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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
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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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: I always wanted to make a documentary about this town... about... about the paperboys, and about... about the PTA ladies... but nothing sarcastic... nothing sarcastic.
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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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An uneven oddity...talent in abundance, though the film works only intermittently
18 September 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

News of an impending solar eclipse has an irrational affect on the residents of a stifling New York suburb, particularly between parents and their now-grown children. Writer-director Eric Mendelsohn has an undeniable talent for ferreting out quirky human behavior from chance meetings and ordinary interaction. He has assembled a solid cast of actors, though he seems to have allowed his players to self-define their characters and, as a possible result, the picture doesn't have much meat on its bones. Mendelsohn is amusingly cognizant of how people react in uncomfortable or embarrassing situations, yet he sets up ideas for potential scenes that never quite come through (such as having the schoolchildren being told how to view an eclipse--though when the big moment arrives, their reaction is to jump up and down as if a parade were passing by). "Judy Berlin" has some courage, but it's crass; an arty series of vignettes which feels long at 97 minutes. Moments of vitality do stand out, and the black-and-white cinematography by Jeffrey Seckendorf is expressive, if derivative. Michael Nicholas' mandolin-heavy score works to create a quirky mood, and yet intimate conversation and revelations do not a movie make. *1/2 from ****


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