IMDb > Liberty Heights (1999)
Liberty Heights
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Liberty Heights (1999) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 37 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Liberty Heights -- US Home Video Trailer from Warner Bros.

Overview

User Rating:
7.0/10   5,397 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer (WGA):
Barry Levinson (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Liberty Heights on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
17 November 1999 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You're only young once, but you remember forever.
Plot:
Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Wonderful Story About Segregation and Love See more (63 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adrien Brody ... Van Kurtzman

Ben Foster ... Ben Kurtzman

Orlando Jones ... Little Melvin

Bebe Neuwirth ... Ada Kurtzman

Joe Mantegna ... Nate Kurtzman

Rebekah Johnson ... Sylvia

David Krumholtz ... Yussel

Richard Kline ... Charlie, Nate's Assistant

Vincent Guastaferro ... Pete, Nate's Assistant

Justin Chambers ... Trey Tobelseted

Carolyn Murphy ... Dubbie the Blonde

James Pickens Jr. ... Sylvia's Father
Frania Rubinek ... Grandma Rose

Anthony Anderson ... Scribbles

Kiersten Warren ... Annie the Stripper

Evan Neumann ... Sheldon (as Evan Neuman)

Kevin Sussman ... Alan Joseph Zuckerman
Gerry Rosenthal ... Murray

Charley Scalies ... Louie

Shane West ... Ted

Cloie Wyatt Taylor ... Gail

Susan Duvall ... Teacher #2
Carlton J. Smith ... James Brown at the Royal (as Carlton Smith)

Elizabeth Ann Bennett ... Mary
Ellyn O'Connell ... Anne Whittier

Doug Roberts ... Assistant D.A.

Al Brown ... Bailiff
Kenny Raskin ... Burlesque Comic
Peter Wilkes ... Butler
Kimberlee Suerth ... Buxom Nurse
Mary Lynn Ray ... Woman in Court #1

Marty Lodge ... Defense Attorney

Gideon Jacobs ... Ben Kurtzman - Age 8
Jan Austell ... Judge
Timothy J. Scanlin Jr. ... Nick
Ralph Tabakin ... Phil, Spotlight Man at the Gaitey
Shelley Stokes ... Box Office Attendant
Patsy Grady Abrams ... Woman in Court #2
Jay Hillmer ... Matt
Stan Brandorff ... Morris

Katie Finneran ... Mrs. Johnson
Kate Kiley ... Nurse

Jake Hoffman ... Turk
Joseph Patrick Abel ... Lenny
Sekiya Billman ... Halloween Stripper

Brenda Russell ... Singer
Barry Black ... Cantor
Dennis N. Math ... Rabbi (as Rabbi Dennis N. Math)
Judith Knight Young ... Teacher #1 - 1944
Stephen Williams ... Wilbert Mosely
Ty Robbins ... Sylvia's Mother
Emily Chamberlain ... Ben's Teacher
Christian T. Dockins ... Flame
Kenny Pitt ... Flame
Zahmu Sankofa ... Flame

Paul Majors ... Party Fight Guy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matthew Bowerman ... Student - Orthodox Worshipper (uncredited)

Misha Collins ... Guy (uncredited)

Christina DeRosa ... Student (uncredited)

Jacques Derosena ... Thug Member (uncredited)

Dawn Douglas ... Concert Goer (uncredited)
Joe Gerety ... FBI Agent #2 (uncredited)

Art Hall ... Youth in Synagogue (uncredited)
Cathy Hurley ... Prarie Girl / Ice Skater (uncredited)
Pete Karas ... Graduation Goer (uncredited)

Stacy Keibler ... Extra (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth ... Gym Teacher (uncredited)
John Martineau ... Party goer (uncredited)
Carolyn Rawleigh ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Norm Rebadow ... Father (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Michael Haley .... associate producer
Barry Levinson .... producer
Patrick McCormick .... executive producer
Amy Solan .... associate producer
Paula Weinstein .... producer
 
Original Music by
Andrea Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle  (as Chris Doyle)
 
Film Editing by
Stu Linder 
 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Peranio 
 
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
 
Set Decoration by
William A. Cimino 
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
 
Makeup Department
Eileen Barrett .... hair stylist
Gina W. Bateman .... makeup artist (as Gina Wilgis Bateman)
Betty Beebe .... key makeup artist
Sherri Bramlett .... hair stylist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion .... second makeup (as Cheryl Kinion)
John Quaglia .... key hair stylist
Patricia Regan .... makeup artist: Ms. Neuwirth (as Patricia Reagan)
 
