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The Jazz Singer (1980)

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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of being a popular singer.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jess Robin / Yussel Rabinovitch
... Cantor Rabinovitch
... Molly Bell
... Rivka Rabinovitch
... Bubba
... Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar ... Eddie Gibbs
... Leo
... Paul Rossini
Luther Waters ... Teddy
Oren Waters ... Mel
Rod Gist ... Timmy
Walter Janovitz ... Rabbi Birnbaum (as Walter Janowitz)
Janet Brandt ... Aunt Tillie
... M.C. Cinderella Club
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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 Ted Kula <tkula@cs.wvu.edu>

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Drama | Music | Romance

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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Cantaretul de jazz  »

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$27,118,000
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Although Laurence Olivier thought the film was most likely going to be a commercial hit (his original reason for signing onto the project), he advised a friend of his who stated he was looking forward to the film against seeing it. See more »

Goofs

In New York at the end of the movie when Leo asks Jess to sing in his father's place, Molly and Jess 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 »

Quotes

Jess Robin: Hello?
Bubba: So how's my favorite white man?
Jess Robin: Bubba! How's L.A.? You still working on your tan?
Bubba: [laughs] Every day, Jess, every day.
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Referenced in Memories of Videodisc (1986) See more »

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You Baby
Words and Music by Neil Diamond
© 1978 Stonebridge Music
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Infamous flop
8 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

Dreadful piece of tripe was a career low point for all involved. Although I heard she is good on stage, a medium whose best performers often can not transition to pictures, Lucie Arnaz just did not possess the magnetism to be a film star. She's bland and uninteresting but even with that she still gives the best performance in the movie! Neil Diamond is a fine singer but as this movie proved his gifts did not reach to acting competency. The great Laurence Olivier sinks right along with the rest by giving a ham-hock of a performance, perhaps his worst ever. Badly directed and antiquated even when shot originally in the twenties this is a total miss.


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