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The Man Who Cried (2000)

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A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman.

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Sally Potter

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Sally Potter
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Ricci ... Suzie
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Father
Claudia Lander-Duke ... Young Suzie
Danny Scheinmann ... Man in Suit
Anna Tzelniker Anna Tzelniker ... Mother of Man in Suit
Barry Davis Barry Davis ... Man in Village
Thom Osborn Thom Osborn ... Man in Village
Frank Chersky Frank Chersky ... Man in Village
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ... Man in Village
Peter Majer ... Man in Village
Hana Maria Pravda ... Grandmother
Ayala Meir Ayala Meir ... Child
Abraham Hassan Abraham Hassan ... Child
Lloyd Martin Lloyd Martin ... Child
Uri Meir Uri Meir ... Child
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Storyline

In this historical drama with music, a gifted singer (Oleg Yankovsky) from a Jewish village in Russia travels to the United States in 1927, leaving behind his young daughter Fegele (Claudia Lander-Duke). Father has promised his family that he'll send for Fegele as soon as he can, but authorities make life hard for the Jewish population, and Fegele is forced to flee with relatives to England. Fegele is adopted by a British family, which renames her Suzie and raises her with little acknowledgment of her ethnic heritage. As she grows to adulthood, Suzie (Christina Ricci) becomes a gifted vocalist and gets a job singing in a nigh club revue in Paris. Before she leaves England, her adopted family presents Suzie with a picture of her father, still believed to be living in America, and she decides she will go to the United States some day and find him. In Paris, Suzie makes friends with Lola (Cate Blanchett), a Russian showgirl in the market for a rich husband. Lola becomes involved with ...

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | France

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Čovjek koji je plakao See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,455, 27 May 2001

Gross USA:

$747,092

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,322,763
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Black and White | Color (Duboicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert De Niro was originally set to star as Dante Dominio. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Suzie is following Cesare and his friends on her bike, they go through a passage where you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background and it is lit up. However, the lights were not added to the Tower until 1986. See more »

Quotes

Cesar: It's better to run and live than to stay and die.
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Connections

References Pas de deux (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Chalarimastar Te Bistraw
Composed by Sapo Perapaskero
Performed by Taraf de Haidouks
Courtesy of Crammed Discs
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images as poetry, music as dialog
1 October 2003 | by dandelion-1See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, much more than I thought I would reading the synopsis of the story. I was caught up by this meditation on human spirit.

The cinematography created one stunning image after another, carried along by one of the most beautiful soundtracks that I have heard.

Two couples, sharply contrasted; one couple told you everything about themselves, while the other revealed only what could not be hidden: Susie and Caesar were stoical, passive, watching, and waiting....as a catastrophic moment in history enveloped them.

It seemed to me that the director purposely expected the viewer to participate in the story, using imagination and wonder to ponder the unanswered questions about human nature and need.

The ending of the film was a bit too abrupt. I would have loved to have seen more development leading up to the resolution of Susie's journey. But it certainly didn't mar the film for me, rather it emphasized why 'The Man Who Cried' was so completely non-commercial and why it mystified and therefore angered the 'connect-the-dots' crowd.

If you are in the mood for a beautiful, lyrical, non-linear poem-film, give this one a try.


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