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Judy Berlin (1999)

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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4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Sue Berlin
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Arthur Gold
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Judy Berlin
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Maddie
Aaron Harnick ...
David Gold
Bette Henritze ...
Dolores Engler
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Alice Gold
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Marie
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Bea
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Carol
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Mr. V
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Lisa
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Tour Guide
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Eddie Dillon
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Ceil
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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6 October 1999 (Italy)  »

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Babylon, USA  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$46,800 (USA) (27 February 2000)

Gross:

$467,313 (USA) (6 August 2000)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In memory of Madeline Kahn, who died of ovarian cancer, the profits from this film's premiere were donated towards ovarian cancer research. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place while a solar eclipse is in progress. The sky goes so dark that the streetlights come on. Much of the story continues through this "dark time". A real eclipse has this totality and darkness for about two minutes, tops! The total eclipse in "Judy Berlin" just goes on way too long. See more »

Quotes

David: There's no sub to it... you're all liminal!
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade No. 10 in B-flat
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
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Kahn's Oscar-worthy performance
26 April 2004 | by (Paintsville, KY) – See all my reviews

In a film full of wonderful, low-key performances by actors playing lonely, unhappy characters, Madeline Kahn is the standout as a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Unlike any other performance she gave in film, Kahn -- known for her comic roles -- turns in a marvelous, dramatic turn that should have netted her a posthomous Academy Award nomination. She is simply brilliant, and she should have been given a lot more dramatic roles in her career. After all, they say that comedy is the hardest thing for an actor to do, and with all the great comic roles she had -- in "Paper Moon," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," just to name a few -- directors should have known that behind those funny faces was a great actress who could play any role.


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