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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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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

Judy Berlin was the name of one of Eric Mendelshon's classmates. 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: This is so funny... the whole world crumbles and the next thing like Wednesday that you thought you could depend on just vanishes and... I just think of Arthur and the time that he got up in the middle of the night to get himself a glass of water and, without asking, he got one for me... without, without asking...
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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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Kahn's Oscar-worthy performance
26 April 2004 | by tonyfyffeSee all my reviews

In a film full of wonderful, low-key performances by actors playing lonely, unhappy characters, Madeline Kahn is the standout as a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Unlike any other performance she gave in film, Kahn -- known for her comic roles -- turns in a marvelous, dramatic turn that should have netted her a posthomous Academy Award nomination. She is simply brilliant, and she should have been given a lot more dramatic roles in her career. After all, they say that comedy is the hardest thing for an actor to do, and with all the great comic roles she had -- in "Paper Moon," "Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein," just to name a few -- directors should have known that behind those funny faces was a great actress who could play any role.


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