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A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

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Barbra Streisand

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Yentl
Mandy Patinkin ... Avigdor
Amy Irving ... Hadass
Nehemiah Persoff ... Reb Mendel 'Papa'
Steven Hill ... Reb Alter Vishkower
Allan Corduner ... Shimmele
Ruth Goring Ruth Goring ... Esther Rachel
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Rabbi Zalman (as David De Keyser)
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... Tailor
Doreen Mantle ... Mrs. Shaemen
Lynda Baron Lynda Baron ... Peshe (as Lynda Barron)
Jack Lynn Jack Lynn ... Bookseller
Anna Tzelniker Anna Tzelniker ... Mrs. Kovner
Miriam Margolyes ... Sarah
Mary Henry Mary Henry ... Mrs. Jacobs
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Storyline

Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Written by grantss

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A film with music. See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

6 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Йентл See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,768, 20 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,218,899
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | 4-Track Stereo (Dolby Magnetic 35mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After Heaven's Gate (1980) lost nearly all of its $40 million budget, this movie was almost canceled. Between its starting budget and storyline, studio heads felt it wouldn't sell tickets. See more »

Goofs

Anshel's suit coat is buttoned as if it were a woman's coat. It's not a flipped shot; Avigdor is wearing a man's coat in the same frame. See more »

Quotes

Yentl: Why is it that every book I buy, every bookseller has the same old argument?
Yentl's Father: You know why.
Yentl: I envy them.
Yentl's Father: The booksellers?
Yentl: No, not the booksellers, the students. Talking about life, the mysteries of the universe and I'm learning how to tell a herring from a carp.
Yentl's Father: Yentl, for the thousandth time, men and women..."
Yentl: [cuts him off] have different obligations, I know, but...
Yentl's Father: [cuts her off] and don't ask why.
Yentl's Father: [sees her disappointment] Go on, get the book.
Yentl: Thank you, papa!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits: This film is dedicated to my father... and to all our fathers. See more »

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Soundtracks

Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way?
(uncredited)
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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A TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENT
29 September 2004 | by joelovesbabsSee all my reviews

Reading the few awfully and derogatorily negative reviews for this film here on the IMDb, it still befuddles me about the total oppression and negativity that people throw out of their mouths without expressing themselves in a more precise and intelligent manner, mainly on a film that presents such important issues and social commentaries. Even though the film is set in the past, all it says is still very noteworthy and easy to relate to in the past few decades and definitely in the decades to come.

YENTL is a film to be shared and enjoyed regardless of ethnicity, religion or background. Its universality speaks and raises voices to different generations and social groups.

Motivational, moving and exquisitely shot with rich period flavor and mood (AND THIS IS WITHOUT HAVING SEEN THE DVD YET, SINCE IT IS NOT AVAILABLE, AND MS. STREISAND HERSELF NOTED THAT THE COLOR TINT ON THE VHS TAPE IS INCORRECT, SOMETHING SHE HAD CORRECTED FOR THE UPCOMING DVD), this is the type of story about conquering your fears and stop at nothing to achieve your dreams that is fatally missing from films in our present time.

If there is an aspect to this movie that is the most formidable, it's the music and songs in it that's what is most successful about it, since they carry the story as it progresses through its tale of passion, love, struggle and perseverance.

Ignorance has kept the film from being enjoyed and appreciated by several groups and individuals. Hopefully someday they will find the courage and wit to understand such incredible gem.

"NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE"


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