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Hester Street (1975)

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It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Keats ...
Jake
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Gitl
Mel Howard ...
Bernstein
Dorrie Kavanaugh ...
Mamie
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Mrs. Kavarsky
Stephen Strimpell ...
Joe Peltner
Lauren Frost ...
Fanny
Paul Freedman ...
Joey
Martin Garner ...
Boss
Leib Lensky ...
Peddler
Zane Lasky ...
Greenhorn
Zvee Scooler ...
Rabbi
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Rabbi's Wife
Robert Lesser ...
Lawyer
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Jake's Landlady
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It's 1896. Yankel Bogovnik, a Russian Jew, emigrated to the United States three years earlier and has settled where many of his background have, namely on Hester Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. He has assimilated to American life, having learned English, anglicized his name to Jake, and shaved off his beard. He is working at a $12/week job as a seamster, the money earned to be able to bring his wife Gitl and his son Yossele to America from Russia. Regardless, he has fallen in love with another woman, a dancer named Mamie Fein. Nonetheless, he is excited when he learns that Gitl and Yossele are indeed coming to America. His happiness at their arrival is dampened when he sees that Gitl is not "American" looking like Mamie and has troubles assimilating as quickly as he would like. Except to Mamie, he tries to show a public fa├žade that everything is fine at home with Gitl. But can their marriage survive these differences, and if not, will Gitl be able to manage in this new... Written by Huggo

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Apparently, the cast's only non-actor was Mel Howard, who played Bernstein. Yiddish Howard was at the time the director of New York University's graduate film program. The picture was Howard's debut theatrical feature film as an actor. See more »

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Early scene at table with Gitl, her husband, son and boarder, one can see the mic in the upper right-hand corner. See more »

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A Wonderful Sleeper
13 August 2004 | by (Jersey City, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Saw it on local PBS station many years ago not expecting much.

A wonderful and charming movie.

Acting, Sets, costumes, plot, and ironic ending make this a great movie that anyone can enjoy without being deluged with sex, violence, strong language.

Carol Kane and Steven Keats were marvelous.

I just about fell off my sofa laughing at the end.

A true gem!


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