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Joshua Then and Now (1985)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 September 1985 (USA)
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Based on a novel by Mordecai Richler, allegedly his autobiography, it tells the story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life.

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Joshua Shapiro
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Pauline Shapiro
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Reuben Shapiro
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Kevin Hornby
Linda Sorensen ...
Esther Shapiro
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Jack Trimble
Ken Campbell ...
Sidney Murdoch
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Jane Trimble
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Senator Hornby
Eric Kimmel ...
Young Joshua Shapiro
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Seymour Kaplan
Yuval Kernerman ...
Young Seymour Kaplan
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Colin Fraser
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Dr. Jonathan Cole
Paul Hecht ...
Eli Seligson
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Based on a novel by Mordecai Richler, allegedly his autobiography, it tells the story of a Jewish writer, from his life as a young boy in Montreal to his more complicated grown-up life. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Some men rise to greatness because of their upbringing. Joshua did it in spite of his.

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20 September 1985 (USA)  »

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Eine Liebe in Montreal  »

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CAD 10,940,000 (estimated)
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Alternate versions: Co-produced by the Canadian National Broadcaster CBC, Joshua Then & Now was aired as a four-hour miniseries, with many scenes and subplots not included in the theatrical version. See more »

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A Must For Any Collection
20 January 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

My wife and I saw this movie just because the video recorder was on the wrong station when it started recording. We saw who was in it, and decided to give it a shot. What a pleasant surprise this movie turned out to be.

Woods is masterful as he plays the sardonic Joshua, the son of a stripper/hooker and an x boxer on the run from the mob or the cops or both. (Arkin) Alan Arkin is just amazing in this part. If you like him, you have to see him teaching his young son about politics, the Jewish faith and the female anatomy. The pool room scene will kill you! Joshua's mom, Linda Sorenson, always in competition with his beloved Father for Josua's affection, throws one of the greatest birthday for Joshua any kid could hope for. A total hoot.

The story follows young Josh and his buddies into their adult lives. As you would imagine, they take different paths. One becomes a doctor. One a wine snob. Josh meets the girl of his dreams and marries her. (Beautiful Gabrielle Lazur.) In classic "Romeo and Juliet" fashion, they are from two different worlds. But in this case, the adversity has a slightly more comedic ending.

I LOVE this film. Settig the VCR to the wrong station that day was one of the best things I've ever done!!!


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