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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 »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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 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
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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

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To Life! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew | Russian

Release Date:

3 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anatevka See more »

Filming Locations:

Gorica, Croatia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,726,942, 11 November 1979

Gross USA:

$10,404,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,404,330
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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
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Trivia

Norman Jewison: the voice of the rabbi who sings "Mazel tov, mazel tov" in Tevye's dream sequence. See more »

Goofs

When the family is preparing for the Sabbath, Golde tells Perchik to wash at the well, and she tells Hodel to help him. As they leave the room, Perchik goes out a side door and Hodel follows her sisters upstairs. 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!
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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 »

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Soundtracks

Do You Love Me?
(1964) (uncredited)
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Performed by Topol and Norma Crane
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One of the All-Time Great Musicals
19 September 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In pre-revolutionary Russia, a poor Jewish peasant (Topol) must contend with marrying off his three daughters while antisemitic sentiment threatens his home.

Let me say this right of the bat: while this film may focus on a Jewish family and their struggle to enter the modern world (which may be good or bad), you certainly do not need to be Jewish to enjoy it. I always felt like this film (and "Yentl") were marketed towards the Jewish community, but it need not be. It is just a great story with excellent songs.

I loved the singing, the dancing, the story, the humor, the characters... there was really nothing I disliked about it. I was a bit surprised the eldest daughter was not Barbra Streisand, because they look identical. But, oh well. And I am also a bit surprised that the director was not Jewish, especially with a name like Jewison... but hey, he did a marvelous job!


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