At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

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This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by Jwelch5742

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Fred Zinnemann has directed several films about personal courage. Gary Cooper in "High Noon". Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity." Marlon Brando in "The Men." Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story." Paul Scofield in "A Man for All Seasons." and now Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in "Julia." See more »

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20 January 1978 (West Germany)  »

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$7,840,000 (estimated)
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Jack Nicholson was offered the role of Dashiell Hammett, and was actually keen to take it. Fred Zinnemann later retracted the offer, however, when he felt put off by the amount of time it was taking Nicholson to read the script - just under a week. See more »

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At the beginning of the film a calendar is seen showing the time as June, 1934. Yet months later, when Lillian is in Europe and reads about the riots which lead to an injury of her friend Julia, the American newspaper she reads has a date of Feb.,1934. See more »

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Johann: If you cannot do it, do not do it.
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Night and Day
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Fonda, Redgrave, Streep!
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Julia (1977) Starring Jane Fonda as playwright Lillian Hellman and Vanessa Redgrave (controversially winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar) as a longtime childhood friend. Meryl makes the most of her miniscule part as an upper-class snob acquaintance of Ms. Fonda's. Basically it's a story of a friendship. Redgrave's character, born into privilege, becomes part of the Resistance movement in World War II torn Europe while Fonda fights her own political battles in America while becoming a famous playwright.

The story focuses on an episode near the end of the friends' lives, when Fonda goes to Europe to visit Redgrave, now completely consumed in underground resistance activities and (summoning up bravery of her own) smuggles in money to support the underground movement.

The movie succeeds on several levels. The cinematography, though shot in color, successfully evokes a world of muddied browns, shadows and murkiness. The screenplay, based on Hellman's own memoir is translated well, capitalizing on Hellman's unique talent for imbuing simple moments with heroic significance. The personal drama of the friendship is heightened against the intrigue and always threatening possibilities of war.

Julia provides a rare opportunity to see two female characters conducting their lives not as appendages of men, but as independent protagonists. Furthermore, social relationships, both on a personal and political level, are presented, for a change, from a woman's point of view. Though not a Streep showcase, it is a compelling movie that will haunt you.


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