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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988)

A young Jewish adolescent from an overbearing family likes a Christian girl and is helped by a fun-loving rabbi.

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writers:

Phil Savath (screenplay), Morley Torgov (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Rubes ... Augustus Glick
Aaron Schwartz ... Henry Glick
Sharon Corder Sharon Corder ... Sarah Glick
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Bryna Glick
Ken Zelig Ken Zelig ... Morris Moskover
Howard Jerome Howard Jerome ... Zelig Peikes
Noam Zylberman ... Maximilian Glick
Alec McClure Alec McClure ... Sandy Lubchuk
Matthew Ball Matthew Ball ... Sarge Sargent
Nigel Bennett ... Derek Blackthorn
Joan Nakamoto Joan Nakamoto ... Shizuko Blackthorn
William Marantz William Marantz ... Rabbi Kaminsky
Casey Chisick Casey Chisick ... Bobby Rosenberg
Allan Stratton Allan Stratton ... Professor LaCoste
Rosalie Rudelier Rosalie Rudelier ... Mrs. Rosenberg
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Storyline

Maximilian Glick is an ordinary Jewish kid in a 1950's small town in Manitoba, Canada. Unfortunately, he is also saddled with overbearing parents, who are intent on railroading his life to meet their expectations of him. The most obvious examples are giving him a piano when he really wanted a bike and pushing him to study for his Bar Mitzfah. Unfortunately, both paths get bumpy when he is partnered with a Christian girl for duo piano playing. His prejudiced parents forbid Max to see her, and his rabbi is killed in an accident. That leads to the appointment of Rabbi Teitelman, an orthodox jew with a unorthodox fun loving look on life. Together, the two must find a way to fulfill their dreams and their own identities in a world that seems dead set against them doing that. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When Max was born they cut off his .... It's 13 years later, 1960, his BarMitzvah, and they're still at it!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

G
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Spark See more »

Filming Locations:

Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$317,670
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Maximilian Glick: [narrating] You may be surprised to find Jews in my home town of Beausejour, but like Rabbi Kaminsky said, Where there's oxygen, there's Jews.
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Followed by Max Glick (1990) See more »

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Freilach 42
Arranged & Performed by Finjan
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Solid family entertainment
1 October 2000 | by Tito-8See all my reviews

It's always refreshing to see intelligently written films that are suitable for kids, and I'm happy to say that this is one of them. Although it loses some momentum towards the end, this is a smart and frequently funny movie that has a good message as well. I think that people of all ages should be able to appreciate this film, and despite a few less-than-interesting moments, it is still a movie that's worth checking out.


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