Crossing Delancey
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  • Crossing Delancey

Crossing Delancey

Director: Joan Micklin Silver

Cast: Amy Irving, Reizl Bozyk, Peter Riegert

     
 

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Can an independent, contemporary woman find happiness with a guy who sells pickles? Isabelle Grossman (Amy Irving) is an attractive, intelligent Jewish woman in her early 30s. She has a good job and a nice apartment on the Upper West Side, and she values her independence; she often visits her grandmother Bubbie (Reiz Bozyk), who lives on the Lower East Side and wants… See more details below

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Can an independent, contemporary woman find happiness with a guy who sells pickles? Isabelle Grossman (Amy Irving) is an attractive, intelligent Jewish woman in her early 30s. She has a good job and a nice apartment on the Upper West Side, and she values her independence; she often visits her grandmother Bubbie (Reiz Bozyk), who lives on the Lower East Side and wants Isabelle to meet a nice Jewish man and settle down. Bubbie goes so far as to obtain the services of Hannah Mandelbaum (Sylvia Miles), a matchmaker who finds the "perfect" man for Isabelle: a pickle salesman named Sam Posner (Peter Riegert). Isabelle thinks Sam is a nice enough guy, but she has a hard time imagining herself spending her life with the pickle man, and she isn't sure if she wants to pursue the relationship. However, Sam is taken with Isabelle and goes out of his way to change her mind. Crossing Delancy was directed by Joan Micklin Silver, whose breakthrough film Hester Street also examined Jewish culture on the Lower East Side, albeit from the vantage point of the 1890s.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Crossing Delancey is a charming romantic comedy about the clash between traditional values and the modern world that too often pushes them aside. The story primarily focuses on the American experience of different generations of Eastern European Jews -- highlighted by Amy Irving's finely nuanced performance as the conflicted, ambitious Izzy -- but the tale is universal to any group of people whose roles and customs changed over the course of the 20th century. Directed with obvious love by Joan Micklin Silver from Susan Sandler's screenplay, Delancey is buoyed by endearing, funny supporting turns from Reizl Bozyk as Izzy's Bubbie, and Sylvia Miles as the matchmaker who brings Izzy and the more traditional pickle salesman Sam (Peter Riegert) together. Riegert's character is somewhat underwritten: It's hard to tell why he and Izzy should end up together, aside from his inherent niceness. Still, Delancey successfully stresses the need for love, regardless of Old World/New World, uptown/downtown differences.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0085391107422
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
3,736

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amy Irving Isabelle "Izzy" Grossman
Reizl Bozyk Bubbie Kantor
Peter Riegert Sam Posner
Jeroen Krabbé Anton Maes
Sylvia Miles Hannah Mandelbaum
Suzzy Roche Marilyn Cohen
George Martin Lionel
John Bedford Lloyd Nick
Claudia Silver Cecilia Monk
David Hyde Pierce Mark
Rosemary Harris Pauline Swift
Amy Wright Ricki
Faye Grant Candyce
Deborah Offner Karen
Kathleen Wilhoite Myla Bondy
Dennis Belloco Maitre d'
Reg E. Cathey Cab Driver
Debra Cole Waitress
Fran Kumin Actor
Lee M. Lindersman Watier
John Patrick Shanley Celebrity Party Guest
Meg Simon Actor
Scott Somer Celebrity Party Guest
Young Ho Kim Mr. Kim
Moishe Rosenfeld Rabbi
Paula Laurence Diva
Christine Campbell Woman in Cab
Dolores Sutton Aunt Miriam
Sam Corsi Handball Champ
Vickilyn Reynolds Woman in Sauna
Myra Taylor Friend in Sauna
Tudor Sherrard Book Peddler
Jacob Harran Guest at Bris
Bob Levine Mr. Grossman
Mimi Bensinger Mrs. Grossman
Arthur Rubin Happy Birthday Singer
Richard Frisch Happy Birthday Singer
Stan Page Happy Birthday Singer
Michael Ornstein Mickey
Susan Sandler Molly
Tony Perez Counter Boy
Arthur Tracy Pickle Stand Customer
Stan Rubin Pickle Stand Customer
Brad O'Hare Photographer
Freda Foh Shen Self-Defense Teacher
Mina Bern Would-be Victim
Ida Harnden Mugger
Ronnie Gilbert Mugger
Kevin Rogers Messenger
Miriam Phillips Sarah Jacobs
Pat Oleszko Himself
Betty Rollin Party Guest
Marie Antoinette Rogers Party Guest
Jayne Haynes Book Thief
Susan Braudy Celebrity Party Guest
Quincy Long Celebrity Party Guest
Madge Cooper Celebrity Party Guest
Hugh Nissenson Celebrity Party Guest
Loring Eutemey Celebrity Party Guest
Vicki Goldberg Celebrity Party Guest
Lore Segal Celebrity Party Guest
Hendrik Hertzberg Celebrity Party Guest
Stanley Leff Celebrity Party Guest
Susan Blommaert Leslie
Keith Reddin Celebrity Party Guest

Technical Credits
Joan Micklin Silver Director
Daniel Boxer Set Decoration/Design
Paul Chihara Score Composer
Gretchen Christopher Songwriter
Louis D'Esposito Asst. Director
Barbara Ellis Songwriter
David Forrest Makeup
Fran Kumin Casting
Dan Leigh Production Designer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Phil Neilson Stunts
Michael Nozik Producer
Nellie Nugiel Associate Producer
Pat Oleszko Songwriter
Suzzy Roche Songwriter
David Roche Songwriter
Terre Roche Songwriter
Margaret A. Roche Songwriter
Roches Score Composer
Leslie Rollins Art Director
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Sandler Screenwriter
Rick Shaine Editor
Raphael Silver Executive Producer
Meg Simon Casting
Gary Troxel Songwriter
Theo Van de Sande Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Crossing Delancey
1. Literati Party [3:58]
2. Loyal and Liquid [2:56]
3. Bubbie's Bank [3:29]
4. Self-Defense [3:57]
5. Crossing Phone Wires [2:47]
6. Plummy Brunch [5:08]
7. Lunch With Sam [5:27]
8. Anton's Reading [3:12]
9. The Briss [4:06]
10. Enchanted Evening [2:32]
11. Waste of Romantic Energy [3:59]
12. Taste of Reality [2:35]
13. This One I'll Meet [5:56]
14. Feeling No Pain [3:24]
15. Baby Pictures and Questions [2:13]
16. Self-Defense [4:24]
17. To Get It Right [3:20]
18. Authors Reception [5:02]
19. Abridged Date [4:15]
20. Flattered and Intrigued [4:30]
21. Countdown to Dinner [5:12]
22. Racing Downtown [3:04]
23. How Do I Talk to Isabelle? [5:42]
24. 120 Pounds of Pure Gold [2:17]
25. End Credits [3:08]

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