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Judy Berlin (1999)

A lonely, but talented teacher enjoys a flirtation with her married principal, who returns her affections but is hampered by his high-strung wife. He is also hampered by a deadbeat son, who... See full summary »

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Eric Mendelsohn

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Eric Mendelsohn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Barrie ... Sue Berlin
Bob Dishy ... Arthur Gold
Edie Falco ... Judy Berlin
Carlin Glynn ... Maddie
Aaron Harnick Aaron Harnick ... David Gold
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Dolores Engler
Madeline Kahn ... Alice Gold
Julie Kavner ... Marie
Anne Meara ... Bea
Novella Nelson ... Carol
Peter Appel ... Mr. V
Marcia DeBonis ... Lisa
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Tour Guide
Marcus Giamatti ... Eddie Dillon
Judy Graubart ... Ceil
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Storyline

A lonely, but talented teacher enjoys a flirtation with her married principal, who returns her affections but is hampered by his high-strung wife. He is also hampered by a deadbeat son, who supposedly is becoming a filmmaker. The teacher also has a clueless daughter, who is an aspiring actress. Filmmaker and actress manage to get together, while the teacher and principal can steal their own fleeting moments and a quick kiss during an eclipse. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Babylon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,800, 27 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$467,313, 6 August 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In memory of Madeline Kahn, who died of ovarian cancer, the profits from this film's premiere were donated towards ovarian cancer research. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place while a solar eclipse is in progress. The sky goes so dark that the streetlights come on. Much of the story continues through this "dark time". A real eclipse has this totality and darkness for about two minutes, tops! The total eclipse in "Judy Berlin" just goes on way too long. See more »

Quotes

David: It could just be about how it is... about what it looks like when nobody's looking.
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Connections

References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade No. 10 in B-flat
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by The New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble
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A wonderful little film.
3 November 2000 | by dvanhouwelingenSee all my reviews

JUDY BERLIN was obviously inspired by the many comedies of Woody Allen. Everything from the black and white look (that Allen used in MANHATTAN and STARDUST MEMORIES among others), to the neuroses of it's main character David (a struggling filmmaker) to the girl he tries to win (THE SOPRANOS' great Edie Falco) to the portrayal of the parents (including the late, great Madeline Kahn, in her final performance), all suggests Woody. But the director, Eric Mendelson, making his first film, captures all these people in the same way Allen does in all their humour- but also suggests a level of sadness that Woody hardly ever did. This is a wonderful little film that should be enjoyed by all.


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