Neil Diamond stars in this motion picture as Yussel Rabinovitch, a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career outside the synagogue in popular music as Jess Robin. Against the wishes of his rigid father and his loving wife, Yussel travels from New York City to Los Angeles to play his music. Swept up by the excitement, he meets a spunky manager who believes in his talent and shares his dream. He grows apart from his family, and becomes confused about what he should ultimately do with his life.Written by
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Sound mixer Tom Overton said of this movie's sound recording and four 24-track music recording machines: "People are too sophisticated today to sit through a movie filmed to playback music. They want to hear what they see, and that's the way we're doing it. Neil Diamond's songs and score sound just great. We're a hell of a way from those dear old Vitaphone days to which we all owe so much." See more »
In New York at the movie's ending, when Leo asks Jess to sing in his father's place, Jess and Molly argue at the piano. Both Jess and Molly are wearing wedding rings. Later that night, when Jess goes to reconcile with his father, he is no longer wearing a wedding ring. See more »
I've seen this movie about five times (well spaced out . . .) and each time I'm shocked anew at how bad it is; each time I laugh out loud at scene after scene.
The closest comparison is Spinal Tap . . . except, incredibly, this wasn't meant to be a comedy!
The plot is high on melodrama, the music is high on schmaltz, and Larry Olivier must have been high on something. High points: New wave version of "Love on the Rocks", and Neil shouting "What happened to the groove?" as he storms out of the studio.
Seriously, though, if you want to know how the music industry really works, this is an excellent, gritty tutorial.
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