Fiddler on the RoofDirector: Norman Jewison
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Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God, who does not answer but is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative wife Golde. After arranging a marriage between his oldest daughter Tzeitel and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when the girl falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. And after shouting the praises of "tradition," Tevye must change his tune-and his entire life-when he and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar's minions. Topol's co-stars include Norma Crane as Golde, Yiddish theater legend Molly Picon as Yente the matchmaker, and Leonard Frey as Motel.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Paul Mann||Lazar Wolf|
|Alfred Maron||Previous Rabbi|
|Roger Lloyd Pack||Sexton|
|Albin Pahernik||Jewish Male Dancer|
|Sammy Bayes||Russian Dancer|
|Peter Johnston||Russian Dancer|
|Bob Stevenson||Bottle Dancer|
|Paul Michael Glaser||Perchik|
|Vernon Dobtcheff||Russian Official|
|Ruth Madoc||Fruma Sarah|
|Patience Collier||Grandma Tzeitel|
|John Williams [composer]||Conductor|
|Jerry Bock||Score Composer|
|Robert F. Boyle||Production Designer|
|Joan Bridge||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Elizabeth Haffenden||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Peter Lamont||Set Decoration/Design|
|Terry Nelson||Asst. Director|
|Patrick Palmer||Associate Producer|
|Arnold Perl||Original Story|
|Michael Stringer||Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|John Williams [composer]||Musical Arrangement|
2. Main Titles
3. News for Tzeitel
5. If I Were a Rich Man
7. Tzeitel's Hand
8. Sabbath Prayer
9. At Lazar Wolf's
10. To Life
11. A Warning
12. Lessons/A Bride
13. The Pledge/Tradition
14. Miracle of Miracles
15. Fyedka & Chava
16. Tevye's Dream
17. The Wedding
18. Sunrise, Sunset
20. Lazar Wolf's Toast
21. Dancing With Women?
22. The Pillagers
24. "Troubles, Troubles"
25. Perchik Proposes
26. Do You Love Me?
27. News From Perchik
28. Far From the Home I Love
29. The "New Arrival"
30. Chava's Choice
31. Chava Ballet Sequence
32. "Leave Anatevka"
34. Saying Goodbyes
35. Chava Returns
36. Finale/End Titles
Disc #2 -- Fiddler on the Roof - Special Features
2. On Location
3. Filming Anatevka
5. Filming in the Square
6. Past Reflections
7. The Horse
8. Waiting for Snow
9. A Tony Curtis Visit
10. Topol Interview
11. Filming The Battle Dance
12. End Credits
Language and Audio: English Mono
Language and Audio: English 5.1
Language and Audio: French Mono
Language and Audio: Spanish Mono
Language and Audio: Commentary by Director/Producer Norman Jewison and Actor Topol
Commentary by Director/Producer Norman Jewison and Actor Topol: On
Commentary by Director/Producer Norman Jewison and Actor Topol: Off
Disc #2 -- Fiddler on the Roof - Special Features
John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition
Set in Reality Production Design
Songs of Fiddler of the Roof
Historical Background - Read by Norman Jewison With Photographs by Ann Weiss
Norman Jewison, Filmmaker: Play
Norman Jewison, Filmmaker: Scenes
Norman Jewison Looks Back
Tevye's Dream in Full Color
Tevye's Dream Sequence in Full Color With an Introduction by Norman Jewison
The Stories of Sholom Aleichem - Read by Norman Jewison
The Bubble Bursts
Deleted Song - Any Day Now
Production Design and Storyboards
Introduction to Miracle of Miracles
Lazar Wolf and Tevye
Original Production Notes
Photographic Production Diary
If I Were a Rich Man
New York Premiere
Original Release Poster
International Release Posters
Animated Souvenir Program
Trailers & TV Spots
Original Theatrical Trailer
"Reserve Your Seat" Trailer
"Will Rogers" Trailer
TV Spot - 1971
TV Spot - 1979
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Had not seen this movie in some 20 years and it was wonderful to see again.Though I had seen the play several times before the movie was able to do some much more than the original work. I was able to share this with someone in their mid 30's who had never seen it or heard about it and found her enjoyment of the entire movie to be a double pleasure for me. Everyone should have the opportunity to experience "Fiddler".
