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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 ... 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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17 November 1999 (USA)  »

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$95,247 (USA) (19 November 1999)

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$3,732,398 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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Trivia

In the scene where they are teeing off at the 'golf course', they are actually standing on the lawn in front of the Mansion House in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. The Mansion House is the current day administrative offices for the Baltimore Zoo. There is no real golf course in Druid Hill Park. See more »

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On Halloween 1954 Adrien Brody's character states that he is dressing as a beatnik. The word "beatnik" was coined by Herb Caen in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle on April 2, 1958. See more »

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Ben Kurtzman: You don't walk out on Sinatra, sir.
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References Texaco Star Theatre (1948) See more »

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Belz (Mein Shtelele Belz)
Written by Aleksandr Olshanetsky (as Alex Olshanetsky) & Jacob Jacobs
Performed by Mandy Patinkin
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I am neither Jewish nor Baltimorian (?), but . . .
4 July 2003 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

this was a fine film, if not anything to blow one's hair back, leave one humming, or slipping into the dialogue. The story was set in the mid-1950s, accurately looks the part, and is actually three tales involving the three males in a middle class family.

Yes, there is the treatment of racism and the self-consciousness that it spawns on both sides, and yes, the death throes of anti-semitism (at least among decent people). A middle-aged man finds he has outlived the world in which he came to prosper, and does not know what to do. There is something else: the "grass is always greener" hypothesis in ethnic/social class mixing. One of the protagonists meets his "shiksa goddess" and her lot, longs to cross a divide he does his best to bridge -- and finds his betters have feet of clay for all their poise and social standing.

LIBERTY HEIGHTS is in the best sense a North American story. Leaving one's ghetto, the benefits of learning to do so, and creation of a better world. Note how toward the end, the flawed and even cruel W.A.S.P. society boy becomes better for having accepted the hand of friendship of someone his father might have avoided.


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