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The Quarrel (1991)

PG-13 | | Drama | 5 November 1992 (USA)
Montreal 1948. On Rosh Hashanah, Chaim (a Yiddish writer) is forced to think of his religion when he's asked to be the tenth in a minyan. As he sits in the park, he suddenly sees an old ... See full summary »

Director:

Eli Cohen

Writers:

Chaim Grade (short story "My Quarrel with Hersh Rasseyner"), Joseph Telushkin (play) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Saul Rubinek ... Hersh Rasseyner
R.H. Thomson ... Chaim Kovler
Merlee Shapiro Merlee Shapiro ... Waitress (as Marlee Shapiro)
Arthur Grosser ... Shames
Jay Aitchess Jay Aitchess ... Cantor
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Hospital Patient
Ellen David ... Freda (as Ellen Cohen)
Ari Snyder Ari Snyder ... Rosenberg
Robert Haiat Robert Haiat ... Joshua
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Montreal 1948. On Rosh Hashanah, Chaim (a Yiddish writer) is forced to think of his religion when he's asked to be the tenth in a minyan. As he sits in the park, he suddenly sees an old friend whom he hasn't seen since they quarrelled when they were yeshiva students together. Hersh, a rabbi, survived Auschwitz and his faith was strengthened by his ordeal, while Chaim escaped the Nazis, but had lost his faith long before. The two walk together, reminisce, and argue passionately about themselves, their actions, their lives, their religion, their old quarrel, and their friendship. Written by Kathy Li

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Drama

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Chaim Kovler: Why did I feel compelled to follow this man, certainly not to join in prayers that I stopped believing in years ago and not to perform a mitzvah for a man who is beyond our help anyway.
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Excellent, both actors did a great job, very convincing arguments!
9 September 2002 | by reredeberddSee all my reviews

This was a unique movie that appealed to me being the daughter of Holocaust survivors. For one of the first times, I could see both sides of a very legitimate argument and see how the horrific and challenging times they faced shaped their outlooks. The dialogue and the acting were excellent!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A vita See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Gross USA:

$260,024
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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