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Hester Street (1975)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 August 1976 (Denmark)
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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 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

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Goodbye O Lord, I'm Going To America!

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Drama | Romance

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6 August 1976 (Denmark)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Breakthrough and first major film role of actress Carol Kane. The film garnered Kane her only ever Academy Award nomination for acting, for the Best Actress Oscar. Kane did not win, losing to Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). 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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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

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A triumph for Carol Kane
30 July 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Carol Kane never really found her niche in the movies--only when she switched to sitcoms did her googly-eyed craziness really come off. But in 1975, before we'd gotten used to her comic bravado, she turned in a lovely, Oscar-nominated portrayal of an immigrant Russian Jew in New York that still stuns, even today. Quiet emotions permeate this careful, low-budget, somewhat slight film set on New York's East Side in 1896. Writer-director Joan Micklin Silver has a genuinely sly eye for detail that results in some amusing moments, but for the most part it's a human drama in a thoughtful key which builds momentum as it goes along. **1/2 from ****


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