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The Immigrant (2013)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 May 2014 (USA)
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1921. An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elena Solovey ...
Rosie Hertz (as Yelena Solovey)
Edyta Bistricky
Wojtek Bistricky
Customs Officer Thomas MacNally
Patrick Holden O'Neill ...
Leo Straub (as Patrick O'Neill)
Sam Tsoutsouvas ...
Oskar Straub
Immigration Official
Officer DeKeiffer


1921. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulska and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Alone, with nowhere to turn and desperate to reunite with Magda, she quickly falls prey to Bruno, a charming but wicked man who takes her in and forces her into prostitution. And then one day, Ewa encounters Bruno's cousin, the debonair magician Orlando. He sweeps Ewa off her feet and quickly becomes her only chance to escape the nightmare in which she finds herself. Written by Wild Bunch

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightingale  »

Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,064 (USA) (16 May 2014)


$1,984,743 (USA) (27 June 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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James Gray considers "The Immigrant" the best film of his career and Marion Cotillard the best actor he ever worked with. See more »


When at the church, Ewa makes the "sign of the cross" with the left hand several times. See more »


[first lines]
Ewa Cybulska: [standing in line at Ellis Island speaking Polish] We're almost there.
Magda Cybulska: [coughing]
Ewa Cybulska: The doctors are looking, try to hold it in. You're just nervous. That brings it on. Try to close your ears and say a prayer, to the Mother of God.
Magda Cybulska: I will.
Ewa Cybulska: We'll find Aunt Edyta soon, and we'll be safe. We'll be together. We'll make our own families, have lots of children.
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Jazz Piano Rag
Written by Richard Geere
Performed by Richard Geere
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Pretty restrained
1 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I read the summary for this film, I just expected a sweeping, soaring melodrama. Oh, it's a melodrama, no doubt about it, but surprisingly, it's a pretty restrained effort. I appreciate the fact that it really wasn't overblown in its intentions, in its music, in its acting. The three main actors are all pretty good, Cotillard especially. By now, we know the talent this woman possesses and she's someone that can say so much with just a single facial expression. This is one of her very best performances, and it should, in no way, be discounted. I hope she finally gets that long-due second Oscar nomination. All in all, recommended.

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