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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer.
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Did You Know?
once said of this movie whilst doing publicity for the film: "It was a unique experience to come up with songs that would comment on the film's storyline, yet not intrude on it. People constantly ask me why, with all my success, I find moviemaking so special. I believe that film is perhaps the greatest form of mass communication as well as an art form, fulfilling all the elements of people's fantasies, Besides, its a natural progression for most in the music business. Bing Crosby
did it, [Frank] Sinatra and Elvis [Presley] did it, John Denver
, Helen Reddy
, Bette Midler
, [Barbra] Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
have all done it - it's tricky and you have to be lucky, but the success rate is high. By making a movie we allow our music to reach countless millions around the world. It's a challenge combining all our performing elements. Without that challenge, we grow stale.". See more
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
I'm with Keith Lennox productions. Molly. Molly Bell. That's what they call me. My real name is a lot longer.
Oh. That's not bad.
Traditional Adaptation by Neil Diamond
and Uri Frenkel
Adaptation © 1980 Stonebridge Music See more