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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.

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Cast

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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19 January 1990 (USA)  »

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$317,670
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Maximilian Glick: [narrating] Listen, a Jewish boy's life starts with them cutting off his tip. Then, they spend the rest of his life trying to cut off the rest.
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Followed by Max Glick (1990) See more »

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Opus 118 No. 2
Johannes Brahms (as J. Brahms)
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Solid family entertainment
1 October 2000 | by See 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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