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The Jazz Singer (1980)

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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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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
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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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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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His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer. See more »

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Der Jazz-Sänger  »

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$27,118,000 (USA)
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Laurence Olivier stated that he would be told to be on set at 8:30 in the morning although his scenes would not be shot until 4:30 or later in the afternoon. See more »

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When Molly gets in Eddie's car and has him listen to Love on the Rocks on her tape, she has Eddie turn the radio on and the volume up. The radio clearly has some kind of talk or news station playing and when Molly puts the cassette in, it locks down into the player like just about any tape deck would. However, when Eddie takes the tape out later, his arm motion clearly shows him pulling the tape out like an 8-track (no gesture of him pushing the eject button then taking it out) and the radio station doesn't come back on either. See more »

Quotes

Molly Bell: Pretend you don't know me.
Eddie Gibbs: Don't tell me Mr. Wonderful is back?
Molly Bell: And just in time for Zany's Autumn Special in New York.
Eddie Gibbs: Are you kidding? He walked out on Zany last year. The answer is no.
Molly Bell: One song, Eddie, that's all I'm asking.
Eddie Gibbs: No!
Molly Bell: You owe him!
Eddie Gibbs: He took a hike. Who remembers him?
Molly Bell: His album went gold.
Eddie Gibbs: A year ago.
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Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: The Jazz Singer (2009) See more »

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On the Robert E. Lee
Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Bécaud
© 1980 Stonebridge Music and EMA Suisse
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Saccharine fun that achieves what its supposed to!
27 August 2000 | by (LaGrange, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Sure, this movie has its fair share of saccharine moments and heavy dollops of schmaltz but it also works remarkably well as a tale of following one's dream and the sacrifices that litter the path towards achieving it. Neil Diamond is no Lawrence Olivier and it is a bit surreal to see his name billed above the late great actor but he's credible and he certainly doesn't embarrass himself. Olivier is the acting highlight here and imbues every scene he is in with passion and heartwrenching grace. There are several highly emotional moments to be found here in some well constructed and directed scenes designed to bring out the tears--and they do! Fans of Diamond's music will also find much to enjoy here as such schmaltz classics as "Love On The Rocks" and "Hello Again" compliment the drama remarkably well. Supporting actors Lucie Arnaz and Franklyn Ajaye are also game and put in solid performances. Also, if your looking for jazz look elsewhere as the only jazz reference is the name of a particular baby!! All in all this is old fashioned fun that should reward the viewer. Saccharine yes, but a movie that achieves its goal admirably.


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