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Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 December 1986 (USA)
Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to ... See full summary »

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Stacey Glick ...
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Blanche
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Jack
Brian Drillinger ...
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Frank Murphy
Bette Henritze ...
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Mr. Stroheim
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Alan Weeks ...
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Marilyn Cooper ...
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Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,957,943 (USA)
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Jason Alexander plays one of the men in the pool hall who con Stanley. On Broadway, he played the role of Stanley in the sequel to Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986), Broadway Bound (1992). See more »

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Eugene: You never told me? What was she like? Was she pretty? How old was she?
Stanley: Don't start in with me Eugene. Every time I get in trouble, I have to tell you what a naked girl looks like? Do me a favor; go in the bathroom, whack off and grow up by yourself!
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Followed by Broadway Bound (1992) See more »

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Written by Geoffrey Clarkson and Harry F. Clarkson
Performed by Mildred Bailey
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Raging hormones, nutty family, circa 1937
10 May 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a gently amusing coming-of-age comedy that comes from the later, more mature period of Neil Simon's writing. Although there are plenty of wisecracks to go around, this is not one of those Neil Simon pieces where every character spouts out one-liner jokes for 2 hours like they're guest stars on a Bob Hope special. There are also dramatic elements (some work, some are overkill) that lend some weight to the story.

The performances are good across the board, especially Blythe Danner as the mother (although she and Judith Ivey were oddly WASP-ish choices to play Jewish women). I've never been a fan of Jonathan Silverman, but I will say that he hits the right notes as the obnoxious, gawky, and totally horned-up teen-age narrator/protagonist of the story.

The movie is very similar in tone to Woody Allen's "Radio Days," but the latter is far more imaginative and funny than this one.


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