Production Management
Blair Daily .... post-production supervisor
Lenny Vullo .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... second assistant director (as Robert Albertell)
Michael Haley .... first assistant director
Eric Henriquez .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Randy Bobbitt .... art department coordinator
Alfred J. Caragay .... greensperson
William Catania .... set dresser
F. Dale Davis .... head set dresser
Michael Davis .... construction coordinator (as Michael E. Davis)
Lisa Dietrich .... set dresser
Susanna Glattly .... scenic artist
Kristina Kilpe .... assistant property master
Jay Klein .... lead man
Ted Lubonovich II .... propmaker
Ted Nolan .... prop maker
Willy Richardson .... painter
Rob Simons .... assistant art director (as Rob Simmons)
Jeff Stacy .... key set dresser
Sammy Steward .... greens
Jay Stump .... greens
Thomas Turnbull .... construction foreman (as Tom Turnbull)
Lorraine Walker .... property master
Steven Walker .... property master (as Steve Walker)
Elizabeth Weber .... on-set dresser (as Liz Weber)
Billy Crush .... assistant picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Joseph E. Stone .... supplier (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Steve Cantamessa .... sound mixer
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Dan Engstrom .... assistant dialogue editor
Sue Fox .... adr editor
J.R. Grubbs .... sound effects editor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer (as Lora Hirshberg)
Tim Holland .... supervising sound editor
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott La Rue .... cable person (as Scott LaRue)
Mary Helen Leasman .... foley editor
Cheryl Nardi .... assistant dialogue editor
Timothy Nielsen .... supervising assistant sound editor
Claire Sanfilippo .... dialogue editor (as Claire Sanfillippo)
Steve Slanec .... assistant adr editor
Gary Thomas .... boom operator
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Dave Tinsley .... assistant sound engineer
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Marshall Winn .... dialogue editor
Jennifer Barin .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Sean Landeros .... machine room operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects coordinator
Thomas Fife .... special effects (as Tom Fiffe)
Dave Gerlach .... special effects (as David Gerlach)
Douglas Retzler .... special effects coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Jeffrey Castel De Oro .... digital compositor
Phil Holland .... scanning & recording operator
Douglas Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Brandon Craig .... render coordinator (uncredited)
Betsy Paterson .... 2D supervisor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Craig Seitz .... digital effects compositor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
 
Stunts
G.A. Aguilar .... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Sean Kelly .... stunts
Chris O'Hara .... stunt performer
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Shawnna Thibodeau .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Colin Anderson .... Steadicam operator
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Kevin Barnes .... electrician
Garrett Benson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Eric Blair .... assistant camera
James Boniece .... key rigging grip
Michael Bonsignore .... dolly grip (as Michael 'Mikael' Bonsignore)
Clyde E. Bryan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
A. Anthony Cappello .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Anthony Cappello)
Tony Chiu .... film loader
Rodney French .... dolly grip (as Rodney G. French)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Mike Keelty .... rigging gaffer
Brett Laumann .... assistant chief lighting technician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Charlie Marroquin .... best boy grip
Steve Mathis .... gaffer
Paul Murphey .... video assist operator
Rick Strodel .... grip
Suzanne Trucks .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Clemence .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Rob Coughlin .... grip (uncredited)
Rusty Gardner .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Lisa Hartjen .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Richard H. Kryder .... best boy: rigging crew (uncredited)
Thomas Loizeaux .... camera operator: "c" camera (uncredited)
Eric Martin .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Chaz Rainey .... grip (uncredited)
Clay Valenti .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathleen Chopin .... additional casting
Tracy Kaplan .... additional casting
Amanda Koblin .... casting associate
Pat Moran .... additional casting
Debra Zane .... additional casting
Eric Zuckerman .... casting assistant
Abe Forman-Greenwald .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hothorn .... casting assistant (uncredited)
John Strawbridge .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Deb Dalton .... set costumer
Steve Ellsworth .... key costumer
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costume supervisor (as Mitchell Kenney)
David Mayreis .... set costumer
Nancy McArdle .... costume supervisor
Barbara Miller .... set costumer
Kelly Porter .... set costumer
Eva Prappas .... key costumer (as Eva L. Prappas)
 
