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Lies My Father Told Me (1975)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yossi Yadin ...
Zaida
Len Birman ...
Harry Herman
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Annie Herman
Jeff Lynas ...
David Herman (as Jeffrey Lynas)
Ted Allan ...
Mr. Baumgarten
Henry Gamer ...
Uncle Benny
Barbara Chilcott ...
Mrs. Tannenbaum
Carol Lazare ...
Edna
Mignon Elkins ...
Mr. Bondy
Cleo Paskal ...
Cleo
Rolland Bédard
Raymond Benoît
Bertrand Gagnon
Guy L'Ecuyer
E.M. Margolese
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Storyline

It's the 1920's. The Hermans - Harry Herman, his wife Annie Herman née Elias, their adolescent son David Herman, and Annie's father - are a Jewish family living in a small flat in the working class Jewish neighborhood of Montréal. David loves his "Zaida" (grandfather) with who he spends most Sundays driving around in their horse drawn wagon collecting junk - namely "rags, clothes, bottles" - to earn money. David also loves hearing his Zaida's stories about their Jewish culture, although most of those stories are made up and not based based on religious Jewish beliefs. Those stories are only one bone of contention between religious Zaida and secular Harry, as modern thinking Harry feels the stories are old fashioned hogwash and provide David with no grounding in what is real in life. Another issue of contention is money, as Harry is always dreaming of get rich schemes - the latest being to manufacture permanently creased and thus iron-less trousers - for which Zaida will not provide ... Written by Huggo

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Children believe in miracles. Grandfathers make them come true. See more »

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Release Date:

26 September 1975 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy én láttam  »

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Budget:

CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Zero Mostel was originally scheduled to appear in this movie. See more »

Quotes

ZaidaDavid Herman: [in a sing-song voice] Rags! Clothes! Bottles!
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Connections

Referenced in Liberty Street: Lies I Told My Father (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Rags, Clothes, Bottles
Music and Lyrics by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Kenny Karen
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Heartwarming glimpse into a child's world.
17 December 1999 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

David (author Ted Allan) is a boy growing up in the Jewish ghetto of Montreal in the 1920s. He idolizes his rag picker grandfather and tries to make sense of his parents' world. This is a charming and heartwarming look at the love and special bond between a child and a grandparent. The plot is made of vignettes but is ultimately a very cohesive look at microcosmic society. Yossi Yadin as the Grandfather Zaida gives a superb performance. The parade of eccentric characters never fails to keep one's interest. Author Ted Allan, who earned a Oscar nom for this screenplay, plays the supporting role of Mr. Baumgarten. Definitely worth a look - a good family film.


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