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Yentl (1983)

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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

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Reb Mendel 'Papa'
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Reb Alter Vishkower
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Shimmele
Ruth Goring ...
Esther Rachel
David de Keyser ...
Rabbi Zalman (as David De Keyser)
Bernard Spear ...
Tailor
Doreen Mantle ...
Mrs. Shaemen
Lynda Baron ...
Peshe (as Lynda Barron)
Jack Lynn ...
Bookseller
Anna Tzelniker ...
Mrs. Kovner
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Sarah
Mary Henry ...
Mrs. Jacobs
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Dramatization of "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy," by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991); originally published in Yiddish c. 1960, then in English c. 1983. The story: In an Ashkenazic shtetl in Poland, Yentl Mendel is the boyishly klutzy daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe ("Talmud Teacher") Mendel, who teaches Talmud (a codification of Jewish Law) to local boys - and to Yentl, but secretly because girls were not allowed to learn the law in those days. When her father dies, Yentl is all alone in the world. She takes the momentous decision to leave the village and - disguised as a boy and calling herself by the name of her late brother, Anshel - seeks and gets admitted to a Yeshiva, to study the texts, traditions, subtleties and complexities of Torah, Talmud, etc. She befriends Avigdor who is engaged to Haddas, but her family discovers his brother committed suicide so they call off the wedding (in case Avigdor possesses the same madness). Anshel then finds "him"-self in the awkward ... Written by Micheal McLoughlin

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Release Date:

6 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Йентл  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$30,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Barbra Streisand's feature film directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

When Yentl sings "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" her glasses are laid down in front of her. They have modern temple and ear pieces. In other scenes Yentl's glasses are the old-fashioned, wrap-around-the-ear-style glasses. See more »

Quotes

Yentl: If we don't have to hide my studying from God, then why from the neighbors?
Yentl's Father: Why? Because I trust God will understand. I'm not so sure about the neighbors.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits: This film is dedicated to my father... and to all our fathers. See more »

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Referenced in The Hebrew Hammer (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Someone Ever Look At Me That Way?
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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This is it!
27 February 2006 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Barbra Streisand is a master at work. I saw the movie last night and I was blown away, I enjoyed Barbra's other movie, The Mirror has Two Faces just as much. Barbra Streisand just won herself a new fan. Keep on keeping on girl! This movie is the same age as I, 23. And it is as much enjoyable today as I would think it was then. I am from South Africa and we don't get to see a lot of old movies, and I really enjoyed this one, I think it is a master piece. Barbra Streisand is a true diva, she got it all, the voice, the looks, the acting talent, the sense of humor, I like watching her in movies even more than some young actresses of our time. Make us proud.


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