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Liberty Heights (1999)

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Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Van Kurtzman
... Ben Kurtzman
... Little Melvin
... Ada Kurtzman
... Nate Kurtzman
... Sylvia
... Yussel
... Charlie, Nate's Assistant
... Pete, Nate's Assistant
... Trey Tobelseted
... Dubbie the Blonde
... Sylvia's Father
Frania Rubinek ... Grandma Rose
... Scribbles
... Annie the Stripper
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Anti-Semitism, race relations, coming of age, and fathers and sons: in Baltimore from fall, 1954, to fall, 1955. Racial integration comes to the high school, TV is killing burlesque, and rock and roll is pushing the Four Lads off the Hit Parade. Ben, a high school senior, and his older brother Van are exploring "the other": in Ben's case, it's friendship with Sylvia, a Black student; with Van, it's a party in the WASP part of town and falling for a debutante, Dubbie. Sylvia gives Ben tickets to a James Brown concert; Dubbie invites Van to a motel: new worlds open. Meanwhile, their dad Nate, who runs a numbers game, loses big to a small-time pusher, Little Melvin; a partnership ensues. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're only young once, but you remember forever.

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Rated R for crude language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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31 December 1999 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$95,247, 21 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,732,398, 2 April 2000
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Trivia

In the scene where they are teeing off at the 'golf course', they are actually standing on the lawn in front of the Mansion House in Baltimore's Druid Hill Park. The Mansion House is the current day administrative offices for the Baltimore Zoo. There is no real golf course in Druid Hill Park. See more »

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The toilet seat in the hotel room: down, then up, then down again just when she runs to it to vomit. See more »

Quotes

Dubbie the Blonde: Do you speak french?
Van Kurtzman: No. Do you?
Dubbie the Blonde: Yes. Not as well as my father's boyfriend. But then again, he is French.
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References The Case of the Curious Bride (1935) See more »

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Written by Morris Levy, William Davis Jr. & Sonny Norton
Performed by The Crows
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Growing up in the '50's wasn't all that different
13 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This was a wonderful movie about coming of age. The characters in the movie were SO real, even though they were in high school in the '50s. Just shows how little people change in nature.

The movie followed three story lines very well: the older brother, the younger brother, and the father. They all had difficult-to-them things to deal with and each learned something valuable in the process, both about themselves and the world in which they lived.

Integrating the three story lines was done flawlessly. The movie was also very tastefully done -- a very wholesome movie in a world of trashy movies.


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