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Liberty Heights (1999)

Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

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Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring "the other": in Ben's case, it's friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it's a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie. Sylvia gives Ben tickets to a James Brown concert; Dubbie invites Van to a motel: new worlds open. Meanwhile, their dad Nate, who runs a numbers game, loses big to a small-time pusher, Little Melvin; a partnership ensues. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're only young once, but you remember forever.

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Rated R for crude language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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31 December 1999 (USA)  »

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$95,247 (USA) (21 November 1999)

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$3,732,398 (USA) (2 April 2000)
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Part of a series of films based Barry Levinson's family and friends from Baltimore. The other films are: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990). See more »

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During the part of the film which was set in October/November, 1954, the trees had way too many green leaves on them for Baltimore at that time of the year. See more »

Quotes

Dubbie the Blonde: Do you speak french?
Van Kurtzman: No. Do you?
Dubbie the Blonde: Yes. Not as well as my father's boyfriend. But then again, he is French.
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References Perry Mason (1957) See more »

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Shake Rattle and Roll
Written by Charles F. Calhoun (as Charles Calhoun)
Performed by Big Joe Turner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Well done
5 September 2001 | by (Philadelphia, Pa) – See all my reviews

Liberty Heights illustrates Anti Semitism and race relations in the 1950's very well. It shows how two Jewish brothers find that there is a whole different world outside their insular Jewish community. Liberty Heights is an excellent film. Barry Levinson has created a gem of a film, another of the Baltimore series.


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