Avalon (1990)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  19 October 1990 (USA)
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A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Fuchs ...
Hymie Krichinsky
Dottie Kirk
Lou Jacobi ...
Gabriel Krichinsky
Sam Krichinsky
Ann Kaye
Eva Krichinsky
Izzy Kirk
Jules Kaye
Israel Rubinek ...
Nathan Krichinsky
Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt ...
Teddy Kirk
Mindy Loren Isenstein ...
Shifra Lerer ...
Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern ...
Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek ...
Faye Krichinsky


A Polish-Jewish family arrives in the US at the beginning of the century and they and their children try to build themselves a better future in the promised land. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Three generations of family. They shared a dream called America in a place called Avalon.




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Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Авалон  »

Box Office


$15,740,796 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This picture featured a number of scenes with Baltimore Transit Co. 7407, the only original Baltimore PCC streetcar that is still complete and in running condition. It was built by Pullman-Standard in 1944, and was the last PCC to run on the streets of Baltimore, on November 3, 1963. It was purchased by a Mr. John Engelman and presented to the Museum. It has since undergone two restorations; the second was performed in the old Carroll Park shops by the Maryland MTA and had been completed when Barry Levinson filmed "Avalon", which used 7407 for some night scenes and interior shots, but he had a wooden rubber-tired PCC replica built for the scenes on Baltimore streets, including the derailment scene. The replica was thereafter donated to the museum. See more »


Although the beginning of the picture is set in the late 1940s, the Christmas song "Silver Bells" is heard on Jules' car radio, sung by Bing Crosby. That version of the song was released in 1950. See more »


[first lines]
Sam Krichinsky: I came to America in 1914 - by way of Philadelphia. That's where I got off the boat. And then I came to Baltimore. It was the most beautiful place you ever seen in your life. There were lights everywhere! What lights they had! It was a celebration of lights! I thought they were for me, Sam, who was in America. Sam was in America! I didn't know what holiday it was, but there were lights. And I walked under them. The sky exploded, people cheered, there were fireworks! What a welcome ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over a photograph of Avalon, which begins as a sharp color photograph, but fades into a worn black-and-white picture at the end. See more »


Features The Aldrich Family (1949) See more »


It's a Big Wide Wonderful World
Written by John Rox
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Excellent ensemble cast and worthy script make this a must-see
26 December 2000 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This film has much to recommend it-set design, cinematography and so on- but what makes it truly shine is a marvelous script and an ensemble cast that almost uniformly turn in excellent work. The characters live and breathe and fair jump off the screen at the audience. You come to care about them, even the ones you don't like. It's an entrancing, riveting journey through the 20th century as it was lived by one family. Don't miss this one. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll even be nice to that cousin you can't stand or your daughter's current boyfriend,who you swear is from Pluto! Most exceedingly highly recommended!!!

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