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.
Three generations of family. They shared a dream called America in a place called Avalon.
Did You Know?
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
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
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 ...
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
You Go to My Head
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie See more