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The Jazz Singer -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Samson Raphaelson (play)
Herbert Baker (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
His story will make you cry. His music will make you sing. His triumph will make you cheer. See more »
Plot:
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of being a pop singer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Jazz Singer-When Accommodations Were Made ***1/2 See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Neil Diamond ... Jess Robin / Yussel Rabinovitch

Laurence Olivier ... Cantor Rabinovitch

Lucie Arnaz ... Molly Bell

Catlin Adams ... Rivka Rabinovitch

Franklyn Ajaye ... Bubba

Paul Nicholas ... 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

John Witherspoon ... M.C. Cinderella Club

Dale Robinette ... Tommy
David Coburn ... Bar Mitzvah Boy
Judy Gibson ... Peg
Hank Garrett ... Police Sergeant

Ernie Hudson ... Heckler

James Karen ... Barney Callahan
Tim Herbert ... Technician #1
Edward Jahnke ... Guard (as Ed Jahnke)
Hugh Gillin ... Texas Bartender

Jill Jaress ... Cowgirl
Victor Paul ... Irate Driver
Uri Frenkel ... The Cantor (as Cantor Uri Frenkel)
Rex Cutter ... Semi Driver

Michael Pasternak ... Zany Gray (as Mike Pasternak)

Sandy Helberg ... Sound Engineer

Brion James ... Man in Bar
Douglas Nigh ... Technician #2
Patrick Stansfield ... Stage Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steve Dash ... Policeman
Lev Liberman ... Boots (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Samson Raphaelson (play)

Herbert Baker (screenplay)

Stephen H. Foreman (adaptation)

Produced by
Jerry Leider .... producer
Joel Morwood .... associate producer
Martin Wiviott .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Maury Winetrobe 
 
Casting by
Harriet B. Helberg 
 
Production Design by
Harry Horner 
 
Art Direction by
Spencer Deverell  (as Spencer Deverill)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert De Vestel  (as Robert de Vestel)
Ruby R. Levitt  (as Ruby Levitt)
 
Costume Design by
Albert Wolsky 
 
Makeup Department
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist
Jerry Kerns .... hair stylist: Neil Diamond
Christine Lee .... hair stylist
B.J. Pardo .... hair designer: Lucie Arnaz
Daniel C. Striepeke .... makeup artist (as Dan Striepeke)
 
Production Management
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... executive production manager
Patrick Stansfield .... concert production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alice Blanchard .... second assistant director
Jack Clinton .... second assistant director
John Eyler .... second assistant director
James Turley .... assistant director
Robert Webb .... assistant director (as Robert M. Webb)
 
Art Department
Leamon Adams .... lead man
Wilbur Finks .... lead man
Arthur Gelb .... graphic designer
Carmine Goglia .... stand-by painter
Christopher Horner .... set designer
David Kirschner .... logo designer
Mark Poll .... set designer
John J. Rutchland III .... construction coordinator
V.R. Bud Shelton .... property master (as Vincent 'Bud' Shelton)
Alan Sims .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Bill W. Benton .... sound assistant engineer (as Bill Benton)
David Bianco .... sound assistant engineer
Andy Bloch .... sound designer
Jack Crymes .... technical assistance
Mark Eshelman .... sound assistant engineer
Bob Gaudio .... sound supervisor
David Hawkins .... sound editor
Ron Hitchcock .... sound designer
Dennis Jones .... boom
Jack Kirschner .... sound editor
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Stan Miller .... concert and playback sound (as Stan R. Miller)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist
Tom Overton .... production sound mixer (as T.G. Overton)
James A. Sandweiss .... sound assistant engineer (as Jim Sandweiss)
Paul Sandweiss .... sound assistant engineer
Jack Schrader .... sound editor
William L. Stevenson .... supervising sound editor
John Taylor .... concert and playback sound
Elliot Tyson .... adr mixer
Bill Varney .... sound re-recording mixer
Ron Hitchcock .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lambert Powell .... special effects
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator
 
