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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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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 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 | singer | star | pop singer | remake | See more »

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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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Drama | Music | Romance

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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The Jazz Singer  »

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$27,118,000 (USA)
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Trivia

In the five versions of "The Jazz Singer", the character played by Neil Diamond has been known as Jack Robin, Jerry Golding, Jess Robin, Joey Rabinowitz and Yussel Rabinovitch. See more »

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When Jess' father comes to visit him in California and they walk into the apartment, Jess never shuts the door completely. Later when Molly comes home, we hear the sound of the door opening. See more »

Quotes

Yussel Rabinovitch: He's just kidding around, right?
Molly Bell: No, they're doing it for real.
Yussel Rabinovitch: This song's supposed to be a ballad.
Paul Rossini: That's his style, mister. Made him a millionaire.
Yussel Rabinovitch: Yeah, but the thing is it's too fast. You can't hear the words.
Paul Rossini: Yeah, that's why we brought you down here. He changed the tempo. You got to change the lyrics.
Keith Lennox: Hold it! HOLD IIIIIIIIIIT! What are you playing? I told you three... how many times... Three times I've told you, it's too slow! Don't you understand, it's too slow. I want it faster, ...
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Soundtracks

Amazed And Confused
Music by Neil Diamond and Richard Bennett
Words by Neil Diamond
© 1980 Stonebridge Music
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Not even the music...
5 December 2006 | by (Mexico City) – See all my reviews

This is a terrible movie. Neil Diamond can't act... Laurence Olivier was just looking to make a quick buck... The plot is just too predictable and trite... But worst of all, the music doesn't work. How can we believe this Yussuf character has any talent at all (let alone reaches stardom) when the songs are all so... BLEAH? Don't get me wrong. I love a lot of Diamond's '70s classics. But the songs in this movie don't even come close. It would have been a far more interesting movie as a true-life biopic of Diamond's own story (with himself in the starring role if we must), and with songs such as 'I am, I Said' and 'Daydream Believer' on the soundtrack.


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