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Solomon & Gaenor (1999)

Solomon and Gaenor (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 30 April 1999 (UK)
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A tragic love story between a Jewish young man and a Welsh woman in the beginning of the century. The movie is mostly in English with parts in Welsh and Yiddish

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Paul Morrison

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Paul Morrison
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ioan Gruffudd ... Solomon Levinsky
Nia Roberts Nia Roberts ... Gaenor Rees
Sue Jones-Davies Sue Jones-Davies ... Gwen (as Sue Jones Davies)
William Thomas ... Idris Rees
Mark Lewis Jones ... Crad Rees
Maureen Lipman ... Rezl
David Horovitch ... Isaac
Bethan Ellis Owen Bethan Ellis Owen ... Bronwen
Adam Jenkins Adam Jenkins ... Thomas
Cyril Shaps ... Ephraim
Daniel Kaye Daniel Kaye ... Philip
Elliott Cantor Elliott Cantor ... Benjamin (as Elliot Cantor)
Steffan Rhodri Steffan Rhodri ... Noah Jones
Emyr Wyn Emyr Wyn ... Reverend Roberts
Julian Lewis Jones ... Wyn
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Storyline

A young Jew in 1911 Wales tries to make his living by selling fabrics door to door, but to do so he must hide his nationality. On one of his sales he meets and falls in love with a demure young woman with a strong-willed father and a Jew-hating brother. The two fall in love and she becomes pregnant, but only then does she learn of his ethnic background. When anti-Jewish riots break out, the two are forced to flee and become separated. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Their tragedy was to fall in love.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

S4C | Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Welsh | Yiddish

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Solomon & Gaenor See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$165,485

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,485
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Daniel Levy (who plays Rabbi Wolfe) is an Orthodox Rabbi, and at the time was the Rabbi of the Orthodox Synagogue in Cardiff. See more »

Quotes

Crad: Don't ask me to write it down for you because I can't.
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Not so much of the Romeo and Juliet thing, please!
24 January 2002 | by MEG-40See all my reviews

I have never really understood why so many stories of "star crossed" lovers are always compared to Romeo and Juliet, which, fair enough, was about families at odd with each other, but, in my opinion, Solomon and Gaenor is so much more. A really sad story about bigoted people who are just perpetuating a centuries old hatred of people who are different to themselves. The supposedly Christian people who should practise what they preach and the Jewish people who will not integrate for fear of losing something of themselves in the process is the real dilemma of this story. Solomon and Gaenor are the ultimate losers in this harsh Welsh world of miner's strikes and religious bigotry in the early years of the 20th century when everything was seen as back and white and there was no place for shades of grey inbetween. More people should have the opportunity to see this film which, as far as I know, was never shown in cinemas in Australia and only consigned to a late night viewing time on a little watched TV station, as there is a lesson to be learned from this really well acted film .


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