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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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Jack Rosenthal (screenplay), Barbra Streisand (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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In a time when the world of study belonged only to men, there lived a girl who dared to ask why? See more »

Genres:

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

Features Amy Irving's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

When Yentl sings "Papa, Can You Hear Me?" her glasses are laid down in front of her. They have modern temple and ear pieces. In other scenes Yentl's glasses are the old-fashioned, wrap-around-the-ear-style glasses. 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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Referenced in Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

A Piece of Sky
(uncredited)
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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yentl -- not gentle...on the ears
15 March 2005 | by zmc1965zmcSee all my reviews

This might be the worst film ever made, and is possibly worth seeing for that reason alone. Streisand is laughably unbelievable as a young woman posing as a man in order to study Judaism. The soundtrack is torturous, featuring Barbara belting out some of the weakest blather ever put to film. And don't even get me started on the plot. You will actually get more chuckles out of this film than many comedies because it is soooooooo terrible. The rampant ego of Streisand, thinking she could somehow raise this stinker to Oscar heights, led to this disaster. I'm pretty sure the novelist, Isaac Bashevis Singer, hated this film and never forgave Streisand. I can't blame him. This movie is like watching a car wreck in slow motion for two hours with the soundtrack of 'The Sound of Music' being played backwards on an old turntable. It's truly that bad. I'm amazed that anyone from Streisand enjoyed this movie on the level that it was intended.


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