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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 more »

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Van Kurtzman
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Ben Kurtzman
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Little Melvin
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Ada Kurtzman
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Nate Kurtzman
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Sylvia
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Yussel
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Charlie, Nate's Assistant
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Pete, Nate's Assistant
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Trey Tobelseted
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Dubbie the Blonde
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Sylvia's Father
Frania Rubinek ...
Grandma Rose
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Scribbles
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Annie the Stripper
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Sheldon (as Evan Neuman)
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Alan Joseph Zuckerman
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Murray
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Louie
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Ted
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Gail
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Teacher #2
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James Brown at the Royal (as Carlton Smith)
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Mary
Ellyn O'Connell ...
Anne Whittier
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Assistant D.A.
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Bailiff
Kenny Raskin ...
Burlesque Comic
Peter Wilkes ...
Butler
Kimberlee Suerth ...
Buxom Nurse
Mary Lynn Ray ...
Woman in Court #1
Marty Lodge ...
Defense Attorney
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Ben Kurtzman - Age 8
Jan Austell ...
Judge
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Nick
Ralph Tabakin ...
Phil, Spotlight Man at the Gaitey
Shelley Stokes ...
Box Office Attendant
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Woman in Court #2
Jay Hillmer ...
Matt
Stan Brandorff ...
Morris
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Mrs. Johnson
Kate Kiley ...
Nurse
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Turk
Joseph Patrick Abel ...
Lenny
Sekiya Billman ...
Halloween Stripper
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Singer
Barry Black ...
Cantor
Dennis N. Math ...
Rabbi (as Rabbi Dennis N. Math)
Judith Knight Young ...
Teacher #1 - 1944
Stephen Williams ...
Wilbert Mosely
Ty Robbins ...
Sylvia's Mother
Emily Chamberlain ...
Ben's Teacher
Christian T. Dockins ...
Flame
Kenny Pitt ...
Flame
Zahmu Sankofa ...
Flame
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Party Fight Guy
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Student - Orthodox Worshipper (uncredited)
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Guy (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Thug Member (uncredited)
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Concert Goer (uncredited)
Joe Gerety ...
FBI Agent #2 (uncredited)
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Ice Skater (uncredited)
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Youth in Synagogue (uncredited)
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Shopper (uncredited)
Cathy Hurley ...
Prarie Girl / Ice Skater (uncredited)
Pete Karas ...
Graduation Goer (uncredited)
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Extra (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth ...
Gym Teacher (uncredited)
John Martineau ...
Party goer (uncredited)
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Partygoer (uncredited)
Carolyn Rawleigh ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Father (uncredited)
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Synagogue Member (uncredited)

Directed by

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Barry Levinson

Written by

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Barry Levinson ... (written by)

Produced by

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Michael Haley ... associate producer
Barry Levinson ... producer
Patrick McCormick ... executive producer
Amy Solan ... associate producer
Paula Weinstein ... producer

Music by

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Andrea Morricone

Cinematography by

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Christopher Doyle ... (as Chris Doyle)

Film Editing by

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Stu Linder

Editorial Department

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Blair Daily ... associate editor
Dale E. Grahn ... color timer (as Dale Grahn)
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Jason Joseph ... assistant editor
Bill Daly ... post-production executive (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ellen Chenoweth
Kathleen Chopin ... casting director: additional

Production Design by

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Vincent Peranio

Art Direction by

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Alan E. Muraoka

Set Decoration by

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William A. Cimino

Costume Design by

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Gloria Gresham

Makeup Department

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Eileen Barrett ... hair stylist
Gina W. Bateman ... makeup artist (as Gina Wilgis Bateman)
Betty Beebe ... key makeup artist
Sherri Bramlett ... hair stylist
Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion ... second makeup (as Cheryl Kinion)
John Quaglia ... key hair stylist
Patricia Regan ... makeup artist: Ms. Neuwirth (as Patricia Reagan)

Production Management

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Blair Daily ... post-production supervisor
Lenny Vullo ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Robert C. Albertell ... second assistant director (as Robert Albertell)
Michael Haley ... first assistant director
Eric Henriquez ... second second assistant director

