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Avalon -- A Jewish family comes to USA at the beginning of the century and they and their children try to make themselves a better future in the promised land.
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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Barry Levinson (written by)
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Release Date:
19 October 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Three generations of family. They shared a dream called America in a place called Avalon.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Less-than-nostalgic slice of Americana See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Leo Fuchs ... Hymie Krichinsky

Eve Gordon ... Dottie Kirk
Lou Jacobi ... Gabriel Krichinsky

Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Sam Krichinsky

Elizabeth Perkins ... Ann Kaye

Joan Plowright ... Eva Krichinsky

Kevin Pollak ... Izzy Kirk

Aidan Quinn ... Jules Kaye
Israel Rubinek ... Nathan Krichinsky

Elijah Wood ... Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt ... Teddy Kirk
Mindy Loren Isenstein ... Mindy Kirk
Shifra Lerer ... Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern ... Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek ... Faye Krichinsky
Neil Kirk ... Herbie

Ronald Guttman ... Simka
Rachel Aviva ... Elka
Sylvia Weinberg ... Mrs. Parkes
Ralph Tabakin ... Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson ... Moving Man
Miles A. Perman ... Gas Attendant
Beatrice Yoffe ... Nursing Home Receptionist
Brian Sher ... Country Club Page
Frank Tamburo ... Mugger
Patrick Flynn ... Fire Chief
Herb Levinson ... Rabbi at Funeral

Paul Quinn ... K & K Employee
Kevin Blum ... Young Jules
Alvin Myerovich ... The Father
Moishe Rosenfeld ... William as a Young Man
Michael Krauss ... Sam as a Young Man

Michael Edelstein ... Gabriel as a Young Man (as Michael David Edelstein)

Bernie Hiller ... Hymie as a Young Man (as Bernard Hiller)
Brian Shait ... Nathan as a Young Man
Dawne Hindle ... Eva as a Young Woman
Christine Mosere ... Nellie as a Young Woman
Anna Bergman ... Alice as a Young Woman
Mary Lechter ... Faye as a Young Woman
Barbara Morris ... Mollie as a Young Woman

Tom Wood ... Michael as an Adult
Christopher James Lekas ... Michael's Son - Sam
Ava Eileen Quinn ... David as a Baby
David Thornhill ... David at 8 Months
Jordan Young ... David at 10 Years
Tammy Walker ... Camera Girl
David Long ... TV Commercial Director
Brenda Alford ... Night Club Singer
Thomas Joy ... Country Club Singer
James A. Zemarel ... Supper Club Singer
Jesse Adelman ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Judy Bach ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Alisa Bernstein ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Eva Cohen ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Josh Lessner ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Samantha Shenk ... Miscellaneous Family Member

Patty Sherman ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Irv Stein ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Thelma Weiner ... Miscellaneous Family Member
Robert Zalkind ... Miscellaneous Family Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ian Bonds ... Boy in Theater (uncredited)
Greg Coale ... Mailman (uncredited)
George Fenneman ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Cindy Geppi ... Extra (uncredited)

Arthur Godfrey ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)
Bruce A. Rauscher ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
Carolyn Rawleigh ... Beachgoer (uncredited)

William Shipman ... Shopper (uncredited)
Harry von Zell ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry Levinson 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Barry Levinson (written by)

Produced by
Mark Johnson .... producer
Barry Levinson .... producer
Charles Newirth .... associate producer (as Charles J. Newirth)
Marie Rowe .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Randy Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Allen Daviau (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds (production designed by)
 
Art Direction by
Fred Hole 
Edward Richardson 
 
Set Decoration by
Linda DeScenna 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham (costume designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... special makeup effects
Paul Gebbia .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... key hairstylist
William A. Kohout .... key hairstylist (as Bill Kohout)
 
Production Management
Charles Newirth .... unit production manager (as Charles J. Newirth)
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... post-production supervisor
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Cotone .... second second assistant director
Peter Giuliano .... first assistant director
Christine Larson .... second assistant director
John Rusk .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steven Lee Baer .... drapery foreman (as Steven Baer)
Dwight Benjamin-Creel .... assistant property master
Thomas E. Brown .... paint foreman (as Thomas Brown)
Clete Cetrone .... general foreman (as Clete E. Cetrone)
Robert E. Denne .... stand by painter
Harold Fuhrman .... draftsman
Sara Gardner-Gail .... set dresser (as Sara Gardner)
Nancy Gilmore .... set dresser
Tony Guastella .... set dresser
Lawrence R. Libecap .... construction foreman
W. Scott Mason .... construction foreman
Ric McElvin .... leadman
Todd McKibben .... construction foreman
Jonathan McKinstry .... assistant art director
Ray Mercer Jr. .... property master (as Ray Mercer)
Deborah Newman .... assistant property master
Hope M. Parrish .... assistant property master
John J. Passanante .... paint foreman
Tony Piller .... set dresser
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
John Rankin .... set dresser
Ray Rarick .... general foreman (as Raymond Rarick)
Neil Saiger .... construction foreman (as Neil Jay Saiger)
Alex Scutti Jr. .... plaster foreman (as Alexander Scutti)
Robert Webb .... construction foreman (as Robert M. Webb)
Mike Wells .... construction foreman
Elizabeth Bell .... carpenter (uncredited)
Randy G. Herbert .... carpenter (uncredited)
Ted Lubonovich II .... propmaker (uncredited)
James Passanante .... lead scenic (uncredited)
Keith Weaver .... scenic (uncredited)
Franz Wise .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.J. Appel .... adr editor
Richard Beggs .... re-recording mixer
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor
Willie D. Burton .... sound mixer
Clare C. Freeman .... assistant sound editor
Gary Gegan .... adr recordist
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Tim Holland .... sound effects editor
Marvin E. Lewis .... boom operator
Barbara McBane .... dialogue editor
Philip Olbrantz .... assistant sound editor (as Phillip B. Olbrantz)
Catherine Rowe .... foley artist
Robert Shoup .... sound effects editor
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Ewa Sztompke .... assistant sound editor
Ethan Van der Ryn .... assistant sound editor (as Ethan Van Der Ryn)
Marian Wallace .... assistant sound designer
Marian Wilde .... sound effects editor
David E. Turner .... machine room operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator (as Allen L. Hall)
Clay Pinney .... special effects foreman
John S. Baker .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jamie Vesay .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Barron .... director of matte photography: Matte World
Wade Childress .... matte cameraman: Matte World
Krystyna Demkowicz .... executive in charge of production: Matte World
Christopher Evans .... matte artist: Matte World
Brian Flora .... matte artist: Matte World
Bill Mather .... matte artist: Matte World
Rich McKay .... matte camera assistant: Matte World
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist supervisor: Matte World
 
Stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunt coordinator
Brad Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Amy Stephen Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Bookout .... best boy grip (as Thomas Bookout)
Ralph Brandofino .... first assistant cameraman (as Ralph J. Brandofino)
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator
David Katz .... video playback
Michael Kenner .... key grip
Bobby Mancuso .... second assistant cameraman (as Robert Mancuso)
William R. Mayberry .... electrical best boy (as Bill Mayberry)
Robert W. Meyers .... rigging gaffer
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant cameraman
Peter Norman .... camera operator
Jim Shelton .... dolly grip
Larry Wallace .... chief lighting technician
Barry Wetcher .... still photographer
Steve Wright .... film loader
 
Casting Department
Brian Chavanne .... additional casting
Louis DiGiaimo .... additional casting
Jill Greenberg .... casting assistant
Greg Mason .... additional casting
Pat Moran .... additional casting
Julie Mossberg .... additional casting
John Strawbridge .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Casey .... costumer: men's
Michael Cignarale .... tailor
Thomas Costich .... costumer: men's (as Tom Costich)
Oda Groeschel .... costumer: women's
Greg Hall .... costumer: men's (as Greg A. Hall)
Ruby K. Manis .... costumer: women's (as Ruby Manis)
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor: women's
G. Tony Scarano .... costume supervisor: men's
Victoria Snow .... costumer: women's
 
Editorial Department
Norm Carpenter .... negative cutter
Blair Daily .... assistant film editor
Robert Raring .... color timer
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
James Flamberg .... music editor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Allan Mason .... music supervisor
Frank Wolf .... scoring mixer
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dave Cooper .... picture car
Ellen Gannon .... picture car
Bob Hendrix .... transportation coordinator (as Bob L. Hendrix)
Foard J. Wilgis .... transportation captain
Ed Wirth .... transportation captain (as Edward A. Wirth)
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ted Bafaloukos .... project consultant
John Barnette .... production assistant
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher
Cathleen Clarke .... production assistant
Stephanie Claxton .... assistant accountant
Allegra Clegg .... production coordinator
Debra Donaldson .... location manager
Paul Ellis .... production assistant
Jennifer Erskine .... assistant: to Mr. Levinson and Mr. Johnson
Frank Ferro .... production assistant
Kelley Finn .... production assistant
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Katie Gilbert .... assistant production coordinator
Walter S. Hall .... location manager (as Walter Hall)
Gordon A. Jacoby .... dialect coach
Keith Jones .... production assistant
Susan Kessel .... production assistant
Nancy Jane King .... production assistant (as Nancy King)
Ross L. Kulma .... first aid (as Ross Kulma)
Lisa Levinson .... production assistant
Michael J. Malone .... location manager
Robin Meier .... production assistant
Susan M. Mollard .... production assistant
Jennifer Neiman .... production accountant
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Mike Revell .... assistant accountant
Beth Siegel .... production assistant
James D. Solomon .... assistant: to Mr. Levinson
Robin Warren .... production assistant
Elizabeth Weber .... production assistant (as Elizabeth Ann Weber)
Michele Ziegler .... production assistant (as Michele D'Angelo)
Charles E. Bauer .... diver (uncredited)
Lev Mailer .... adr voice (uncredited)
Abigail Margulis .... stand-in: Maggie (uncredited)
Nicholas Moenssens .... location projectionist (uncredited)
Bridgetta Tomarchio .... lead stand-in (uncredited)
Judith Walder .... accounting assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
William Donald Schaefer .... grateful acknowledgment
Kurt L. Schmoke .... grateful acknowledgment
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
128 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Barry Levinson] [Ralph Tabakin]Ralph (Principal Dunn) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999).See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[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...
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Soundtrack:
It's a Big Wide Wonderful WorldSee more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Less-than-nostalgic slice of Americana, 27 February 2003
Author: george.schmidt (gpschmidt67@gmail.com) from fairview, nj

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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