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Yentl (1983)

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

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Reb Alter Vishkower
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Ruth Goring ...
Esther Rachel Vishkower
David de Keyser ...
Rabbi Zalman (as David De Keyser)
Bernard Spear ...
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Mrs. Shaemen
Lynda Baron ...
Peshe (as Lynda Barron)
Jack Lynn ...
Anna Tzelniker ...
Mrs. Kovner
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Sarah
Mary Henry ...
Mrs. Jacobs
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Storyline

Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Written by grantss

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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6 January 1984 (USA)  »

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Йентл  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,768, 20 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,218,899
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg called the film "the best directorial debut since Citizen Kane (1941)". See more »

Goofs

Anshel's suit coat is buttoned as if it were a woman's coat. It's not a flipped shot; Avigdor is wearing a man's coat in the same frame. See more »

Quotes

Avigdor: I can't believe this, I'm arguing with a woman!
Yentl: It's not the first time.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way?
(uncredited)
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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Oy!
6 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

Another abominably self-indulgent monstrosity from the empress of unabashed kitsch and narcissism. What in the world is "The Nails" thinking when she picks these little projects for herself? And why does she have to direct, act, write, sing, do the costumes, the catering and the gaffing? Does she know any limits? No! Which is why this movie has nothing to do with the original story. Instead, it has everything to do with what Streisand hallucinates she is (young, beautiful, greater than female and male combined, limitless) and what she hallucinates the world is about (glory, triumph and more glory). But who cares. I just hope she can keep me laughing, because these turkeys she bakes are so preposterously hilarious there's nothing to match them in the laughs department.


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