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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988)

A young Jewish adolescent from an overbearing family likes a Christian girl and is helped by a fun-loving rabbi.

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Augustus Glick
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Henry Glick
Sharon Corder ...
Sarah Glick
Susan Douglas Rubes ...
Bryna Glick
Ken Zelig ...
Morris Moskover
Howard Jerome ...
Zelig Peikes
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Maximilian Glick
Alec McClure ...
Sandy Lubchuk
Matthew Ball ...
Sarge Sargent
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Derek Blackthorn
Joan Nakamoto ...
Shizuko Blackthorn
William Marantz ...
Rabbi Kaminsky
Casey Chisick ...
Bobby Rosenberg
Allan Stratton ...
Professor LaCoste
Rosalie Rudelier ...
Mrs. Rosenberg
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Maximilian Glick is an ordinary Jewish kid in a 1950's small town in Manitoba, Canada. Unfortunately, he is also saddled with overbearing parents, who are intent on railroading his life to meet their expectations of him. The most obvious examples are giving him a piano when he really wanted a bike and pushing him to study for his Bar Mitzfah. Unfortunately, both paths get bumpy when he is partnered with a Christian girl for duo piano playing. His prejudiced parents forbid Max to see her, and his rabbi is killed in an accident. That leads to the appointment of Rabbi Teitelman, an orthodox jew with a unorthodox fun loving look on life. Together, the two must find a way to fulfill their dreams and their own identities in a world that seems dead set against them doing that. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When Max was born they cut off his .... It's 13 years later, 1960, his BarMitzvah, and they're still at it!

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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

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$317,670 (USA)
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a sensitive and amusing coming-of-age story
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title character is a twelve-year old boy in a small Canadian prairie town awaiting his Bar Mitzvah, which according to Jewish Custom will make him a man in the eyes of God, But it isn't God he's worried about: his real problems are the cute (but Catholic) new girl in town, his suddenly overprotective parents, and a new Rabbi who seems more than a little bit crazy. It all adds up to a modest little movie perhaps too easy to find fault with, but none worth arguing about. Noam Zylberman as Max is forced to carry the entire film, a tough enough burden for even a veteran actor (which he obviously wasn't yet), especially with a script relying so heavily on voice-over narration and strained Jewish humor. But the film is rescued by Saul Rubinek's performance as the jubilant, half-mad Rabbi Teitelman, an orthodox Jew with some very unorthodox ambitions. His lively presence makes this something more than just a glorified made-for-TV movie.


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