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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:
"I still carry too much" See more (42 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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
During the casting process, both Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave's names were mentioned as possible stars for the film. The producers initially vetoed both actresses on the advice of the publicity department, fearing that the absolute worst option would be to cast Fonda and Redgrave, both of whom were known for their outspoken political beliefs, in a film together. In the end, of course, both actresses were cast and the film went on to great critical and box office success.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During a sailing shot, as the boat containing Julia and Lilian tracks away from the camera, the gunnel of the boat containing the camera crew is clearly visible for an instant in the lower left of the frame.See more »
Quotes:
Dottie:Way down deep he's very superficial.See more »
Soundtrack:
Bye, Bye, BlackbirdSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
"I still carry too much", 13 October 2011
Author: Steffi_P from Ruritania

The great thing about the more liberated cinema we got in the 60s and 70s, was not just that it could be more frank about sex, violence and the like, but that stories of a bleaker nature could be told without the need for a cosy happy ending. Not that the glee and glamour of classic Hollywood is something I disapprove of – far from it – but cinema, like all things, needs a bit of the darkness to make the light worthwhile. With this adaptation of Lillian Hellmond's semi-fictional memoir, we have one of the rare masterpieces of harrowing cinema.

To make something like this work, you need a really superlative cast, and fortunately Julia features some of the best of their era. Jane Fonda is one of those performers who just has such an effortless realism about her. She gives an impression that she is really living that life, more convincingly than the finest method actors, and yet she is also as captivating as the most theatrical of players. Maximilian Schell gives a short but memorable performance, putting on an act of tender shyness, beneath which lies a real sense of urgency. Jason Robards gives a kind of stable anchor to the movie, confidently playing the one major character slightly to one side of events. Vanessa Redgrave gives a delightfully mysterious turn, with this continual eager, earnest look in her eyes, as if she is perpetually on the brink of laughter or tears. And this is very apt for a picture of such uncertainty and emotional turmoil.

This was one of the final pictures of director Fred Zinnemann, an old pro whose quiet, thoughtful style had survived amid the new generation of filmmakers. And he shows the benefit of years of experience. Never afraid to break the cinematic conventions, Zinnemann opens the first flashback with three close-ups, the young Julia, the young Lily and then a profile of Julia's grandmother. This odd sequence of shots nevertheless engages us instantly, impressing the characters upon us and, with the shot of the grandmother, giving us a hint of her character and the context these girls are in. In contrast with those heartfelt close-ups, at other times his camera is agonizingly far from the action. When Fonda visits Julia at the hospital, the camera stays at the foot-end of the bed, refusing to give us a closer shot of Redgrave – as would be conventional. Zinnemann is also very good at covertly planting a thought in our heads with something that looks innocuous. For example, when Fonda wakes up and notices Julia is gone, a soldier walks across the shot, giving us the idea that perhaps something sinister is going on, without actually stating anything.

But none of this would be anything without the right story. Hellmand's work, adapted for the screen by Alvin Sargent, is simply exquisite. The flashback structure, so often a cliché, does not just serve to give the story background, it supports the main line of narrative. Lily's reminiscences have such passion and life that it seems Julia is saved through them, as if past and present could almost co-exist. Julia is a story of devastating effect on many levels. It is the telling of a horrendous chapter of history on a most personal, intimate level, a painful tale of loss and regret, and yet also one of the most moving studies of love and friendship ever created.

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