Art Department

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Genevieve Abate ... props supplier
Randy Bobbitt ... art department coordinator
Alfred J. Caragay ... greensperson
William Catania ... set dresser
F. Dale Davis ... head set dresser
Michael Davis ... construction coordinator (as Michael E. Davis)
Lisa Dietrich ... set dresser
Susanna Glattly ... scenic artist
Kristina Kilpe ... assistant property master
Jay Klein ... lead man
Ted Lubonovich II ... propmaker
Ted Nolan ... prop maker
Willy Richardson ... painter
Rob Simons ... assistant art director (as Rob Simmons)
Jeff Stacy ... key set dresser
Sammy Steward ... greens
Jay Stump ... greens
Thomas Turnbull ... construction foreman (as Tom Turnbull)
Lorraine Walker ... property master
Steve Walker ... property master
Elizabeth Weber ... on-set dresser (as Liz Weber)
Billy Crush ... assistant picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Joseph E. Stone ... supplier (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Steve Cantamessa ... sound mixer
Tony Eckert ... foley mixer
Dan Engstrom ... dialogue assistant editor
Sue Fox ... adr editor
J.R. Grubbs ... sound effects editor
Lora Hirschberg ... re-recording mixer (as Lora Hirshberg)
Tim Holland ... supervising sound editor
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Scott La Rue ... cable person (as Scott LaRue)
Mary Helen Leasman ... foley editor
Cheryl Nardi ... dialogue assistant editor
Tim Nielsen ... supervising assistant sound editor
Claire Sanfilippo ... dialogue editor (as Claire Sanfillippo)
Steve Slanec ... adr assistant editor
Gary Thomas ... boom operator
Dennie Thorpe ... foley artist
Dave Tinsley ... assistant sound engineer
Jana Vance ... foley artist
Marshall Winn ... dialogue editor
Jennifer Barin ... re-recordist (uncredited)
Sean Landeros ... machine room operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Michael Bird ... special effects coordinator
Thomas Fife ... special effects (as Tom Fiffe)
Dave Gerlach ... special effects (as David Gerlach)
Douglas Retzler ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Jeffrey Castel De Oro ... digital compositor
Phil Holland ... scanning & recording operator
Douglas Smith ... visual effects supervisor
Brandon Craig ... render coordinator (uncredited)
Betsy Paterson ... 2D supervisor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Craig Seitz ... digital effects compositor: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunts (as George Aguilar)
Peter Epstein ... stunts
Sean Kelly ... stunts
Chris O'Hara ... stunt performer
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Shawnna Thibodeau ... stunt performer

Camera and Electrical Department

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Colin Anderson ... camera operator / steadicam operator
Wayne Arnold ... additional 2nd assistant camera
Kevin Barnes ... electrician
Garrett Benson ... second assistant camera: "b" camera
James Boniece ... key rigging grip
Michael Bonsignore ... dolly grip (as Michael 'Mikael' Bonsignore)
Clyde E. Bryan ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
A. Anthony Cappello ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Anthony Cappello)
Tony Chiu ... film loader
Rodney French ... dolly grip (as Rodney G. French)
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Mike Keelty ... rigging gaffer
Brett Laumann ... assistant chief lighting technician
Mitchell Andrew Lillian ... key grip (as Mitch Lillian)
Charlie Marroquin ... best boy grip
Steve Mathis ... gaffer
Paul Murphey ... video assist operator
Rick Strodel ... grip
Suzanne Trucks ... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Peter Clemence ... best boy grip (uncredited)
Rob Coughlin ... grip (uncredited)
Rusty Gardner ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Lisa Hartjen ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Richard H. Kryder ... best boy: rigging crew (uncredited)
Thomas Loizeaux ... camera operator: "c" camera (uncredited)
Eric Martin ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Chaz Rainey ... grip (uncredited)
Clay Valenti ... second assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Tracy Kaplan ... additional casting
Amanda Koblin ... casting associate
Pat Moran ... additional casting
Gary Wheeler ... extras casting assistant
Debra Zane ... additional casting
Eric Zuckerman ... casting assistant
Abe Forman-Greenwald ... casting assistant (uncredited)
Michael Hothorn ... casting assistant (uncredited)
John Strawbridge ... casting associate (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Deb Dalton ... set costumer
Steve Ellsworth ... key costumer
Dona Adrian Gibson ... set costumer
Mitchell Ray Kenney ... costume supervisor (as Mitchell Kenney)
David Mayreis ... set costumer
Nancy McArdle ... costume supervisor
Barbara Miller ... set costumer
Kelly Porter ... set costumer
Eva Prappas ... key costumer (as Eva L. Prappas)

