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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  »

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$15,740,796 (USA)

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Barry Levinson:  [Ralph Tabakin]  Ralph (Principal Dunn) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999). See more »


Armin Mueller-Stahl (who plays Sam Krichinsky) has hazel eyes, while the actor playing him as a younger man (Michael Krauss) has brown eyes. 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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Less-than-nostalgic slice of Americana
27 February 2003 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

AVALON (1990) **** Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Kevin Pollak, Joan Plowright, Lou Jacobi, Elijah Wood, Leo Fuchs. Barry Levinson's personal masterpiece, loosely autobiographical, on family values. Absolutely charming and at times poignant account of the Krachinsky clan, spanning four generations of the Baltimore based Jewish immigrants, and the effects of suburbia, television and the decline of the closeness of American families at large. Wonderful ensemble of talent with a steadily paced and absorbing calmness in tone. Stahl gives a sterling endeavor as does young Wood as his wide-eyed grandson. Loving valentine for all families perfectly realized. Great production design and cinematography.

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