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The Man Who Cried (2000)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  8 December 2000 (UK)
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A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman.

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Oleg Yankovskiy ...
Father
Claudia Lander-Duke ...
Danny Scheinmann ...
Man in Suit
Anna Tzelniker ...
Mother of Man in Suit
Barry Davis ...
Thom Osborn ...
Frank Chersky ...
Daniel Hart ...
Peter Majer ...
Hana Maria Pravda ...
Grandmother
Ayala Meir ...
Child
Abraham Hassan ...
Child
Lloyd Martin ...
Child
Uri Meir ...
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A Russian Jewish father emigrates to America in 1923, with a promise to send for his mother and young daughter when he is settled. When his village is burned in a pogrom, his mother is killed and his daughter is separated from other youngsters who make it to the port to emigrate. She ends up on a ship bound for England, where she is renamed Suzie and raised by a British family. Many years later, Suzie's talent for singing and dancing sees her accepted into a Paris dance troupe where she is befriended by Lola, a fellow dancer from Moscow. Cesar, a handsome brooding gypsy who works with the troupe later becomes her lover. Lola pursues Dante, an egotistical tenor who is performing in the area. All is well until the Nazis march into Paris, and Suzie's Russian Jewish background places her in danger. She must decide whether to leave Cesar and her friends and continue the search for her father in America. Written by Alexander Lum

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8 December 2000 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Čovjek koji je plakao  »

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$123,577 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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$739,583 (USA) (12 October 2001)
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Final film of Don Fellows. See more »

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When Suzie is following on her bicycle, we can see that it is a multi-speed bike with a rear derailleur, which were not in use until 1949. See more »

Quotes

Cesar: It's better to run and live than to stay and die.
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References Pas de deux (1968) See more »

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Chalarimastar Te Bistraw
Composed by Sapo Perapaskero
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Beautiful film about risk, change and difference
2 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only reason I did not rate this film a "10" was that the Christina Ricci character (Feygele/Suzie), who is supposed to be a superb singer in the era before microphones, was not dubbed by someone who can actually sing. (Ricci, gifted actress that she is, can't, and to a musician, that's a problem). Other than that, I loved this movie. Ricci and Depp, as impossible lovers who just happen to be members of the two peoples most persecuted by the Nazis (a Jew and a Gypsy), are both perfection in their roles. John Tuturro and Cate Blanchett, as (respectively) an Alpha-male Italian tenor enamored of Mussolini, and Suzie's fellow dancer/confidante seduced by the tenor and his Fascist tendencies, are such compelling characters that they almost needed their own separate movie. The cinematography is beautiful throughout, and the sense of history, of the sweep of time, is wonderfully evoked. Last but not least, the score of the film memorably weaves together an old Yiddish lullaby with "Je crois entendre encore," the great tenor aria from Bizet's "Pearl Fishers." Both melodies share the same rhythmic and harmonic skeleton, and the film score reveals and celebrates it. A wonderful musical reflection on the theme of the film in general. Wait until the end of the movie to see what I mean -- the music explains it all.


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