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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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Barry Levinson

Writer:

Barry Levinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Fuchs Leo Fuchs ... Hymie Krichinsky
Eve Gordon ... Dottie Kirk
Lou Jacobi ... Gabriel Krichinsky
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Sam Krichinsky
Elizabeth Perkins ... Ann Kaye
Joan Plowright ... Eva Krichinsky
Kevin Pollak ... Izzy Kirk
Aidan Quinn ... Jules Kaye
Israel Rubinek Israel Rubinek ... Nathan Krichinsky
Elijah Wood ... Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt ... Teddy Kirk
Mindy Loren Isenstein Mindy Loren Isenstein ... Mindy Kirk
Shifra Lerer Shifra Lerer ... Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern ... Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek 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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Авалон See more »

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Gross USA:

$15,740,796
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The slivovitz (a.k.a. "block and fall") the immigrant brothers recall their father drinking ("he never drank water, only slivovitz") is a real type of high-proof Hungarian plum brandy or schnapps made with the same kind of plums that give Sloe Gin its flavor. Slivovitz is not a brand name, but a generic term for this type of drink, and a definition of it can be found in some dictionaries. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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If I Only Had a Match
Written by Lee Morris, Arthur Johnston & George W. Meyer
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Wonderful walk down memory lane
12 January 2005 | by bondfan3See all my reviews

Although this film takes place 15 years before I was born, growing up in an ethnic family in the early 60's had changed very little.

My family is Greek, but this film will appeal to any ethnic group especially first or second generation Americans. Back then we all still gathered at one member's home for holidays and on Sundays. We all dressed up (and still do) for church and holiday gatherings. Watching little Elijah Wood with his bow tie reminded me of myself at that age.

Mr. Levinson through film, and Randy Newman through his haunting musical score did a magnificent job of recreating a world that has all but disappeared. A time when family was the center of our lives, children respected the adults and were expected to behave in a civilized manner, people didn't spend Sundays running all over town to football, soccer games etc, and the elder members of the family were revered instead of ignored or worse, placed in a home.

We, those of us in the post-war generation would to well to look at this film as a guideline for how to bring values back into our lives and realize that we all need to re-think our priorities.

If you want to relive your childhood for 2 1/2 hours laugh one minute and cry the next, I HIGHLY recommend this film


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