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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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Drama | Music | Romance

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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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Trivia

Richard Fleischer 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 »

Goofs

When Jess first sits down to write Love on the Rocks in his bathrobe there is a menorah on the table near a beer can. The next shot of the table a minute later reveals the menorah is gone and the beer can is turned. See more »

Quotes

Yussel Rabinovitch: Leo, why don't you go ask Tillie to dance
Leo: I'm resting
Yussel Rabinovitch: Just go ask her to dance, please
Leo: There's no music
Yussel Rabinovitch: Leo please! Go ask Tillie to dance!
Leo: I'll dance
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Summerlove
Words and Music by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Bécaud (as Gilbert Becaud)
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Tom Hensley
© 1980 Stonebridge Music and EMA Suisse
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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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