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Avalon (1990)

 -  Drama  -  5 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Fuchs ...
Hymie Krichinsky
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Dottie Kirk
Lou Jacobi ...
Gabriel Krichinsky
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Sam Krichinsky
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Ann Kaye
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Eva Krichinsky
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Izzy Kirk
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Jules Kaye
Israel Rubinek ...
Nathan Krichinsky
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Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt ...
Teddy Kirk
Mindy Loren Isenstein ...
Shifra Lerer ...
Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern ...
Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek ...
Faye Krichinsky
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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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5 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drømmen om Amerika  »

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$15,740,796 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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[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 »

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Silver Bells
Music by Jay Livingston
Lyrics by Ray Evans
Performed by Bing Crosby & Carol Richards
Courtesy of MCA Records
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The best family film of the '90's, bar none!
7 October 1999 | by (Cherry Hill, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

If you want a film that celebrates a way of life that's almost gone, that's well-acted in every department, and that gives you a major case of the warm fuzzies in a way the movies seem to have forgotten how to, Barry Levinson's "Avalon" is definitely it.

First, let's examine the cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Elijah Wood (some ten years pre-"LOTR"), Joan Plowright and Lou Jacobi ("Time to make the donuts!") all give fine, understated performances. Mueller-Stahl, in particular, is the sort of gentle, old-world grandfather anyone might have wished for.

But, as I said earlier, what this film is mainly about is a loving salute to a way of life that's almost gone. As a second generation American growing up in New York, what strikes me about "Avalon" is how real it all is, especially if you grew up in this era, as I did. Young Michael Kaye might have been myself in many ways. And a recent family reunion brought this feeling all back again.

A Wonderful, warm movie. See it!


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