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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer.
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Did You Know?
After the movie was finished, Laurence Olivier
went to New York for a short time, and had dinner in a restaurant with friends. During the dinner, he recalled to his friends something he said about the movie while Furie was still directing: "This piss is shit." Olivier later said a reporter must have been at the table next to his, because the next day the New York Daily News reported what he said (though with both vulgar words changed to cleaner derogatory words). This news soon spread completely across the country, and with threats of lawsuits in the air, Olivier quickly made a statement to the press claiming that in the end the movie had been made well and that he totally supported it. Olivier also wrote a handwritten ten-page letter to Richard Fleischer
, not only apologizing for the restaurant incident, but also indirectly giving an explanation as to why he was making so many movies strictly for the money. See more
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
You overlook the beach?
Sometimes, the rent.
Traditional Adaptation by Neil Diamond
Adaptation © 1980 Stonebridge Music See more