In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Sholom Aleichem (adapted from stories) (as Sholem Aleichem), Arnold Perl (adapted from Sholem Aleichem stories by special arrangement with) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
2,855 ( 42)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Topol ... Tevye
Norma Crane ... Golde
Leonard Frey ... Motel
Molly Picon ... Yente
Paul Mann Paul Mann ... Lazar Wolf
Rosalind Harris ... Tzeitel
Michele Marsh ... Hodel
Neva Small ... Chava
Paul Michael Glaser ... Perchik (as Michael Glaser)
Ray Lovelock ... Fyedka (as Raymond Lovelock)
Elaine Edwards Elaine Edwards ... Shprintze
Candy Bonstein Candy Bonstein ... Bielke
Shimen Ruskin ... Mordcha
Zvee Scooler ... Rabbi
Louis Zorich ... Constable
Edit

Storyline

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jews and Orthodox Christians live in the little village of Anatevka in the pre-revolutionary Russia of the Czars. Among the traditions of the Jewish community, the matchmaker arranges the match and the father approves it. The milkman Reb Tevye is a poor man that has been married for twenty-five years with Golde and they have five daughters. When the local matchmaker Yente arranges the match between his older daughter Tzeitel and the old widow butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye agrees with the wedding. However Tzeitel is in love with the poor tailor Motel Kamzoil and they ask permission to Tevye to get married that he accepts to please his daughter. Then his second daughter Hodel (Michele Marsh) and the revolutionary student Perchik decide to marry each other and Tevye is forced to accept. When Perchik is arrested by the Czar troops and sent to Siberia, Hodel decides to leave her family and homeland and travel to Siberia to be with her beloved Perchik.... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

To Life! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The composers original idea was to base the musical on a novel about a touring jewish theatre company in eastern Europe. However, Joseph Stein who was hired to write the libretto (book) felt it couldnt be musicalised and instead suggested adapting the 'Tevye' stories by Sholem Aleichem, set in pre-revolutionary Russia. See more »

Goofs

When Perchik and Hodel are dancing for the first time, Perchik has his hat on, but as they finish and he says, "There. We've just changed an old custom," his hat is missing, and in the next scene in the barn, he has his hat back on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tevye: A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask 'Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: tradition!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Topol and the cast sing "Tradition" without any opening credits rolling. At the end of the number, the fiddler, standing on the left of the screen, launches into an extensive solo while the opening credits roll on the right of the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released at 181 minutes (with an intermission), later trimmed for 1979 reissue to 149 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tevye's Daughters (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Tradition (reprise)
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Performed by Topol
See more »

User Reviews

A Gentile who loves the movie and always sheds tear
23 September 2011 | by rugbylaneSee all my reviews

I LOVE this musical but I weep a little always for the Yiddish culture lost forever. The world is so much poorer.

I apologise for straying from the artistic merit to linger on the loss to Humanity

Nevertheless this film is a permanent record of the fact that we enjoyed a wondrous Yiddish culture in our midst in Europe but after a series of Pogroms culminating in the Holocaust the heart was ripped out of our culture here in Europe

The music, the humour, the humanity, gone forever from the Heart of Europa. Europe's loss

Irish Gentile


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 175 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Russian

Release Date:

3 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiddler on the Roof See more »

Filming Locations:

Martinska Ves, Croatia See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,726,942, 11 November 1979

Gross USA:

$10,404,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,405,457
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)| Mono (35 mm prints)| Stereo (35 mm mag-optical prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed