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Daniel (1983)

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Daniel Isaacson attempts to determine the true complicity of his parents Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed for espionage in the 1950s.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (novel), E.L. Doctorow (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Hutton ... Daniel Isaacson
Mandy Patinkin ... Paul Isaacson
Lindsay Crouse ... Rochelle Isaacson
Edward Asner ... Jacob Ascher
Ellen Barkin ... Phyllis Isaacson
Julie Bovasso ... Frieda Stein
Tovah Feldshuh ... Linda Mindish
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Selig Mindish
Carmen Mathews ... Mrs. Ascher
Norman Parker ... East Bronx Children's Shelter Director
Amanda Plummer ... Susan Isaacson
Lee Richardson ... Reporter
John Rubinstein ... Robert Lewin
Colin Stinton ... Dale
Maria Tucci ... Lise Lewin
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Storyline

The fictionalized story of Daniel, the son of Paul and Rochelle Isaacson, who were executed as Soviet spies in the 1950s. As a graduate student in New York in the 1960s, Daniel is involved in the antiwar protest movement and contrasts his experiences to the memory of his parents and his belief that they were wrongfully convicted. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Daniel, Passado Sem Resgate See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,859, 28 August 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$276,814, 25 September 1984
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The stark, blueish look of the late 1960s scenes was accomplished by deliberately not using usual lens filters for white balance. See more »

Alternate Versions

NBC edited 33 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Batman (1989) See more »

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Good actors courting disaster...a melodramatic, infernal mess
21 December 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

"Daniel" should have been an intricate, devastating account of ruined lives, another "Long Day's Journey into Night". With director Sidney Lumet at the helm and great actors on-board, audiences in 1983 were probably expecting a masterpiece. The first problem with this film about the traumatized American son and daughter of internationally-scandalized parents--convicted and put to death for spying for the Soviets in the 1950s--belongs in its own scenario; screenwriter E. L. Doctorow, adapting his novel "The Book of Daniel", and Lumet made a big fuss over the lineage of their piece, claiming it was in no way a portrait of real-life executed spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who left behind two sons. Of course it is, which makes all the dropped hints and 'fictionalized' details that much more annoying. A second problem--and a much larger one--lies in Doctorow's writing, which shuts the audience out early on. "Daniel" isn't a witty or chatty examination of past-and-present events; it's a dirge-like tale that holds any sort of clever banter in contempt. Lumet loves shouting actors on the screen, and here he keeps everyone hollering until there's nothing left to listen to (and nothing to look at except pained expressions). Timothy Hutton is miscast as Daniel; Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Ellen Barkin and Amanda Plummer are all wasted on unplayable material. * from ****


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