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The Angel Levine (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 28 July 1970 (USA)
Morris Mishkin is a elderly religious Jew in New York. His wife Fanny is very ill. He's a tailor, but he can't work because his back has given out. He doesn't even have enough money for ... See full summary »

Director:

Ján Kadár (as Jan Kadar)

Writers:

Bill Gunn (screenplay by), Ronald Ribman (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zero Mostel ... Morris Mishkin
Harry Belafonte ... Alexander Levine
Ida Kaminska ... Fanny Mishkin
Milo O'Shea ... Dr. Arnold Berg
Gloria Foster ... Sally
Barbara Ann Teer Barbara Ann Teer ... Welfare Lady
Eli Wallach ... Delicatessen Clerk
Anne Jackson ... Woman in Delicatessen
Stephen Strimpell Stephen Strimpell ... Drugstore Clerk
Sam Raskyn Sam Raskyn ... Druggist
Kathy Shawn Kathy Shawn ... Woman in Drugstore
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Storyline

Morris Mishkin is a elderly religious Jew in New York. His wife Fanny is very ill. He's a tailor, but he can't work because his back has given out. He doesn't even have enough money for Fanny's medicine. Finally, a black fellow appears from nowhere in the Mishkin kitchen. He says he's an angel from God, sent to help Mishkin. The black angel is even Jewish, named Alex Levine? But will Morris believe in the angel? And can the angel perform the miracle that he promises? Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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If he's an angel, imagine what God is like.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual references | See all certifications »
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In the end credits, the producers acknowledge the aid of The Ford Foundation who "...helped initiate the first apprentice program for minorities in the American film industry." See more »

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This was just soooo horrible
1 March 2008 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

I absolutely hate it when a film completely falls apart near the end, after you've already invested an hour into it. and that's what happened with this film. i was intrigued by its actors and the fact that malamud wrote its source story. I haven't gone to read that story but I cannot imagine that it ends like this film ends.Fortunately i didn't pay good money to see or rent it because my library had it. ohhhh such a waste of excellent acting (the wife in particular was so perfect).but milo o'shea as a Jew?!!!! now THAT was funny. I haven't researched into its making but it played like the director lost his marbles or died 3/4 of the way through the film. Before that point, a story and characters were developing,there were a number of neat plot points and there wasn't too much time wasted. but ooh that last 1/2 hour- if that wasn't the screwiest, most worthless denouement I've ever witnessed, I don't know what is. I just hate it when one's faith is so destroyed like that; it feels like an act of violence.


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Country:

USA

Language:

Hebrew | English

Release Date:

28 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Engel names Levin See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$427,800
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Belafonte Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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