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Skokie (1981)

A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Max Feldman
John Rubinstein ... Herb Lewisohn
Carl Reiner ... Abbot Rosen
Kim Hunter ... Bertha Feldman
Eli Wallach ... Bert Silverman
Brian Dennehy ... Police Chief Arthur Buchanan
George Dzundza ... Frank Collin
Ed Flanders ... Mayor Albert J. Smith
Charles Levin ... Rabbi Steinberg
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Aryeh Neier
James Sutorius ... David Hamlin
Lee Strasberg ... Morton Weisman
Marin Kanter ... Janet Feldman
Robin Bartlett ... JDL Girl
David Hurst ... Sol Goldstein
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Storyline

This is the story of some modern day Nazi activists who plan to march through the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie. The town officials tell the citizens to ignore them cause there's nothing that they can do. But one citizen (Kaye) who's a death camp survivor says that he was told this nearly forty years ago in Germany and before he knew it he was in a concentration camp. He says this time if they march, he will not ignore them; he will take action. So, the mayor does what he can to stop them, so the Nazi's leader (Dzundza) goes to the ACLU, and the Jewish lawyer (Rubinstein) he speaks to, says that this is a violation of the First Ammendment and takes the case to court. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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aclu | jewish | march | nazi | neo nazi | See All (21) »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Between two brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This would be the final appearance of Danny Kaye before motion picture cameras, and the last of only two dramatic performances. The other performance being the "Ragpicker," in the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) starring Katharine Hepburn. See more »

Goofs

One actress seen in the synagogue protesting the Nazi march is seen later in the ACLU office answering phones and defending the Nazi march. See more »

Quotes

Frank Collin: I'm the leader here. Do you hear me? I'm the leader here!
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Skoke- ...And the Scum that Tried to March Through It ****
1 May 2010 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Danny Kaye again showed his talents as a brilliant dramatic actor in this 1981 television movie.

He plays a Holocaust survivor who has settled in Skokie, Illinois after the war. Skokie has become a predominantly Jewish town and the serenity of the area is threatened with the Nazi garbage threatening to march through the town to cause the reopening of nightmarish wounds, fear and trepidation among the Jewish citizenry of the town.

As the spokesman, Kaye conveys those fears but is adamant that the garbage shall not march. His voice is etched with unbelievable feeling as he will do anything in his power to thwart the threatened march.

As the Nazi leader leading such a march, George Dzundza is quite effective as Nazi Frank Collin. Filled with hatred, and contempt for humanity, Dzundza also etched an unforgettable character. Of course, the picture belongs to Kaye and he received an Emmy nomination for best actor for it.

There is only so much that an afflicted people can take- 1st amendment rights or not.


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