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The Juggler (1953)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 5 May 1953 (USA)
In 1949, former concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to psychological problems, he can't adjust to peacetime life.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Michael Blankfort (novel), Michael Blankfort (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Hans Muller
Milly Vitale ... Ya'El
Paul Stewart ... Detective Karni
Joseph Walsh ... Yehoshua Bresler (as Joey Walsh)
Alf Kjellin ... Daniel
Beverly Washburn ... Susy
Charles Lane ... Rosenberg
John Banner ... Emile Halevy
Richard Benedict ... Police Officer Kogan
Oskar Karlweis ... Willy Schmidt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Moody ... Mukhtar (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a fugitive, traveling through Israel with a teenage boy. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The story of a man of passions !

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Drama | History | War

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Trivia

Kirk Douglas had a severe argument on the set with director Edward Dmytryk because he - Douglas - had to stay too long on the set for the close up shooting. But Douglas eventually apologized to his director by sending him a large box of cigars and bouquets of flowers. See more »

Quotes

Registration Official at Haifa: Name?
Hans Muller: [softly] Hans Muller
Registration Official at Haifa: You have to speak louder
Hans Muller: HANS MULLER's my name
Registration Official at Haifa: A little softer please. Place of birth?
Hans Muller: Germany... Munich... Beautiful city
Registration Official at Haifa: Occupation before the war?
Hans Muller: You wouldn't believe me
Registration Official at Haifa: I'll believe anything
Hans Muller: I was a juggler.
[...]
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a heroic film
28 May 2008 | by elfinadrawerSee all my reviews

Considering that Hollywood never really tackled the Holocaust until Schindler's List and that it only set one other prominent film (Exodus) in Israel, this remarkable movie is amazing on many levels. Douglass shows once again that he was as versatile as any actor, not merely as a juggler and stage-comedian, but also as a rugged but tortured individual on the run from his pursuers. The setting in post war Israel is wonderful, the supporting players all fine, and some of the scenes sublime (the dance sequence at the kibbutz, the couple's tender embrace, the juggling show, etc.). It is one of the few American films that mentions the terrors of the Holocaust in any direct manner, and one of the few that portrays contemporary Israel realistically. Although, as noted by some critics, it has its flaws, including the lack of a German accent by Kirk, it is still an incredible production on so many levels that it deserves to be seen by a greater audience, which may happen, since it was just screened by TCM this afternoon, where I was luck enough to see it.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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