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The Jazz Singer (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  19 December 1980 (USA)
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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jess Robin / Yussel Rabinovitch
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Molly Bell
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Rivka Rabinovitch
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Bubba
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Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar ...
Eddie Gibbs
Mike Kellin ...
Leo
James Booth ...
Paul Rossini
Luther Waters ...
Teddy
Oren Waters ...
Mel
Rod Gist ...
Timmy
Walter Janovitz ...
Rabbi Birnbaum (as Walter Janowitz)
Janet Brandt ...
Aunt Tillie
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Storyline

Neil Diamond stars in this motion picture as Yussel Rabinovitch, a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career outside the synagogue in popular music as Jess Robin. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, Yussel travels from New York City to Los Angeles to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a spunky manager who believes in his talent and shares his dream. He grows apart from his family, and becomes confused about what he should ultimately do with his life. Written by Ted Kula <tkula@cs.wvu.edu>

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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$27,118,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Actor Neil Diamond, like actor Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1927) original, is seen in "blackface" in this film, but not to the same extent. Considered offensive and racist by modern contemporary standards today [as of June 2013], the existence of "blackface" in one scene in this movie, where Diamond also wears an afro wig, the "blackface" was considered a "homage" by the production to the original's famous "Mammy" sequence. The original 1927 film was made during an era when the "Black-and-white Minstrels" which were, at that time, a popular act at the height of popularity. See more »

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When Jess first sits down to write Love on the Rocks in his bathrobe there is a menorah on the table near a beer can. The next shot of the table a minute later reveals the menorah is gone and the beer can is turned. See more »

Quotes

Jess Robin: Hello?
Bubba: So how's my favorite white man?
Jess Robin: Bubba! How's L.A.? You still working on your tan?
Bubba: [laughs] Every day, Jess, every day.
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Shabbat Shalom
Words - Traditional
Music by Uri Frenkel
© 1980 Frogking Music
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I'm in shock
20 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Neil Diamond. I had always heard of this film, but never knew what it was about, what type of reviews it got... anything. So I Netflixed it this weekend, and I loved it. There were even times where I got choked up in parts.

So I came on here, saw the negative overall reviews, and was SHOCKED when I learned Neil won the Razzie Award for Worst Actor for this. I thought he did a very fine job. The story unfolded very nicely, the love story was genuine... I would say this film was even better than the "music" genre film Dreamgirls.

Sure it had it's glitches here and there, but for the most part I was very pleased.


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