Location Management

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Kathi Ash ... location coordinator
Leonard Clarke ... location coordinator (as Leonard Clark)
Jeff Flach ... location manager

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... assistant music editor
Enrico DeMelis ... music score consultant
Marylou Eales ... assistant music supervisor
Allan Mason ... music supervisor
Andrea Morricone ... conductor / music producer / orchestrator
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Joel Sill ... music supervisor
Fabio Venturi ... music scoring engineer

Transportation Department

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Charles E. Bauer ... transportation co-captain (as Chuck Bauer)
Thomas F. Lombardi ... precision driver / vehicle coordinator
Michael Luckeroth ... transportation coordinator
Gerald Titus ... transportation captain (as Gerry Titus)
Douglas A. Walk ... driver
Jacqueline L. Hurd ... picture car coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Wayne Arnold ... additional second assistant
Denise A. Beale ... set production aide (as Denise Beale)
Alicia Beytes ... office production aide
Tracey Colvin ... set production aide
Rob Coughlin ... rigging & skinning supervisor
Ted Criswell ... medic
Rick Eggers ... catering chef
John Erby ... set production aide
Betsy Friedman ... set production aide
Nicole Furia ... production accountant
Ginny Galloway ... production secretary
Donna Lee Greber ... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Ronald Bruce Holtman ... key craft service (as Bruce Holtman)
Jon Jolles ... set production aide
Chris Kable ... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
Kate Kelly ... production coordinator
Marty Kircher ... projectionist (as Martin Kircher)
Linda Labov ... assistant: Ms. Weinstein
Eric Layne ... assistant accountant
Stephanie Lovell ... set production aide
Michele Lynch ... assistant choreographer
Ryan McCormick ... assistant: Mr. McCormick
Jerry Mitchell ... choreographer
Eric Morgan ... production secretary / script coordinator
Kendra Pasker ... office production aide
Luis Perez ... choreographer: Cha-Cha
Julie Pitkanen ... script supervisor
Karen Radzikowski ... set production aide
Chris Rosenbery ... office production aide
Kenneth Roth ... set production aide (as Ken Roth)
Marie Rowe ... executive assistant
Andrew Sachs ... assistant: Mr. Levinson
Scott Schaeffer ... production assistant / set production aide
Patrick Shiffrar ... assistant accountant
Drew Tidwell ... assistant production coordinator
Mira Tweti ... publicist
Mikki Ziska ... set production aide
Janette Evans ... payroll accountant (uncredited)
Kimberly Masimore ... production assistant (uncredited)
Martha Newman ... stand-in (uncredited)
Kevin Weaver ... security supervisor (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines You're only young once, but you remember forever. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Liberty Heights - Rock'n'Roll & krumme Geschäfte (Germany)
  • Szabad a szerelem (Hungary)
  • Ruas da Liberdade (Brazil)
  • Высоты свободы (Russia)
  • Либърти Хайтс (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
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Runtime
  • 127 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $95,247, 21 Nov 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia Part of a series of films based Barry Levinson's family and friends from Baltimore. The other films are: Diner (1982), Tin Men (1987) and Avalon (1990). See more »
Goofs James Brown in 1954/55 was not a headliner, and he didn't record and release "Please Please Please" with a great deal of planning - it was cut with a single mike in a very haphazard way. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Bone Collector/Last Night/Liberty Heights/The Bachelor/American Movie/The Legend of 1900 (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Steam Heat See more »
Quotes Ben Kurtzman: You don't walk out on Sinatra, sir.
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