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.
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Did You Know?
once said of this movie while doing publicity for it: "It was a unique experience to come up with songs that would comment on the film's storyline, yet not intrude on it. People constantly ask me why, with all my success, I find moviemaking so special. I believe that film is perhaps the greatest form of mass communication, as well as an art form, fulfilling all the elements of people's fantasies, Besides, it's a natural progression for most in the music business. Bing Crosby
did it, (Frank) Sinatra and Elvis (Presley) did it, John Denver
, Helen Reddy
, Bette Midler
, (Barbra) Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
have all done it. It's tricky, and you have to be lucky, but the success rate is high. By making a movie, we allow our music to reach countless millions around the world. It's a challenge combining all our performing elements. Without that challenge, we grow stale." See more
When Jess first sits down to write Love on the Rocks in his bathrobe there is a menorah on the table near a beer can. The next shot of the table a minute later reveals the menorah is gone and the beer can is turned. See more
[Watching as Keith Lennox does a rock version of "Love on the Rocks"
He's just kidding around, right?
No, they're doing it for real.
This song's supposed to be a ballad.
That's his style, mister. Made him a millionaire.
Yeah, but the thing is it's too fast. You can't hear the words.
Yeah, that's why we brought you down here. He changed the tempo. You got to change the lyrics.
[Whistles, then screaming at the top of his lungs
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Songs of Life
Words and Music by Neil Diamond
and Gilbert Bécaud
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Alan E. Lindgren
© 1980 Stonebridge Music and EMA Suisse See more