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Crossing Delancey (1988)

A Manhattan single meets a man through her Jewish grandmother's matchmaker.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Posner
Reizl Bozyk ...
Anton Maes
George Martin ...
Claudia Silver ...
Cecilia Monk
Mark (as David Pierce)
Pauline Swift
Suzzy Roche ...
Marilyn Cohen
Myla Bondy


Isabelle's life revolves around the New York bookshop she works in and the intellectual friends of both sexes she meets there. Her grandmother remains less than impressed and decides to hire a good old-fashioned Jewish matchmaker to help Isabelle's love-life along. Enter pickle-maker Sam who immediately takes to Isabelle. She however is irritated by the whole business, at least to start with. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A funny movie about getting serious.


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

16 September 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Izzy et Sam  »

Box Office


$16,262,415 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Reizl Bozyk's only English-language film. She was a leading actress in Yiddish theater for many years. See more »


[first lines]
Anton Maes: [People are arriving at an event at a book store. There are sounds of employees greeting them, checking them in, serving champagne. Izzy is collecting empty plastic cups and napkins. She sees a woman put a book from the shelf in her bag, and deftly removes and replaces it. Anton is watching her from across the nook and motions her over. Their eyes lock as she approaches] So, you won't be out of a job.
[He plunks down his cup on her tray]
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Performed by Run-D.M.C.
Written by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Larry Smith
Courtesy of Profile Records, Inc.
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Charming story, charming stars
29 March 2005 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Izzy (Amy Irving) is a talented bookstore employee in New York City. Although it is a low paying position, she rubs elbows with some of the finest writers in the country, by setting up book talks. Despite her success, she is in her thirties and is not married. Izzy is fine with this but her Jewish grandmother is appalled that her sweet relative does not have a husband. Therefore, grandmother arranges for a matchmaker to search out some candidates for Izzy. The first one is a pickle vendor! What was grandma thinking?

This film, set partly in an old, traditional Jewish neighborhood in Manhattan, is a movie fan's delight. Irving, charming and pretty, sails right through her role with absolute believability. The rest of the cast is just perfect, including an early role for David Hyde Pierce. What a wonder, also, to get a glimpse of a preserved neighborhood, where time moves slowly. Those who adore romantic comedies must not put a viewing of this movie off any longer. Try catching it at the library or video store today.

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