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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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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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Der Jazz-Sänger  »

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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 »

Goofs

Jess sings to an audience in California in the middle of the movie. At the end of the movie he is singing to an audience in New York (it is assumed from the progression of the film) and it is quite obviously the same audience and venue. A number of audience members are present in both scenes. There is a woman with glasses wearing a vest and white shirt, a man in the middle of the audience with a checked cap, and a large man having a great time down front clapping very excitedly. See more »

Quotes

Jess Robin: Jess, welcome to California.
Molly Bell: No, wait now! Welcome to California.
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Hine Mah Tove
Traditional Adaptation by Neil Diamond
Adaptation © 1980 Stonebridge Music
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A microcosm of a man in turmoil, facing a difficult choice...
20 June 2003 | by (CSRA, Georgia) – See all my reviews



Between his duties and responsibilities, and his dreams and love. For those who want to pick the movie apart, without looking inside the story it tells, skip this comment.

Given the choice between one's responsibility to family, parents, religion, tradition, and duty, or choosing love, dreams, goals, and the pursuit of happiness through following our heart, which choice would we make?

The movie tells a story of strength through failure, of living versus wasting away in a life spent pleasing others, and of giving our heart and our dreams sway over the path we take in life.


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