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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.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Lillian
Vanessa Redgrave ... Julia
Jason Robards ... Hammett
Maximilian Schell ... Johann
Hal Holbrook ... Alan
Rosemary Murphy ... Dottie
Meryl Streep ... Anne Marie
Dora Doll ... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger
John Glover ... Sammy
Lisa Pelikan ... Young Julia
Susan Jones Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Undertaker
Mark Metcalf ... Pratt
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

20 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Júlia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400, 31 December 1977
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Fred Zinnemann was unaware that screenwriter Alvin Sargent had appeared in Zinnemann's earlier film, From Here to Eternity as the man who tells Prewitt of Maggio beaten to death by Fatso, until Sargent told him about it when both of them met in London before filming began. Zinnemann chose Sargent largely because his script, originally as a work sample, being the most impressive of all the samples sent by potential screenwriters that would be chosen for his supposed-to-be project. After reading the first 10 pages of an early draft, Zinnemann decided to abandon his earlier project and moved into this film instead. See more »

Goofs

The same locomotive is pulling the train from Berlin to Moscow even though it is a different train. In addition, a single steam locomotive would never have been used from Paris to Berlin, let alone Paris to Moscow. See more »

Quotes

Lillian: You have no right to turn up your nose. Your life's no closed book. No one's scott free. After all, the whole world knows about you and Julia.
Lillian: What does the whole world know, Sammy? What does the world know?
Sammy: Don't be that way. I'm a sophisticated man. If anybody understands the sex urge of the adolescent girl, it's me.
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Connections

Referenced in Searching for Debra Winger (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Night and Day
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played by a band aboard ship
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Julia Forty Years Later
20 April 2017 | by danielledecolombieSee 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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