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Polish Bar (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | October 2010 (USA)
Polish Bar is a story of faith, loyalty and family. Reuben is a young, middle-class Jew who is fed up with the family jewelry business. He looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a ... See full summary »

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Ben Berkowitz
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Credited cast:
Judd Hirsch ... Uncle Sol
James Badge Dale ... Tommy
Meat Loaf ... Joe
Richard Belzer ... Hershel
Maestro Harrell ... Dawan
Vincent Piazza ... Reuben
Golden Brooks ... Ebony
Dov Tiefenbach ... Moises
Joe Minoso ... Jose
Janet Ulrich Brooks ... Judith
Lanre Idewu ... Second Officer
Matthew Gold ... Joel
Chingy ... Fat Moe
Pamela Shaw ... Mama
Mike McNamara ... John
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Polish Bar is a story of faith, loyalty and family. Reuben is a young, middle-class Jew who is fed up with the family jewelry business. He looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a Hip Hop DJ and working for Polish criminals at the local strip club. Written by Anonymous

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On the seventh day of principal photography, two-time Oscar winner Janusz Kaminski paid a surprise visit to the Chicago set. Kaminski is a former student of Chicago's Columbia College. See more »

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Ben Berkowitz is a hot young director to watch for
11 May 2012 | by vetere-frankSee all my reviews

Ben Berkowitz is a rising director to be watched. This is only his second feature, and it is stunning! A gritty tale told with heart and soul! His casting choices are nothing short of brilliant (a mix of seasoned actors and star turns by young ones), and his script and cinematography are impeccable. Saw this at Toronto's Jewish Film Festival. I am a 25-year veteran of film festivals, and this work was riveting! It is also good to see something shot in the streets of Chicago...don't know why this city isn't used more as a location for film shoots. God knows it is very "photogenic". It would be a shame if the politics of distribution were to send this gem of a film straight to video, 'cause that would be a travesty!

Ben, if you read this review, I introduced myself to you at the Bloor cinema post-screening and told you that you have a brilliant career ahead of you. I also have a friend here in Toronto who is a mystery writer and may be on the lookout for a hot director like you to turn his books to screen. I've told him about you already.

Frank Vetere Toronto, Canada


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