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Alan & Naomi (1992)

PG | | Drama, Family | 31 January 1992 (USA)
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Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis.


Myron Levoy (novel), Jordan Horowitz (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lukas Haas ... Alan Silverman
Vanessa Zaoui Vanessa Zaoui ... Naomi Kirschenbaum
Michael Gross ... Sol Silverman
Amy Aquino ... Ruth Silverman
Kevin Connolly ... Shaun Kelly
Zohra Lampert ... Mrs. Liebman
Victoria Christian ... Mrs. Kirschenbaum
Charlie Dow Charlie Dow ... Joe Condello
Randy Williams Randy Williams ... Ken Newman
Mary McMillan ... Mrs. Landley
Richard K. Olsen ... Finch
Stacey Moseley ... Gloria
Mark Fincannon ... Mr. Kirschenbaum
Becky Wyatt Becky Wyatt ... Norma
Derek Knott Derek Knott ... Larry Dennison


Set in the forties. A young Jewish boy is called on by his parents to help a young girl come out of her shell, imposed after she watched her father die at the hands of the Nazis.

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

31 January 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan E Naomi See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA


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Color (Allied)
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Did You Know?


After admitting to his parents that he was playing stickball instead of visiting Naomi on the fourth day, Alan throws himself face-up on the couch and puts a newspaper over his face while his shirttails, which are not tucked in, fall back revealing his stomach (at 0:33:39 on the Feature Films for Families version and again at 0:34:25). As his father comes to the couch Alan's shirttails are neatly arranged, covering his stomach and belt (at 0:34:36). See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2003 Feature Films for Families released an edited version of 'Alan & Naomi' on both VHS tape and DVD with a 92m:01s run time (despite "approx. 87 minutes" on the DVD case). A 28 second Feature Films for Families logo clip was added at the beginning as was a 5 second "CINAR Presents" screen, replacing the original "LEUCADIA FILM CORPORATION AND THE MALTESE COMPANIES Present" screen. Nothing was cut from the ending credits, but a 5 second CINAR logo clip and a 13 second Feature Films for Families screen were added after the original ending credits for a total of 51 seconds of video added, leaving 91m 10s of the original 95m 31s length. In general, Feature Films for Families edits out of the sound track and/or the frames any language, violence, or behavior that parents might find awkward to explain to their young children. See more »

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Warm, entertaining, good family viewing
2 September 2001 | by bho1tSee all my reviews

I highly recommend this film for family viewing, at least for preteens and older. Naomi is a French girl who has been traumatized by witnessing Nazi brutality against her parents, but the dark aspect of this situation is dealt with directly only briefly as a background for Naomi's unwillingness to speak to anyone. The majority of the film is much lighter, without being unrealistically so. Naomi and her new American acquaintance, Alan(both 14 years old or so), find a unique method of communication, and everyone hopes this will be the key to unlock her world. Lukas Haas and Vanessa Zaoui give outstanding, believable performances, outperforming most of the adults in the cast. They play Alan and Naomi, who deal with issues of peer pressure, parent pressure, trust, betrayal, jealousy, fear, and friendship. Fortunately, Hollywood's usual distortions and sugar coatings are missing in this one. Even the typical "and they lived happily ever after" ending for this type of film was avoided, without ending on a sour note.

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