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Director:
Writers:
Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by)
Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death. See more »
Plot:
At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Intimate And Painful Portion Of Her Life See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jane Fonda ... Lillian

Vanessa Redgrave ... Julia

Jason Robards ... Hammett

Maximilian Schell ... Johann

Hal Holbrook ... Alan

Rosemary Murphy ... Dottie

Meryl Streep ... Anne Marie
Dora Doll ... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger

John Glover ... Sammy

Lisa Pelikan ... Young Julia
Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother
Maurice Denham ... Undertaker

Mark Metcalf ... Pratt

Gérard Buhr ... Passport Officer (as Gerard Buhr)
Stefan Gryff ... 'Hamlet'
Phillip Siegel ... Little Boy
Molly Urquhart ... Woman
Anthony Carrick ... Butler (as Antony Carrick)
Ann Queensberry ... Woman in Berlin Station
Edmond Bernard ... Man in Berlin Station
Jacques David ... Fat Man
Jacqueline Staup ... Woman in Green Hat
Hans Verner ... Vienna Concierge
Christian de Tillière ... Paris Concierge (as Christian De Tiliere)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lambert Wilson ... Walter Franz
Jacques Disses ... (uncredited)
Jim Kane ... Sardi (uncredited)
Don Koll ... First Nighter at Sardi's (uncredited)
Francis Lemaire ... Train Steward (uncredited)
Richard Marr ... Sardi Customer (uncredited)

Shane Rimmer ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Vincent Sardi Jr. ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by)

Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

Produced by
Julien Derode .... executive producer
Tom Pevsner .... associate producer
Richard Roth .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marcel Durham 
Walter Murch 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
Jenia Reissar 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Carmen Dillon 
Willy Holt 
 
Costume Design by
Anthea Sylbert (costumes designed by: principals')
 
Makeup Department
Bernadine M. Anderson .... makeup: Jane Fonda's (as Bernadine Anderson)
George Frost .... makeup
Ramon Gow .... hair styles
 
Production Management
Bill Kirby .... production manager
Jean-Pierre Spiri-Mercanton .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Bonnot .... assistant director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
Gerry Gavigan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Hodgkinson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Terry Madden .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Roger Wielgus .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pierre Charron .... set dresser
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
John Leuenberger .... property master
Pierre Roudeix .... property master
Tommy Bacon .... dressing props (uncredited)
Reg Bream .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Steve Cooper .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Bob Douglas .... props (uncredited)
Dennis Fruin .... dressing props (uncredited)
Bob Hedges .... props (uncredited)
Peter Hedges .... props (uncredited)
David Lusby .... production buyer (uncredited)
Kieron Mcnamara .... dressing props (uncredited)
Peter Sheilds .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bob Walker .... signwriter (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound mixer
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recordist
Bill Barringer .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Roy Birchley .... assistant dubbing editor (uncredited)
Peter Handford .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Archie Ludski .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sue Crosland .... stunt double: Lisa Pelican (uncredited)
Veronica Griffiths .... stunt double: Susan Jones (uncredited)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts (uncredited)
Dan Vieru .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Carey .... second unit photography (as Paddy Carey)
Guy Delattre .... second unit photography
Charles Lefèvre .... chief electrician
Barry Miller .... chief electrician
Brian Osborne .... chief grip
René Strasser .... chief grip (as Rene Strasser)
Robin Vidgeon .... camera assistant
Chic Waterson .... camera operator
John Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
John Harman .... electrician (uncredited)
Ray Snooks .... electrician (uncredited)
Hank Wilcox .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colette Baudot .... wardrobe supervisor: men
Joan Bridge .... wardrobe designer
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrobe designer
John Wilson-Apperson .... costume supervisor (as John Apperson)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ruth Knight .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Janet Lucas .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mick Monks .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Georges Delerue .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Peter R. Chittell .... unit car driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stanley Burridge .... production accountant
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Van Jones .... production assistant
Linda Allen .... secretary: M. Derode (uncredited)
Trudy Balen .... accounts secretary (uncredited)
Paul Chart .... production assistant (uncredited)
Claudia Fraser-Orr .... secretary: Mr. Zinnemann (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Barbara Harley .... publicity secretary (uncredited)
Carolyn Hicks-Beach .... secretary: Mr. Roth (uncredited)
Elizabeth Smith .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Indonesia:Dewasa | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG (PCA #24858)

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Trivia:
Early on, director Fred Zinnemann actually considered casting Meryl Streep in the title role. However, as Streep was almost totally unknown as an actress - she had only one play to her credit, and never appeared in a film - Zinnemann decided to cast Vanessa Redgrave instead.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The same locomotive is pulling the train from Berlin to Moscow even though it is a different train. In addition, a single steam locomotive would never have been used from Paris to Berlin, let alone Paris to Moscow.See more »
Quotes:
Johann:If you cannot do it, do not do it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Bye, Bye, BlackbirdSee more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
An Intimate And Painful Portion Of Her Life, 25 November 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The story of Julia is taken from Pentimento the second of three volumes of memoirs by American playwright Lillian Hellman. Hellman who was still alive at the time this film was made surely must have been flattered by what Jane Fonda and the rest of the cast did with an intimate and painful portion of her life.

Lillian Hellman was a radical and unorthodox character in her life and times. She was the first major American writer to bring a lesbian theme to the stage in The Children's Hour. What she gives us in Julia is a look at her life and how she was able to create the characters of Karen and Martha the schoolteachers from The Children's Hour.

In this story Karen and Martha are Jane Fonda as Lillian Hellman and Vanessa Redgrave as her most intimate friend Julia. Both are Jewish, but Redgrave is British and Hellman is American. Their destinies seeming to be fated for togetherness are driven apart as Julia decides to go to university in Vienna to study under Sigmund Freud.

But while Hellman struggles to create a play under the tutelage of lover and mentor Dashiell Hammett as played by Jason Robards, Jr., Julia gets herself involved in the anti-fascist activities in an Austria already preparing for Anschluss. While Hellman is visiting Julia sustains some very serious injuries during a Nazi inspired riot.

As the story continues Hellman meets great acclaim with her first major hit which turns out to be The Children's Hour, but her communications from Julia become more and more infrequent and somewhat bizarre. Then she's asked on another trip to smuggle money into the Third Reich to aid Julia and others fleeing Hitler's tyranny.

Director Fred Zinneman who was also a refugee from the Anschluss of Austria knew his subject well. He successfully transfers his memories and visions of a frightened people with good reason to be frightened. Fonda's American experience doesn't prepare her for this, but as Hellman she adapts to the environment well for her survival. Her budding celebrity no doubt helps insure her survival.

But the one you will remember is Vanessa Redgrave who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Julia. The last scene of her and Fonda together at a Berlin train stop café is no doubt what won her the Oscar. It will haunt you long after you've seen the film.

Julia won two other Oscars, one for Best Screenplay adapted from another source and Best Supporting Actor for Jason Robards, Jr. as Dashiell Hammett. Sharing sex, literature, and politics wasn't enough for the Hammett/Hellman duo, Robards as Hammett knows well that he runs second as will anyone else in Fonda's life to her lost Julia. But he's secure enough to realize it and enjoy what he has.

Maximilian Schell was also up for Best Supporting Actor in a small, but vital role as an anti-Nazi German who gives cryptic guiding instructions to Fonda on her last visit to Julia. It's through him that the fright of the opposition is seen mostly. Meryl Streep made her screen debut as an upper class snob of a friend that Fonda has and Strepp has a brother in John Glover. Glover specializes in portrayals of truly hateful people on the big and small screen. He confesses a breaking a major taboo to Fonda while drunk and then snickers at her relationship with Redgrave. Jane handles him appropriately.

Julia was also up for a flock of other Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director for Fred Zinneman and Best Actress for Jane Fonda. It's a beautiful and haunting film about Lillian Hellman writing from the heart about a lost love.

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