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In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and... See more »

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Professor David Malter
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Reb Saunders
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Danny Saunders
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Reuven Malter
Hildy Brooks ...
Mrs. Saunders
Kaethe Fine ...
Shaindel Saunders
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Baseball Coach
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Levi Saunders (as Robert Burke)
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Davey
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Sidney Goldberg
Douglas Warhit ...
Sam
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Schwartzi (as Jeff Marcus)
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1st Baseman
Richard Lifschutz ...
Hassidic Coach
Clement Fowler ...
Doctor
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Bully
Richard Ziman ...
Bully
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Bully
E.D. Miller ...
Umpire
Jack Hollander ...
Psychology Professor
Elaine Goren ...
V.E. Day Woman
Kathryn Conners ...
V.E. Day Woman
Iva Rifkin ...
V.E. Day Woman (as Iva March)
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Teacher
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Fighting Student
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Fighting Student
Stephen Hanan ...
Man with Leaflets
Naama Potok ...
Party Guest
Laura Delano ...
Party Guest
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Party Guest
David Ellin ...
Optometrist
Tony Munafo ...
Watchman
Chaim Potok ...
Talmud Teacher
Eli Webberman ...
Bal Tfilah (as Rabbi Eli Webberman)
Ed Herlihy ...
Newsreel Announcer
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Radio Announcer
Bob Drew ...
Radio Announcer
Abraham Katz ...
Cantor
Zvee Scooler ...
Bal Koreh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Moskin ...
Softball Player (uncredited)
Hal Panchansky ...
Hassidic Baseball Player (uncredited)
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Batter-Ball Player (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jeremy Kagan ... (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Written by

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Chaim Potok ... (novel)
 
Edwin Gordon ... (screenplay)

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Jonathan Bernstein ... executive producer
Steven Douglas Brown ... co-producer
Roger Harrison ... associate producer
Edie Landau ... producer
Ely A. Landau ... producer

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Arthur J. Ornitz

Film Editing by

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David Garfield

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Gina Brown ... first assistant editor

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Stuart Wurtzel

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Ruth Morley

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Joseph Coscia ... hair designer / makeup designer
Allen Weisinger ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Mort Abrahams ... executive in charge of production
Barbara De Fina ... unit manager
Mel Howard ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yudi Bennett ... first assistant director
Henry Bronchtein ... second assistant director

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Frank Didio ... head carpenter
Ron Petagna ... construction coordinator

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Jack C. Jacobsen ... sound mixer
Kim Maitland ... sound recordist
Tod A. Maitland ... boom operator
Han Neuman ... supervising sound editor
Michael P. Redbourn ... sound effects editor
Vanessa Theme Ament ... foley artist (uncredited)
James Perdue ... sound (uncredited)

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Victor Magnotta ... stunt coordinator
Konrad Sheehan ... stunts

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Holly Bower ... still photographer
Joseph Di Pasquale ... first assistant camera
Dan Lerner ... Steadicam operator
Mark Melendez ... lighting technician
Robert Paone ... assistant camera
Robert Poame ... Steadicam operator
Donald Sweeney ... camera operator

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Greg Fauss ... assistant costumer
Fred Grryb ... assistant costumer
Jennifer Nichols ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Victor Kempster ... location coordinator
Tom Razzano ... location manager

Music Department

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Kathy Durning ... music editor
Henry Sapoznik ... musician
Dan Wallin ... music scoring mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Renee Bodner ... script supervisor
Steven Douglas Brown ... production associate
Joseph Harris ... production associate
Roger Harrison ... production associate
Tom Miller ... unit publicist
Tom Razzano ... unit coordinator
Jeff Stolow ... unit coordinator

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Plot Summary

Brooklyn 1944. Despite being the same age, having grown up within blocks of each other, and both being Jewish, late teens Danny Saunders and Reuven Malter don't really know each other - knowing each other only by name and by sight - as Orthodox Danny stays largely within his own Hasidic community, which is just fine in Reuven's mind. An incident between the two which on the surface threatens to tear them even further apart instead blossoms into a friendship between the two. They begin to learn more and more about the other and their lives, which for Danny includes becoming a rabbi, solely as it is a several generations old family calling. In Reb Saunders' mind, he who rules his family by strict Hasidic traditions, Danny becoming the next rabbi in the family is not even a question, despite Danny, deep in his heart, wanting other secular pursuits which he has not told his father. Conversely, Reuven has modern sensibilities, being raised in a two-person household by his widowed academic father, Professor David Malter. Ultimately, the views of each father may tear Danny and Reuven's friendship apart, regardless of whether each son believes wholeheartedly in what his father espouses. Professor Malter is a confirmed Zionist who believes in a secular Jewish state in Palestine, while Reb Saunders believes such thinking against Judaism, with only the Messiah being able to lead his people into such. As they grow into adulthood, Danny and Reuven becoming his own man may further alter their relationship. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • L'élu (France)
  • Los elegidos (Spain)
  • Elegidos del gheto (Spain)
  • Isät ja jumalat (Finland)
  • Wybrancy (Poland)
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  • 108 min
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Trivia Maximilien Schell and Rod Steiger apparently swapped roles just before production begun. See more »
Goofs When Reuven and Danny go into Danny's bedroom on Shabbat (Sabbath) afternoon, Danny turns on a light. No Hasid would ever think to turn on a light on Shabbat. See more »
Movie Connections Features Thrill of a Romance (1945). See more »
Soundtracks Summer Bop See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Reuven Malter: There is a story in the Talmud about a king who had a son who went astray. The son was told, 'Return to your father.' The son replied that he could not. The king then sent a messenger to the son with the message... 'Come back to me as far as you can, and I will meet you the rest of the way.
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