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Indignation (2016)

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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 Bernstein ... Walter Semmelweis
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Greenberg
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

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

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USA | China

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

11 August 2016 (Slovenia) See more »

Also Known As:

Indignación See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,125, 29 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,399,841, 30 October 2016
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Color

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2.00 : 1
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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 »

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Marcus Messner: It is important to understand about dying, that even though in general you do not have a personal choice in the matter, it is going to happen to you when it happens to you. There are reasons you die. There are causes, a chain of events linked by causality, and those events include decisions that you have personally made. How did you end up here, on this exact day, at this exact time, with this specific event happening to you?
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Connections

Referenced in Film '72: 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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Great Acting, But Very Depressing..
12 December 2016 | by angelsunchainedSee all my reviews

What can I say? This movie started out like a seemingly carefree experience about college life in the repressed early 1950s. Somewhere along the line, it does a complete about face and becomes an extremely serious take on pre-material sex, interfaith romance,the belief or lack of in God, the misfortunes of war and destiny. The performances were all outstanding and captured the morals and the social structure of the early 1950s. At times, some scenes were a bit long and slightly dull, but this reflects on the concept of this film....life can be dull and boring until one opens up their being to new experiences. Wuthout giving the ending away, it is a surprise and extremely depressing. I like happy endings and unfortunately, this film ending ranks as one of the most depressing in film history. Still, if you love great acting, see this film. 10 out of 10.


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