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Solomon & Gaenor -- A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish


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Their tragedy was to fall in love.
A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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This is an engrossing, heartbreaking, wonderful film! See more (24 total) »


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Ioan Gruffudd ... Solomon Levinsky
Nia Roberts ... Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies ... Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)

William Thomas ... Idris Rees

Mark Lewis Jones ... Crad Rees

Maureen Lipman ... Rezl
David Horovitch ... Isaac
Bethan Ellis Owen ... Bronwen
Adam Jenkins ... Thomas
Cyril Shaps ... Ephraim
Daniel Kaye ... Philip
Elliott Cantor ... Benjamin (as Elliot Cantor)
Steffan Rhodri ... Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn ... Reverend Roberts

Julian Lewis Jones ... Wyn
Arwyn Davies ... Huw
Dai Morgan ... Geraint
Rhys Evans ... Rhys
Helen Griffin ... Aunt Myfanwy
Gwyn Vaughan Jones ... Trefor Lloyd
Alan Schwartz ... Uncle Menasseh
Anne Sessions ... Aunt Sadie
Olivia Simova ... Naomi
Barry Davies ... Mannie Silvergilt
Daniel Levy ... Rabbi Wolfe (as Rabbi Daniel Levy)
Derek Smith ... Jewish Man
Jane Manuel ... Jewish Woman
Daniel Pruchnie ... Jewish Child
Ri Richards ... Glass Woman
Gill Griffiths ... First Woman
Manon Eames ... Welsh Woman at Door
Dafydd Wyn Roberts ... Old Tramp
Huw Emlyn ... Barman Alun
Winston Evans ... Postman
Sion Hopkins ... Sleepy John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alun Evans ... Cameo appearance (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Morrison 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Morrison  writer

Produced by
Sheryl Crown .... producer
David Green .... executive producer
Andy Porter .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ilona Sekacz 
Cinematography by
Nina Kellgren 
Film Editing by
Kant Pan 
Casting by
Joan McCann 
Production Design by
Hayden Pearce  (as B. Hayden Pearce)
Art Direction by
Frazer Pearce 
Costume Design by
Maxine Brown 
Makeup Department
Catherine Davies .... makeup assistant
Derek Lloyd .... hair stylist
Derek Lloyd .... makeup artist
Michael Moustafi .... makeup artist: prosthetics (as Mike Moustaphi)
Chris Redman .... makeup assistant
Gill Rees .... hair designer
Gill Rees .... makeup designer
Julie Van Praag .... makeup assistant
Ros Wilkins .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Chris Nixon .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard Arundel .... first assistant director
Jonathan Hunter .... third assistant director
Nerys Phillips .... third assistant director
Jon Williams .... first assistant director: second unit
Rhian Williams .... second assistant director
Art Department
Rory Armstrong .... dressing props
Wayne Maggs .... painter
Ron Muston .... painter
Nicole Northridge .... assistant art director
Phil Payter .... stand-by carpenter
Gareth Richards .... prop maker
Andy Simmons .... stand-by carpenter
Mike Weston .... construction manager
Ray Weston .... stand-by painter
Tony Wilks .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Pat Boxshall .... sound editor
Richard Dyer .... sound mixer
Richard Dyer .... sound recordist
Jennie Evans .... sound editor
Danny Longhurst .... sound editor
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer
Jeff Welch .... boom operator (as Jeff Welsh)
Steve Hancock .... studio sound technician (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Reeve .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailie .... first assistant camera
John Bailie .... focus puller
Stuart Barell .... clapper loader
Chris Davies .... electrician
Annie Dibling .... camera trainee
Paul Edwards .... Steadicam operator
Dai Hopkins .... grip
Mark Hutchings .... best boy
Steve Lawes .... focus puller: second unit
Bob Milton .... electrician (as Robert Milton)
Paul O'Neil .... grip: second unit
Kevin Rudge .... focus puller: second unit
Alan Stewart .... camera operator: second unit
Andrew Taylor .... gaffer
Peter Thornton .... camera operator: second unit
Mark Tillie .... special still photographer
Matt Woolf .... clapper loader: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison Callaghan .... costume assistant
Sheri Lund .... costume assistant
Vicki Page .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Angharad Owen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recordist
Other crew
Clare Alan .... script editor
Rupert Allan .... production runner
Nicolette Howard .... assistant to producer
Gruffudd Jones .... script editor: Welsh
Huw Jones .... assistant location manager
Menna Jones .... production coordinator
David Mellor .... production accountant
Bryan Moses .... location manager
Dillan Nicholls .... runner
Amanda Street .... international sales: FilmFour
Mark Dunford .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Solomon and Gaenor" - UK (original title)
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Rated R for sexuality and a scene of violence
Argentina:105 min | Germany:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Ioan Gruffudd learned Yiddish for the movie.See more »
Solomon Levinsky:You pray to your God. And I'll pray to mine.See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
This is an engrossing, heartbreaking, wonderful film!, 26 January 2001
Author: stefanee from South Florida, USA

Solomon and Gaenor is a film that sincerely captures the magic of the discovery of pure love, and also depicts so painfully what happens when ethnicism and hate work against it. I found so much of the film to be right on target with what people will do to make the "impossible" possible. There are so many forces at war in this movie: Truth versus deception; love versus hate; joy versus pain; sin versus virtue; ecstacy versus agony; and that's just a glimpse! I felt that I was not watching actors, but rather that I was part of the air surrounding the goings-on in these characters' lives. I was completely immersed in the story. Not only was the acting so on the mark, but the dialog was superb, the emotional struggle was palpable, and the lessons learned are as pertinent today as they were portrayed in this story set in Wales long ago. The story itself is truly a tragedy. The film, however, is magnificent.

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