MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,868 this week

Hester Street (1975)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 731 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 9 critic

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 »

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 06 Nov 2010
 
a list of 26 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 31 Aug 2011
 
a list of 75 titles
created 10 Jun 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hester Street" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hester Street (1975)

Hester Street (1975) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hester Street.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A father will do anything to protect his family's reputation when his unmarried teenage daughter becomes pregnant because she was raped by her brother's friend.

Director: William Fruet
Stars: Carol Kane, Donald Pleasence, Doris Petrie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Amy Irving, Peter Riegert, Reizl Bozyk
Charms for the Easy Life (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of three women who live in a North Carolina town and defy the traditional roles set forth for them by society.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Gena Rowlands, Mimi Rogers, Susan May Pratt
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Story of an underground newspaper in Boston about to be taken over by big business.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Charles is a Salt Lake City civil servant who loves (*LOVES*) Laura, a lovely housewife with a lovely step-daughter and an A-frame-selling, ex-quarterback husband named Ox. His roommate is ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: John Heard, Mary Beth Hurt, Peter Riegert
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Jewish boy grows up in 1920s Montreal with a grandfather who tells stories and a father who won't work.

Director: Ján Kadár
Stars: Len Birman, Marilyn Lightstone, Yossi Yadin
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

One man show about the presidency of Harry S Truman.

Director: Steve Binder
Stars: James Whitmore
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Mark Ruffalo
Claudine (1974)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Claudine tries to provide for her six children in Harlem while on welfare. She has a romance with Roop, a cheerful garbageman she meets while working on the side as a maid.

Director: John Berry
Stars: Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Cates
Stars: Joanne Woodward, Martin Balsam, Sylvia Sidney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A vaudeville duo agree to reunite for a TV special, but it turns out that they can't stand each other.

Director: Herbert Ross
Stars: Walter Matthau, George Burns, Richard Benjamin
Hedda (1975)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Henrik Ibsen's enduring drama about a Nordic femme fatale - a neurotic, controlling, strong-willed woman who is nonetheless alluring to the males in her town. She is a solitary woman in a ... See full summary »

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Glenda Jackson, Peter Eyre, Timothy West
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Keats ...
Jake
...
Gitl
Mel Howard ...
Bernstein
Dorrie Kavanaugh ...
Mamie
...
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
...
Jake's Landlady
Edit

Storyline

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 façade 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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

america | beard | marriage | dancer | russia | See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

6 August 1976 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Hester utca  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joan Micklin Silver wrote the film's screenplay in six weeks. Silver changed the emphasis of the film's source novel "Yekl" from a man's the point-of-view (the husband's POV) to a woman's perspective (the wife's POV). See more »

Goofs

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Carol Kane's Absolute Best
28 June 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

If you're a Carol Kane fan, and haven't seen this film, run out and rent it now (if you can find it). But don't expect the usual eccentric comic character Ms. Kane usually plays.

Filmed in black & white, this is a very atmospheric period piece about a traditional Jewish wife in turn-of-the-century America, whose husband is dissatisfied with her and wants a more modern woman. Carol Kane plays a quiet, thoughtful wife who somehow commands the screen just by sitting there and watching the selfish, thoughtless people rant and rave about her. She is a truer definition of a hero than any of the action heroes that have come out of Hollywood in the past 30 years; thoughtful, indefatiguable and irrepressible, despite the fact that she is firmly part of the traditional Jewish community where women subjugate themselves to men.

This is not an action piece; it's a character and period piece about surviving with dignity despite poverty, repression and injustice. This is the best performance by Carol Kane I have seen, not because she can't do better, but because she hasn't been given another role this thoughtful and dynamic. If she is given more roles like this in the future, she will again prove she is one of the best actresses in the country. A great film and a great performance.

Eight out of ten stars.


21 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
7/10 dustin-jones
Hester Street logline glenysrowe
Sepia asoloway
Great movie CrossCountryDriver
Question heberald26
Deleted scenes ? dktenor
Discuss Hester Street (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?