Editorial Department
Blair Daily .... associate editor
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Jason Joseph .... assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nancy Allen .... assistant music editor
Enrico DeMelis .... music score consultant
Marylou Eales .... assistant music supervisor
Allan Mason .... music supervisor
Andrea Morricone .... conductor
Andrea Morricone .... music producer
Andrea Morricone .... orchestrator
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Joel Sill .... music supervisor
Fabio Venturi .... music scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Charles E. Bauer .... transportation co-captain (as Chuck Bauer)
Thomas F. Lombardi .... precision driver
Thomas F. Lombardi .... vehicle coordinator
Michael Luckeroth .... transportation coordinator
Gerald Titus .... transportation captain (as Gerry Titus)
Douglas A. Walk .... driver
Jacqueline L. Hurd .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wayne Arnold .... additional second assistant
Kathi Ash .... location coordinator
Denise A. Beale .... set production aide (as Denise Beale)
Alicia Beytes .... office production aide
Leonard Clarke .... location coordinator (as Leonard Clark)
Tracey Colvin .... set production aide
Rob Coughlin .... rigging & skinning supervisor
Ted Criswell .... medic
Rick Eggers .... catering chef
John Erby .... set production aide
Jeff Flach .... location manager
Betsy Friedman .... set production aide
Nicole Furia .... production accountant
Ginny Galloway .... production secretary
Donna Lee Greber .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Ronald Bruce Holtman .... key craft service (as Bruce Holtman)
Jon Jolles .... set production aide
Chris Kable .... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Martin Kircher .... projectionist
Linda Labov .... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
Eric Layne .... assistant accountant
Stephanie Lovell .... set production aide
Michele Lynch .... assistant choreographer
Ryan McCormick .... assistant: Mr. McCormick
Jerry Mitchell .... choreographer
Eric Morgan .... production secretary
Eric Morgan .... script coordinator
Kendra Pasker .... office production aide
Luis Perez .... choreographer: Cha-Cha
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Karen Radzikowski .... set production aide
Chris Rosenbery .... office production aide
Kenneth Roth .... set production aide (as Ken Roth)
Marie Rowe .... executive assistant
Andrew Sachs .... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Scott Schaeffer .... production assistant
Scott Schaeffer .... set production aide
Patrick Shiffrar .... assistant accountant
Drew Tidwell .... assistant production coordinator
Mira Tweti .... publicist
Mikki Ziska .... set production aide
Janette Evans .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Kimberly Masimore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Martha Newman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Kevin Weaver .... security supervisor (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated R for crude language and sex-related material
Runtime:
127 min | Germany:122 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to 'Barry Levinson', this film came out of a derogatory comment about Dustin Hoffman's character in Sphere (1998). The critic's comment got Levinson thinking about his experiences growing up in Baltimore, and Liberty Heights was born.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The film takes place in 1954, but the melody of "Bayom Hahu," which the Cantor sings during the Rosh Hashanah services, was written by Michael Isaacson in the mid-1980s.See more »
Quotes:
Ben Kurtzman:By the way, where's the jawbone of the ass?
Ada Kurtzman:What?
Ben Kurtzman:The jawbone of the ass, where is it?
Grandma Rose:Is he crazy? What kind of talk is this?
Van Kurtzman:[walks in] Your ass does not have a jawbone.
Ben Kurtzman:Well, Samson slew the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass!
Ada Kurtzman:Not your ass, an animal!
Ben Kurtzman:[shocked] There's an animal called an "ass"?
Grandma Rose:[frowning] Such a mouth...
Ben Kurtzman:Look, I loved 'Samson and Delilah'. I hope they bring that movie back.
[...]
See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Texaco Star Theatre" (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
Teach Me TonightSee more »

FAQ

Is "Liberty Heights" based on a book?
What is this movie about?
How does the movie end?
See more »
14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Wonderful Story About Segregation and Love, 6 October 2003
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Baltimore, 1954, the Kurtzman family is a Jewish family living in the area of Liberty Heights. Ben (Ben Foster) is a rebel teenager, who has a crush on his black friend Sylvia (Rebekah Johnson). His college brother Van falls in love with Dubbie (Carolyn Murphy – why this gorgeous actress has just this movie in her filmography?), a very problematic girl. He becomes friend of Trey Tobelseted (Justin Chambers), a young man from a very wealth family and boyfriend of Dubbie. Nate (the excellent Joe Mantegna) is the father, who lives from an illegal lottery of numbers. Nate loves his family and keeps them apart of his legal problems. Ada (Bebe Neuwirth) is the mother, who keeps the tradition of their family. Little Melvin (Orlando Jones) is a drug dealer, who wins a fortune of US$ 100,000 (in 1954) in Nate's lottery, raising a serious situation in the plot. This movie is wonderful: the soundtrack, photography and costumes are marvelous. The story, about segregation of Jews and blacks and love between races, is very beautiful. The viewer will not be disappointed with this entertainment. My vote is eight.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (63 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Liberty Heights (1999)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The 'family lottery' qwertqwert-3
The Streetcar Madness832
Help with song, please? meghanelaine
was Stacy Keibler in this? wiggydsadist
Just watched this movie... PTUTSON
has anyone lived this? phil-loughborough
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Outside Providence The Last Picture Show Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Half Nelson Ray
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.