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Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 December 1986 (USA)
Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to ... See full summary »

Director:

Gene Saks

Writers:

Neil Simon (play), Neil Simon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Silverman ... Eugene Morris Jerome
Blythe Danner ... Kate
Stacey Glick ... Laurie
Lisa Waltz ... Nora
Judith Ivey ... Blanche
Bob Dishy ... Jack
Brian Drillinger Brian Drillinger ... Stanley
James Handy ... Frank Murphy
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Mrs. Murphy
Steven Hill ... Mr. Stroheim
David Margulies ... Mr. Farber
Fyvush Finkel ... Mr. Greenblatt
Kathleen Doyle ... Mrs. Laski
Alan Weeks Alan Weeks ... Andrew
Marilyn Cooper Marilyn Cooper ... Woman in Street
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Storyline

Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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The heart-winning story based on his award-winning play. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,580,750, 28 December 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,957,943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was made and released about three years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1983. The original Broadway production of "Brighton Beach Memoirs" opened at the Alvin Theater on 27th March 1983 and transferred to the 46th Street Theatre on 26th February 1985. The play ran for a total of 1299 performances closing on 11th May 1986. The play was nominated for three 1983 Tony Awards, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Elizabeth Franz) and two for Best Featured Actor - Zeljko Ivanek and Matthew Broderick, with Broderick being the only successful actor to win. The New York Drama Critics Circle awarded "Brighton Beach Memoirs" the Best Play of its season. The play's setting is described in its intro as being "Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York. September, late 1930s". See more »

Quotes

[Eugene is watching his neighbor undress through a mini telescope]
Stanley: What are you doing?
Eugene: Astronomy. I have to bring in a report tomorrow.
Stanley: Let me know when she gets to the Milky Way.
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Followed by Laughter on the 23rd Floor (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

A Doinele A Volechl Geit
Written and arranged by Ray Musiker
Performed by The Neshoma Orchestra
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Terrific slice of life
2 July 1999 | by Al-164See all my reviews

This is without a doubt one of Neil Simon's best plays turned movies. It's full of great characters, and memorable dialog. Johnathan Silverman makes a great screen version of young Eugene(he was played by Matthew Broderick on stage).This is the first of Simon's autobiographical trilogy, its followed by the wonderful "Biloxi Blues", and closes with the TV movie "Broadway Bound". If I had to say the movie has any flaws it would maybe be that characters sometimes usually speak in obvious dialog, but that's alright because it's great dialog. Rent this little gem, you won't be sorry!


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