It took me a long time to get up the nerve to watch this movie. I expected some long drawn out movie, so I always put it off. It sat on my table for weeks. Now I am glad I watched it. It was funny, entertaining, dramatic and enjoyable. I was actually surprised at how many of the songs I knew. Its definitely not light viewing, but it is a must see. The interaction between Topal and Norma Crane was great and often made me laugh. The dissolution of the family although predictable was still heartbreaking at times. There are times in the movie where it just seemed a little lame, thus my not so enthusiastic recommendation, but overall I liked it.
This film of the great Broadway musical is magnificent. The actors are well suited to their roles, the singing and dancing are wonderful and the emotion is heartfelt and real. You will laugh and cry at the same time.
A masterpiece is the best title I could give this musical. Topol was cast very well, His godly performance could not been done any better by anyone else. The cast was very well chosen with such harmonic voices that the blend is suitable to any movie viewer and an absolute must for the hardcore movie buffs. Upon renting and viewing this movie the first time seeing it, I returned it immediately and went out and bought it and watch this at least once a week and has yet to get boring. Memorable songs like 'Tradition', 'Sunrise, Sunset' and the favourite 'If I were a rich man' keep my friends and family questioning me about it's origins. Even now I have noticed that primetime TV mentions Fiddler on the Roof in it's shows...It's just that good. It really is worth the dollar either to rent, own, or live theatre so help spread the word for others to enjoy. ^.^
one very awesome intelligent movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Every December as I get the holiday baking done, I watch this movie with the kids and we sing and dance and bake! The music is uplifting and wonderful. A must see! Truely a classic
This is an old classic. I bought it for may granddaughter because she is trying out for the play at her school. I felt she needed to watch the movie firt to understand the play better. It is rather advanced for her but she loved the music and it helped her perfect the songs she will sing in the play.
Absolutely Fantastic!! I just watched the movie for the 1st time in 20 years. I Loved it!! We NEED MORE movies like this today!!!
This movie has shown the actual depiction and the real life facts of the Anti-Semitism which has been happening at the time. This movie is packed with a lot of excitement and comedy. A well played and well acted movie.
I saw the movie and had to buy the soundtrack! The music is fantastic and the story line is even better!
Fiddler on the Roof was incredible. It goes way back to my great-grandmother. Anyone can relate to this film. It's a classic
Fiddler on the roof is a wonderful movie which not only mkes you lugh, sing long, but it also teaches great deal about Jewish culture. The only thing wrong with it is that the fiddler plays a violin.
the best film i have ever seen wonderful musical
05/17/05 What I like best about "Fiddler": how it draws me to my roots! (The Ukraine of 100 years ago during The Czar's empire.) Although Topol did not originate the role on Broadway (Zero Mostel did in the 1960s), film is a wonderful medium for Topol's soul. And, he could easily have been my great-grandfather-- musing upon the rooftop of a Jewish ghetto, or in a shtetl. Such is the power of the film medium-- complete with song-- to tug at our heart strings-- to be "Fiddler" for our roots! :-)
O My Gosh!!! The Best Musical Ever. And The Songs: Tradition,Matchmaker,If I were a Rich man Ect.. Put It in your collection! right next to West Side Story and Grease!!!!
Personally this is the best musical ever made. The music is delightful and combined with the exuberant cast, is a perfect match.
Awesome movie, visually stirring. The characters are portrayed so realistically that viewers must keep reminding themselves that this was ''filmed entertainment'', not a real life documentary. Further, you don't have to be Jewish, or Russian, to want schlep over and join in singing the lyrics to the songs. The melodies are so memorable that you will be haunted by them and driven to learn the lyrics. A wonderful masterpiece in the history of film. Highly recommended.
Fiddler on the Roof is a great classic. Topol did a great job playing Tevye. If you haven't seen the movie yet your missing out.
LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!