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
Three generations of family. They shared a dream called America in a place called Avalon.
Did You Know?
Some of Barry Levinson
's relatives appear in the scene of Eva's funeral, which is based on the funeral of his own grandmother. When he started directing them, one of his cousins said, "Barry, we know what to do - we did this once before already." See more
When Baltimore's Bromo-Seltzer clock tower is shown at the movie's opening, that 1914 depiction omits the brightly-lit 51-foot tall blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle that had adorned the top of the tower from 1911 through 1936. Descriptions from the time period report the blue glow could be seen from miles around. The oversight is particularly notable because the film's concurrent narration mentions the city's bright lights. See more
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 ...
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
I'll Dance at Your Wedding
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Herb Magidson
Performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra
with Buddy Clark
Courtesy of CBS Records, Music Licensing Department See more