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In 1939, Daniel (Ronnie Scribner), a young Jewish boy, and his attorney-father, fight against prejudice in a New England town.

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Dan Curtis

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Hindi Brooks (story), Lee Hutson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Jones ... Ed Cooper
Joan Hackett ... Millie Cooper
Ronnie Scribner ... Daniel
Louanne ... Sarah
Donald Moffat ... Josef Kaplan
Andrew Duggan ... Sam Wiggins
David Baron David Baron ... Freddy Landauer Jr.
Michael McGuire ... Lieutenant O'Hare
Lee de Broux ... Fred Landauer Sr.
Baruch Lumet ... Rabbi
Gloria Calomee Gloria Calomee ... Clementine
Leigh French ... Frances Haley
John Karlen ... Duane Haley
Tiger Williams Tiger Williams ... Charlie Wilson
Adam Gunn Adam Gunn ... Howie Martin
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In 1939, Daniel (Ronnie Scribner), a young Jewish boy, and his attorney-father, fight against prejudice in a New England town.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1980 (USA) See more »

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The Coopers See more »

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Dan Curtis Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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You can never go back.
28 October 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins around the time of the second Lewis-Schmeling fight in the late 1930s. Antisemetism and other prejudices pull a nice Jewish family out of their everyday routines--and the film ends with a ridiculous scene involving President Roosevelt that made me want to retch--especially since he was far from a friend to the Jewish refugees (despite how he's portrayed in the film). There is another parallel story involving a bully whose father is with the American Bund--and is a much more engaging story.

In 1978, the made for TV movie "Every Day Was Like the Fourth of July" debuted. It was a wonderful slice of life film and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Two years later, a followup film was released with the same characters. However, aside from Dean Jones in the lead, the rest of his family was played by different actors. This is confusing, as, for example, his cute blonde daughter is now younger and with bobbed dark brown hair! They just didn't look at all the same. And, sadly, the film just isn't written as well. In fact, a few times the film made me wince. It's not terrible...but it certainly lacks the appeal of the first film.

By the way, both films are on one DVD and it's worth seeing just for the first film.


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