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Lies My Father Told Me (1975)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  26 September 1975 (Canada)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yossi Yadin ...
Len Birman ...
Harry Herman
Annie Herman
Jeff Lynas ...
David Herman (as Jeffrey Lynas)
Ted Allan ...
Mr. Baumgarten
Henry Gamer ...
Uncle Benny
Barbara Chilcott ...
Mrs. Tannenbaum
Carol Lazare ...
Mignon Elkins ...
Mr. Bondy
Cleo Paskal ...
Rolland Bédard
Raymond Benoît
Bertrand Gagnon
Guy L'Ecuyer
E.M. Margolese


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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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

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ZaidaDavid Herman: [in a sing-song voice] Rags! Clothes! Bottles!
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Referenced in Lies (1976) See more »


Rags, Clothes, Bottles
Music and Lyrics by Sol Kaplan
Sung by Kenny Karen
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I saw this movie more than 20 years ago; it's beautiful.
18 April 1999 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Back in the 1970s, I played this movie at the Main Street Theatre, Flushing NY; which I was managing at the time. It did exceptional business in this predominantly jewish neighborhood, it also did well at other locations in the city. I loved it.

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