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Avalon (1990)

PG | | Drama | 19 October 1990 (USA)
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A Polish-Jewish family comes to the USA at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. There, the family and their children try to make themselves a better future in the so-called promised land.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Fuchs ... Hymie Krichinsky
... Dottie Kirk
... Gabriel Krichinsky
... Sam Krichinsky
... Ann Kaye
... Eva Krichinsky
... Izzy Kirk
... Jules Kaye
Israel Rubinek ... Nathan Krichinsky
... Michael Kaye
... Teddy Kirk
Mindy Loren Isenstein ... Mindy Kirk
Shifra Lerer ... Nellie Krichinsky
... Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek ... Faye Krichinsky
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A Polish-Jewish family arrives in the US at the beginning of the century and they and their children try to build themselves a better future in the promised land. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Three generations of family. They shared a dream called America in a place called Avalon.

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19 October 1990 (USA)  »

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Авалон  »

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$15,740,796
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Some of Barry Levinson's relatives appear in the scene of Eva's funeral, which is based on the funeral of his own grandmother. When he started directing them, one of his cousins said, "Barry, we know what to do - we did this once before already." See more »

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Armin Mueller-Stahl (who plays Sam Krichinsky) has hazel eyes, while the actor playing him as a younger man (Michael Krauss) has brown eyes. See more »

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Sam Krichinsky: I came to America in 1914 - by way of Philadelphia. That's where I got off the boat. And then I came to Baltimore. It was the most beautiful place you ever seen in your life. There were lights everywhere! What lights they had! It was a celebration of lights! I thought they were for me, Sam, who was in America. Sam was in America! I didn't know what holiday it was, but there were lights. And I walked under them. The sky exploded, people cheered, there were fireworks! What a welcome ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over a photograph of Avalon, which begins as a sharp color photograph, but fades into a worn black-and-white picture at the end. See more »

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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

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You Go to My Head
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
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American Paradise Lost
21 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is a powerful depiction of the loss of innocence experienced by so many immigrants who came to this country, believing it was a veritable promised land. Slowly and subtly, Levinson shows how their once close families are pulled apart by the demands of the culture. From the flight of the middle class to the suburbs and the loss of traditional business values, the transformations our society underwent in the post-war period are captured here with masterful storytelling. Watch how television gradually becomes the center of the home, rather than the family table. The turkey scene, as funny as it is, is profound. The extended family is falling apart, as the geographical distance afforded by the automobile grows.

The acting is tremendous. The performances of Quinn, Perkins, Muehler-Stahl and Plowright are worth the purchase alone. But don't miss young Elijah Wood in his first major film role.

This movie is one to treasure and revisit year after year--how about at Thanksgiving... :)


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