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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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It's a fantastic film; powerful, beautiful and poignant. 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
Location Management
Huw Jones .... assistant location manager
Bryan Moses .... location manager
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
Menna Jones .... production coordinator
David Mellor .... production accountant
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?

Daniel Levy (who plays Rabbi Wolfe) is an Orthodox Rabbi, and at the time was the Rabbi of the Orthodox Synagogue in Cardiff.See more »
Crad:Don't ask me to write it down for you because I can't.See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
It's a fantastic film; powerful, beautiful and poignant., 4 November 2002
Author: Steve L from Aberystwyth, Wales

The first time I saw it was in my home county of Dorset, in the gaslit, old world atmosphere of the Rex Cinema at Wareham (a must for all visitors to Dorset!)

The movie was so completely absorbing that I slowly became aware of my surroundings when it finished, looking around and wondering where in the world I could be! Of course, I naturally thought I was in Wales, and it took a few minutes of mental effort to think of ...Dorset, and the Rex ...and Wareham - oh yes, I remember those places ... that's where I come from, isn't it.

The shame is that it has never had general release in its home country, and is not available in PAL 2 DVD.

It's a fantastic film; beautiful and poignant. The acting is great, especially Gaenor, who has the perhaps the most powerful role.

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