Stunts
John Ashby .... stunts
Chris Howell .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Barbier .... still photographer (as Laurence L. Barbier)
Howard Block .... camera operator
Alfred Budniak .... best boy
James Chaisty .... electrician
James F. Cornick .... electrician
Don Duffield .... key grip
Jake Jarrell .... gaffer (as Jacob Jarrell)
Michael J. Krones .... concert lighting team
Marilyn Lowry .... concert lighting team
Owen Marsh .... camera operator
Bill Masten .... assistant camera (as William N. Masten)
Tom May .... second grip
Tom D. May .... second grip
Benny McNulty .... best boy (as Bernard McNulty)
Douglas L. Pope .... concert lighting team
Herb Roberts .... camera operator (as Herbert C. Roberts)
Mike Tapp .... dolly grip
Rick Tschudin .... assistant camera (as Rich Tschudin)
Ronald Vidor .... Steadicam operator
Jonathan West .... additional camera operator
 
Casting Department
Janice Spitzer .... extras casting (as Jan Spitzer)
Peter Spitzer .... extras casting
Bryan Buchanan .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bruce Ericksen .... costumer: men
Peggy Thorin .... costumer: women (as Margaret Thorin)
James W. Tyson .... costumer: men
Bill Whitten .... wardrobe designer: Neil Diamond
 
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Derek Brechin .... assistant editor (as Derek G. Brechin)
Mark Eggenweiler .... assistant editor
Dennis E. Lew .... assistant editor
Eric A. Sears .... assistant editor
Alec Smight .... apprentice editor
Frank J. Urioste .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Andy Bloch .... music recording mixer: remote
Vince Charles .... musician: percussion/steel drums (with The Neil Diamond Band)
King Errisson .... musician: percussion (with The Neil Diamond Band)
Bob Gaudio .... music producer
Tom Hensley .... conductor
Tom Hensley .... musician: keyboards, with The Neil Diamond Band
Ron Hitchcock .... music mixer
Linda Press .... vocals (with The Neil Diamond Band)
Reinie Press .... musician: bass (with The Neil Diamond Band)
Doug Rhone .... music collaborator
Doug Rhone .... musician: guitar, with The Neil Diamond Band
John Rosenberg .... music contractor
William Saracino .... supervising music editor
Marston Smith .... musician: cello
Dennis St. John .... musical director
Dennis St. John .... musician: drums, with The Neil Diamond Band
John Michael Weaver .... assistant recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver
E.O. Braden .... transportation
 
Other crew
Lea Andrews .... production coordinator
Kathy Breen .... assistant to director
Barry Cardinael .... equipment manager
Harry Clein .... unit publicist
Sam Cole .... crew chief
Chris Coles .... coordinator: New York
Kimberley Coy .... unit publicist
Debbie Eisen .... production assistant
Sonny P. Filippini .... script supervisor (as Sonny Filippini)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Uri Frenkel .... technical advisor (as Cantor Uri Frenkel)
Harriet Greenberg .... assistant to producer
Carin I. Gronhagen .... assistant production controller
Beatrice E. Marks .... assistant: Bob Gaudio
Donald McKayle .... choreographer (as Don McKayle)
Terry Merchant .... equipment manager
Tom Mooney .... road manager
Jerry Murphy .... road manager
Burt Nodella .... production executive
Matt Nodella .... location manager (as Matthew Nodella)
David Oliver .... title designer
Joe Olshan .... production assistant
Victor T. Salant .... production controller
Gary Schilz .... production assistant
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse
Vincent Staraci .... production assistant
Clayton Townsend .... location assistant
Walt Von Hauffe .... marketing coordinator
Alison Zanetos .... assistant: Mr. Diamond
 
Thanks
Max Gordon .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage by
Sam Harris .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage in association with (as Sam H. Harris)
Albert Lewis .... acknowledgment: produced on the stage by
 

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Runtime:
115 min
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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 »
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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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Jazz Singer-When Accommodations Were Made ***1/2, 17 February 2008
Author: edwagreen from United States

Wonderful version of a cantor's son in conflict over his orthodox Jewish beliefs and his desire to be a singing star.

The only major flaw that I had with this film is that by the orthodox Jewish people, there is no accommodation made whatsoever in the field of intermarriage. If it occurs, the person intermarrying is regarded as dead as depicted in the film.

Caitlin Adams, who portrayed Jesse's wife Rivka, is true to life since she chose to break with her husband due to her orthodox beliefs. Others might argue that their marriage was headed towards a downward spiral anyway.

Laurence Olivier is absolutely mesmerizing as Diamond's father. His authentic Jewish accent and tearing his clothes are memorable.

Diamond's voice is superb and is acting is on par for the role. "Love on the Rocks," as well as "Acapulco," and "Coming to America" are wonderfully staged.

In the world of today, we need understanding and accommodation and that's exactly what we get in this fine film.

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