suddenly burst into song, don't worry, in this film it's so seamless you can't imagine them communicating any other way. The music makes it easier for them to say things they normally wouldn't in conversation.

The characters are so real and down-to-earth. They're strong, hard-working people, who have their priorities straight. I can't write about FOTR without mentioning Tevye - the centre of this whirling story, and a man who, like all of us, struggles with the pace with which his world is changing. He clings to the past, yet accepts what the future may bring. I don't think there is another film out there that addresses how insecure we feel with change. But hey, that's life. "To life, to life, la chayim!!"

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