A Price Above Rubies (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  25 March 1998 (USA)
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About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramon Garcia
Mendel Horowitz
Rebbe Moshe
Beggar Woman
Timothy Jerome ...
Dr. Bauer (as Tim Jerome)
Phyllis Newman ...
Mrs. Gelbart
Joyce Reehling ...
Shelton Dane ...
Jackie Ryan ...
Young Sonia


About a young woman who is married to a devout Jew and the problems that trouble their marriage because of the woman wanting something more out of her life Written by Doug

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In a world of rules... one woman is ruled by her passion.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Price Below Rubies  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$43,588 (USA) (27 March 1998)


$1,081,957 (USA) (29 May 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Mendel says Sonia's birthstone is the ruby, this would make her birthdate somewhere in July. See more »


Most of the action takes place between Sonya's birthday, which is in July, as evidenced by her birthstone, the ruby), and Yom Kippur, which is in the early fall. However, in all the outdoor scenes, it is clearly winter, as evidenced by the winter coats on all characters and extras. See more »


Referenced in Late Night with Conan O'Brien: The White Stripes (2009) See more »


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Performed by Jane Bunnett
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Written by Guillermo Baretto and Jane Bunnett
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Intriguing Personal Drama Set in Orthodox/American Jewish Culture
14 January 2005 | by (Denver CO, United States) – See all my reviews

A carefully and compellingly rendered drama of a contemporary woman's stirring discovery of self, "A Price Above Rubies" is set in the context of a Hasidic Jewish/American community. Beautifully photographed, this film's acting sparkles -- and renders a reasonably accurate portrait of an easily caricatured community.

In a role played well before her current celebrity (circa Jerry Maguire), Renee Zellweger establishes herself as a talent of unlimited possibilities. That she doesn't "look Jewish" (by the stereotype) does not make her less convincing....

The film's feminist perspective is gracefully realized without belittling all guys -- which greatly enhances the film's power! (And lowers my blood pressure!) While compelling in the early going, the plot becomes a bit overly complex. But the film remains very well worth watching throughout. Production design is exceptional! Those Orthodox Jewish critics who are angered by this film's portrayal of Jewish Orthodoxy might have us believe that the world of Orthodoxy is monolithically benign. It is not. ...

Traditional thought and practice -- orthodoxy in many settings -- has its beauties and strengths, and -- like most things human-- it has its dark, shadow side as well. I've personally experienced both the light and the dark, and know they both exist. "A Price Above Rubies" depicts the delicate balance gone awry.

For a very different, also wonderful film which depicts both light and shadow sides of American Jewish traditionalism, but less critical of Orthodoxy, try "The Chosen" (1982) (adapted from Chaim Potok's book), with Robby Benson (quite good in this film, to my surprise), Rod Steiger and Maximillian Schell. For me "The Chosen" is a "ten", and among my all-time top 10 films!

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