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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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Len Birman ...
Harry Herman
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Annie Herman
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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
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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26 September 1975 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Ahogy én láttam  »

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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Schindler's List (1993) See more »

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Rags, Clothes, Bottles
Music and Lyrics by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Kenny Karen
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One Awful Performance
26 December 2005 | by (North Ogden, Utah) – See all my reviews

Great sets and costumes from the '20s, wonderful tender story about a young Jewish boy in Canada and his old-world Grandpa and more modern parents, and some really good acting--except from the one actor who needed to deliver an awesome performance. Jeff Lynas, the kid playing the central character, David, is so bad he brings down the whole production. He can't seem to offer any emotion at all when he speaks; he's monotonally reading his lines as he delivers them. Just hellaciously, frighteningly bad acting. I gave this a 6 because everything else was so good, particularly the sets and Len Birman's performance as David's pie-in-the-sky up-to-date father, but it'd take an act of God for me to sit through anything else Lynas is in.


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