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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 »

Director:

Eric Mendelsohn

Writer:

Eric Mendelsohn
4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

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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Technical Specs

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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

Alice Gold: Art, that thing under my nose is getting bigger.
Arthur Gold: That's your mouth.
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Connections

References Baby Boom (1987) 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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6/10
8 August 2000 | by charly1See all my reviews

This film has a quiet beauty and some very wonderful performances. However, the poetry of the movie is too disjointed for my personal taste. I understand the ideas the director is going for, but I felt the movie lacked enough charm to pull it off. The dialogue has moments of reality, yet often tries too hard for truth, missing the mark. This is a very artistic effort, not meant for the average movie-goer. With a bit more practice and polish, the director could one day be quite great. He needs to stop imitating others and find his own voice.

I was torn between admiring it's gentility and screaming to have the monotony end! That is real life, isn't it? Sometimes moments last too long and others pass too quickly.

It is a film for film lovers, yet needs a tighter reining by the editor/director.


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