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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 | tradition | star | singer | pop singer | 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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PG | See all certifications »
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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazz-Sänger  »

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$27,118,000 (USA)
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Sound Mixer Tom Overton said of the film's sound recording and four 24-track music recording machines: "People are too sophisticated today to sit through a movie filmed to play-back music. They want to hear what they see and that's the way we're doing it. Neil Diamond's songs and score sound just great. We're a hell of a way from those dear old Vitaphone days to which we all owe so much". See more »

Goofs

In New York at the end of the movie when Leo asks Jess to sing in his father's place, Molly and Jess argue at the piano. Both Jess and Molly are wearing wedding rings. Later that night when Jess goes to reconcile with his father he is no longer wearing a wedding ring. See more »

Quotes

Keith Lennox: Thank you. That was, um, very nice. Now why don't you just piss off and take those four clowns with you.
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Version of The Jazz Singer (1952) See more »

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Adon Olom
Traditional Adaptation by Neil Diamond and Uri Frenkel (as Uri Frenkel)
Adaptation © 1980 Stonebridge Music
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Infamous flop
8 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dreadful piece of tripe was a career low point for all involved. Although I heard she is good on stage, a medium whose best performers often can not transition to pictures, Lucie Arnaz just did not possess the magnetism to be a film star. She's bland and uninteresting but even with that she still gives the best performance in the movie! Neil Diamond is a fine singer but as this movie proved his gifts did not reach to acting competency. The great Laurence Olivier sinks right along with the rest by giving a ham-hock of a performance, perhaps his worst ever. Badly directed and antiquated even when shot originally in the twenties this is a total miss.


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