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Snow in August (2001)

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A Catholic boy befriends a Jewish rabbi after a Jewish merchant was beaten up by racist thugs and now the boy and his mother are fearful of their lives. For protection the boy must now create the vengeful Golem..

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(book) (as Peter Hamill), (teleplay)
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... Rabbi Judah Hirsch
... Michael Devlin (as Peter Tambakis)
... Kate Devlin
... Frankie McCarthy
... Sonny Montemarand
Jase Blankfort ... Jimmy Kabinsky
Danny Wells ... Abbot (as Jack Daniel Wells)
... Costello
Derrick Reeve ... Golem
Harvey Berger ... Mr. G.
Howard Bilerman ... Mr. Edelbaum
... Falcon
Mark Hauser ... Falcon
James Allport ... Falcon
Eric Giroux ... Falcon
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A Catholic boy befriends a Jewish rabbi after a Jewish merchant was beaten up by racist thugs and now the boy and his mother are fearful of their lives. For protection the boy must now create the vengeful Golem..

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In a world filled with hatred, their only hope was magic. Believe and anything can happen.

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12 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Augusztusi hó  »

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Michael Devlin: God helps the defeated
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New take on an old tale
6 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

There are literally hundreds of versions of the story of the Golem of Prague, and "Snow in August" is not the only one set in modern times. It is unique, however, in the sheer number of twists it adds to the tale, not only in plot, but in examining the moral underpinnings of the story itself. In post-WWII Brooklyn, the war is already over, but ethnic tensions and just plain human nastiness remain undefeated. We never outgrow our need for miracles. Stephen Rea's performance as an endearing young immigrant rabbi suffering from "survivor guilt" is convincing without ever becoming maudlin, and Peter Tambakis' portrayal of a boy on the verge of confronting his own doubts is nuanced and genuine. I'm happy to see that he is continuing his acting career ("Live Free or Die," 2006) at least for the moment. Pete Hammill's book was a refreshing and universalizing treatment of this old Jewish folktale, and Richard Friendenberg's direction has brought it to life most successfully on the screen.


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