Play for Today: Season 7, Episode 1

Bar Mitzvah Boy (7 Mar. 1977)

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On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Steyn ...
Eliot Green
Maria Charles ...
Rita Green
Bernard Spear ...
Victor Green
Adrienne Posta ...
Lesley Green
Cyril Shaps ...
Grandad Wax
Jack Lynn ...
Rabbi Sherman
Pamela Manson ...
Sabina Michael ...
Salon Customer
Harry Landis ...
Harold Reese ...
Synagogue Warden
Robert Putt ...
Kim Clifford ...
Mark Herman ...


On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

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Cyril Shaps who played the maternal grandfather was only six years older than Maria Charles who played the mother. See more »

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One of the best summations of Jewish life ever put on celluloid
1 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I ran home in a hurricane-level rainstorm to be sure I got this on tape when it was re-run, alas, for the final time, on American television in the mid-1980s. And what's sadder is that the storm made most of it into screen dust. My parents, Ruth and Ted Levine, were still alive, back then, and they just ate this film up. It's a funny, poignant, and oddly transnational expression of the notion of Jewish life; and it contains what is, for me, still, one of the best short rabbinic speeches about the nature of G-d you will ever hear. I have truly never seen a short film capture better the nature of the Jewish family with its all short-comings and glories.

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