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The Jazz Singer (1980)

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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of being a pop 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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M.C. Cinderella Club
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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 in popular music. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, Yussel travels to California to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a woman 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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jewish | tradition | star | singer | pop singer | See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazz-Sänger  »

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$27,118,000 (USA)
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According to the DVD sleeve notes, Producer Jerry Leider "knew he would have to keep the powerful emotions from the original The Jazz Singer (1927)] and at the same time provided audiences with a contemporary story. Many changes were made to the script [i.e. the original story]". See more »

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When Jesse's father visits him in California and gets out of the cab watch the female roller skater bouncing the huge ball on the walk in the background. She falls flat on her face. See more »

Quotes

M.C. at Cinderella Club: No! No everybody! That ain't no brother! That's a white boy!
People in crowd: What?
M.C. at Cinderella Club: Get off the stage!
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Havah Nagilah
Traditional Adaptation by Neil Diamond
Adaptation © 1980 Stonebridge Music
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Infamous flop
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dreadful piece of tripe was a career low point for all involved. Although I heard she is good on stage, a medium whose best performers often can not transition to pictures, Lucie Arnaz just did not possess the magnetism to be a film star. She's bland and uninteresting but even with that she still gives the best performance in the movie! Neil Diamond is a fine singer but as this movie proved his gifts did not reach to acting competency. The great Laurence Olivier sinks right along with the rest by giving a ham-hock of a performance, perhaps his worst ever. Badly directed and antiquated even when shot originally in the twenties this is a total miss.


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