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Bar Mitzvah Boy 

On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

Director:

Michael Tuchner

Writer:

Jack Rosenthal (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Steyn Jeremy Steyn ... Eliot Green
Maria Charles Maria Charles ... Rita Green
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Victor Green
Adrienne Posta ... Lesley Green
Jonathan Lynn ... Harold
Cyril Shaps ... Grandad Wax
Jack Lynn Jack Lynn ... Rabbi Sherman
Pamela Manson Pamela Manson ... Sylvia
Sabina Michael Sabina Michael ... Salon Customer
Harry Landis ... Solly
Harold Reese Harold Reese ... Synagogue Warden
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Caretaker
Kim Clifford ... Denise
Mark Herman Mark Herman ... Squidge
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On the eve of his Bar Mitzvah, young Elliot finds that all the grown men in his life are somewhat wanting.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1977 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cyril Shaps who played the maternal grandfather was only six years older than Maria Charles who played the mother. See more »

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One of the best summations of Jewish life ever put on celluloid
1 January 2007 | by waterofleithSee all my reviews

I ran home in a hurricane-level rainstorm to be sure I got this on tape when it was re-run, alas, for the final time, on American television in the mid-1980s. And what's sadder is that the storm made most of it into screen dust. My parents, Ruth and Ted Levine, were still alive, back then, and they just ate this film up. It's a funny, poignant, and oddly transnational expression of the notion of Jewish life; and it contains what is, for me, still, one of the best short rabbinic speeches about the nature of G-d you will ever hear. I have truly never seen a short film capture better the nature of the Jewish family with its all short-comings and glories.


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