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Julia (1977)

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.



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Won 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lillian
... Julia
... Hammett
... Johann
... Alan
... Dottie
... Anne Marie
... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger
... Sammy
... Young Julia
Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
... Grandmother
Maurice Denham ... Undertaker
... Pratt


This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by Jwelch5742

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The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death. See more »




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Release Date:

20 January 1978 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Júlia  »


Box Office


$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400, 31 December 1977
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Meryl Streep's movie debut. See more »


When Lillian (Jane Fonda) is Entering The Tuileries Garden with Johann (Maximilian Schell) in The Long Shot;The Windshields of Modern Day Cars Can Be Seen "Zooming" Past (The Louvre) Faster Than Cars of the Time Period Would. See more »


Lillian: I am Paris.
Julia: I am Paris and I am a string of beads
Lillian: Now wait a minute - I am Paris and I am a string of beads - on a hot dancer.
Julia: I'm Paris, I'm a string of beads on a hot dancer, On the outside - it is Renoir and Degas.
Lillian: I am Paris and I am a string of beads on a hot dancer. And outside, it is...
Julia: Renoir...
Lillian: Renoir and Degas. And inside - is hard and hot.
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Referenced in Prisoner: Episode #1.263 (1982) See more »


My Blue Heaven
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played on a record and Danced by Lisa Pelikan and Susan Jones
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Julia Forty Years Later
20 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

To rediscover Julia in 2017 is an absolute thrill. It was thrilling the first time round but, as it happens, nine times out of ten, thrills don't travel well. Here is the exception. Time, through Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave has added an extra coat of guts and truth. They were magnificent then and they are magnificent now. As actresses, as women. The friendship of Lilli and Julia is a landmark of historical, artistic and human proportions. Fred Zinnemann, the director, clearly knew what he was dealing with, brilliantly. Julia also counts with the extraordinary Jason Robards as Dashiel Hammett and, my goodness, Meryl Streep! in a small but memorable part, making her film debut. I believe this is one of those rare films that will be relevant for ever.

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