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Avalon (1990)

PG | | Drama | 19 October 1990 (USA)
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A Polish-Jewish family comes to the U.S. 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.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writer:

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

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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 U.S. at the beginning of the twentieth 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

Certificate:

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Trivia

Barry Levinson: [Ralph Tabakin] Ralph (Principal Dunn) has appeared in every Levinson picture from Diner (1982) to Liberty Heights (1999). See more »

Goofs

As the two cousins head to the store in a Studebaker convertible the next overhead shot shots them pulling up in a Chevrolet convertible same color. See more »

Quotes

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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 At the Movies: Oscar Nomination Surprises for 1990 (1991) See more »

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Bésame Mucho (Kiss Me Much)
Written by Consuelo Velázquez (as Consuelo Velazquez) & Sunny Skylar
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The best family film of the '90's, bar none!
7 October 1999 | by BobLibSee all my reviews

If you want a film that celebrates a way of life that's almost gone, that's well-acted in every department, and that gives you a major case of the warm fuzzies in a way the movies seem to have forgotten how to, Barry Levinson's "Avalon" is definitely it.

First, let's examine the cast: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Elijah Wood (some ten years pre-"LOTR"), Joan Plowright and Lou Jacobi ("Time to make the donuts!") all give fine, understated performances. Mueller-Stahl, in particular, is the sort of gentle, old-world grandfather anyone might have wished for.

But, as I said earlier, what this film is mainly about is a loving salute to a way of life that's almost gone. As a second generation American growing up in New York, what strikes me about "Avalon" is how real it all is, especially if you grew up in this era, as I did. Young Michael Kaye might have been myself in many ways. And a recent family reunion brought this feeling all back again.

A Wonderful, warm movie. See it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

19 October 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$226,613, 8 October 1990

Gross USA:

$15,740,796

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,779,578
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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