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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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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Genre:
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 »
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Cultural Divide See more (145 total) »

Cast

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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)
 
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 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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Runtime:
181 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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) | 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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Trivia:
Many devotees of the Broadway show were annoyed that Zero Mostel (who originated the role so famously on the Broadway stage) was not cast as Tevye in this film. The filmmakers decided that the film needed to be more authentic so a more "believeable" actor was hired, with Norman Jewison explaining: "One reason I liked Topol's performance so much on the stage was that he projected his sense of destiny as, and pride in being, a Jew. His Tevye never loses dignity and strength; he is a man who knows who he is and where he's going."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Near the end of the dancing scene in Mordcha's inn, we see the Jews holding hands and dancing to one side, and the Russians walking ducked through the spaces between their bodies to the other side. In the first two takes, we see four Russians, and in the following two takes only three, the one on the right, with brown hair and a blue shirt, is gone.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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Cultural Divide, 24 June 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Watching Fiddler On The Roof I couldn't help but think that way back when he was a student, Sholem Aleichem must have gotten a Russian translation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It must have influenced him so that I can't believe it was a coincidence that when he created the story of Tevye the Milkman he had five daughters and he was just looking to get them off his hands just like Mr. Bennett was with his five.

Of course the difference between Czarist Russia for Jews and being part of the landed gentry in early Victorian England is cultural light years. Still fathers, mothers, daughters and prospective sons-in-law are the same wherever you go.

Filling some very big shoes in the lead was Topol who to this day is still appearing in stage productions of Fiddler On The Roof. But in 1971 people still remembered Zero Mostel on Broadway. Mostel was no longer in it, but Fiddler On The Roof was coming to the end of its then record run of 3242 performances. Topol had done the London production though so he was no novice in the part.

Topol justified Norman Jewison's faith in him by garnering an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Leonard Frey who was Motel the tailor who was the only one from the original Broadway cast and not in the role he did on Broadway got a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In fact I liked him best in the film, a Yiddish version of Willie Mossop, the worm that turned from another English source, Hobson's Choice.

The cultural divide is the thing about Fiddler On The Roof that does separate it from a Victorian novel to a story of a perennially persecuted people. The thing that got me was the people's utter resignation to their fate come what may. Paul Michael Glaser, later Starsky on Starsky&Hutch, is the only one who's mad as hell and not taking it any more. For his pains he winds up in Siberia. Many have wondered why the Jews just marched off to the concentration camps two generations later. The answer in many ways is to be found in the characters Sholem Aleichem created from what he observed during his life.

Norman Jewison as a director filled the screen with this stage production. Small wonder among the Oscars that Fiddler On The Roof did win was for cinematography. The film also won for sound and best adapted musical score. The original songs were done by the Broadway team of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Bock in writing the music had as keen an ear for the folk music of the culture as Richard Rodgers did in writing an Oriental score for The King And I.

If the role of Yente the matchmaker, a name as well as an occupation in Jewish tradition, wasn't in the original play, they'd have to have invented something to get Molly Picon in the film. The movie going public might only know her from such mainstream films like Come Blow Your Horn, but this woman who started as a child entertaining newly arrived folks from places like Anatevka became the First Lady of the Yiddish Theater. It wouldn't have been right to do Sholem Aleichem on the big screen without her in the film in some way.

Fiddler On The Roof is one of the best adapted Broadway musicals to the big screen ever done. And this review is dedicated to my late grandfather Isidore Kogan who came from Kamenets-Podolsk, a place just like Anatevka and settled here along with eight brothers and sisters in a watch repair business. I never knew Isidore, he died a week before I made my earthly debut, but he would have so loved Fiddler On The Roof.

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