Judy Berlin (1999)

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A lonely, but talented teacher enjoys a flirtation with her married principal, who returns her affections but is hampered by his high-strung wife. He is also hampered by a deadbeat son, who... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sue Berlin
Arthur Gold
Judy Berlin
Aaron Harnick ...
David Gold
Bette Henritze ...
Dolores Engler
Alice Gold
Mr. V
Tour Guide
Eddie Dillon
Judy Graubart ...


A lonely, but talented teacher enjoys a flirtation with her married principal, who returns her affections but is hampered by his high-strung wife. He is also hampered by a deadbeat son, who supposedly is becoming a filmmaker. The teacher also has a clueless daughter, who is an aspiring actress. Filmmaker and actress manage to get together, while the teacher and principal can steal their own fleeting moments and a quick kiss during an eclipse. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Release Date:

6 October 1999 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Babylon, USA  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,800 (USA) (25 February 2000)


$467,313 (USA) (4 August 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Madeline Kahn's final feature film. See more »


Alice Gold: Art, that thing under my nose is getting bigger.
Arthur Gold: That's your mouth.
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References Baby Boom (1987) See more »


Serenade No. 10 in B-flat
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
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Dreams and Deceptions in a Day of Eclipse
28 February 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a day of eclipse in Babylon Village, in New York, the thirty-two year-old aspirant actress Judy Berlin (Edie Falco) is moving to California expecting to make her dream come true. Her mother Suzan 'Sue' Berlin (Barbara Barrie) is a bitter school teacher that likes to flirt with the principal Arthur Gold (Bob Dishy), who is married with the housewife Alice Gold (Madeline Kahn) that is close to a breakdown. Their thirty year-old son David Gold (Aaron Harnick) has just moved back home after a frustrating experience as filmmaker. While wandering on the street, David meets Judy who studied with him in the elementary school and they spend the day together. Meanwhile the confused Arthur kisses Sue during the eclipse.

"Judy Berlin" is a delightful low-budget movie with entwined stories in the suburb of Babylon. The performances are excellent, disclosing the intimacy of the characters in a realistic way. This movie was released in Brazil on VHS by Cult Films Distributor. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Judy Berlin"

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