In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

Director:

James Schamus

Writers:

Philip Roth (based on the novel by), James Schamus (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tijuana Ricks ... Old Age Home Nurse
Sue Dahlman ... Older Olivia
Jason Jiang ... Yu Yuan
Logan Lerman ... Marcus Messner
Avy Eschenasy Avy Eschenasy ... Rabbi
Richard Topol ... Mo Greenberg (as Rich Topol)
Danny Burstein ... Max Messner
Walter Bernstein ... Walter Semmelweis
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Greenberg
Eli Gelb Eli Gelb ... David
Bryan Burton ... Ben
Susan Varon ... Mrs. Davidovich
Linda Emond ... Esther Messner
Betsy Hogg ... Sophomore Girl
Philip Ettinger ... Ron Foxman
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Storyline

Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl. Written by THR

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Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The name of the college is a tribute to Sherwood Anderson's classic collection of interconnected short stories, "Winesburg, Ohio." See more »

Goofs

Olivia makes reference to a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin when she says "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." Franklin most likely never said this. This quote does not appear in any of Franklin's writings and the word "lunch" did not enter the English vernacular until the 1820s; decades after his death. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Messner: I don't care what it suggests, Dean Caldwell, I will not be condemned on the basis of no evidence.
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Connections

Referenced in Film 2018: Episode #45.10 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Is It Love
Music by Jay Wadley
Lyrics by James Schamus
Special Performance by Jane Monheit
Arranged and conducted by Andy Farber
Recorded and Mixed by Dan Bora
Recorded at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Mixed at Terminus Recording Studios, NYC
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Really surprising
18 December 2016 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I had no idea what the actual premise for this film was, but I did think it would be a period melodrama that could also prove to be overly sentimental and a little sappy. However, it really surprised me in what it actually turned out to be. It's a coming-of-age take that is different from most that we get. It's very dialogue-driven and that dialogue is just a joy to listen to. The film takes a deep look into the characters' psychologies and doesn't resort to the usual dramatics that films of this type usually do. Logan Lerman is an incredibly talented actor and he once again shows his skill here. A mature and very detailed performance.


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Release Date:

3 November 2016 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,125, 31 July 2016

Gross USA:

$3,401,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,924,527
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2.00 : 1
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