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.
See more »
Did You Know?
replaced Sidney J. Furie
as director. Furie was originally hired to direct the movie. During the several weeks Furie directed the movie, he was constantly rewriting the screenplay, and Catlin Adams
during that time had no idea if her character was married to Neil Diamond
's character or not. Other scenes were ad-libbed on the spot without any idea where they would be placed. Furie refused to speak to any representatives from the production company (EMI) expressing concern about what was happening. Eventually, EMI threatened to close down the production if Furie did not sent them a completed screenplay within a week. Upon receiving the screenplay, EMI not only judged it to be bad (among other things, it eliminated the key "Kol Nidre" sequence), but that it would double the budget as well as the time originally scheduled for shooting. Subsequently, Furie was fired, having already shot 48 hours of often unusable footage, and Richard Fleischer
was contacted to salvage the project. See more
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
Jess, welcome to California.
No, wait now! Welcome to California.
Referenced in Ashes and Embers
My Name Is Yussel
Words and Music by Neil Diamond
© 1980 Stonebridge Music See more