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The Jazz Singer (1980)

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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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Eddie Gibbs
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Leo
James Booth ...
Paul Rossini
Luther Waters ...
Teddy
Oren Waters ...
Mel
Rod Gist ...
Timmy
Walter Janovitz ...
Rabbi Birnbaum (as Walter Janowitz)
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Aunt Tillie
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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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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 »

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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 »

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Bubba: Boom boom boom! I want more boom boom boom! I want more boom boom boom!
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My Name Is Yussel
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Words and Music by Neil Diamond
© 1980 Stonebridge Music
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I'm in shock
20 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Neil Diamond. I had always heard of this film, but never knew what it was about, what type of reviews it got... anything. So I Netflixed it this weekend, and I loved it. There were even times where I got choked up in parts.

So I came on here, saw the negative overall reviews, and was SHOCKED when I learned Neil won the Razzie Award for Worst Actor for this. I thought he did a very fine job. The story unfolded very nicely, the love story was genuine... I would say this film was even better than the "music" genre film Dreamgirls.

Sure it had it's glitches here and there, but for the most part I was very pleased.


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