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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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19 October 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Авалон  »

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$15,740,796 (USA)

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Krichinsky, the name of the family in "Avalon," is the maiden name of the mother of director Barry Levinson. 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 »


[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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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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Lyrics by Ray Evans
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A truly brilliant picture of the American Family
6 July 2001 | by (Deerfield Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

AVALON which is the third leg of the Baltimore Trilogy was unfortunately overlooked at Oscar time in 1990. It is a truly brilliant film written and directed by Barry Levinson.

It is about the evolution of the storyteller. Sam the head of the family comes to America in 1914 on the Fourth of July. It was a time when family meant something and those that came here first sent money back so that other family members could join them in the land of hope. Sam is the the family storyteller. He tells the family history to the children in hopes that they will always remember where they came from. As the years go by the family moves away from Avalon, the neighborhood that they first came to and the family begins to change. They move apart and splinter and the new technology known as the television becomes the storyteller. Thanksgivings which are the unifying holiday throughout the story begin with the family waiting for all of the brothers to arrive before "they cut the turkey" and proceeds through smaller family groups sitting at TV stands watching television and ends finally when grandson Michael, with his son visits Sam in a nursing home where the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade plays silently on the televison in Sam's room.

As the film concludes Michael, who is the embodiment of Barry Levinson in the tradition of the storyteller shares his grandfather's story with his son.

All of this backed by Randy Newman's haunting score one of the most fitting ever written for a film.

This is a must see.

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