Jazz Singer

Jazz Singer

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Director: Richard Fleischer

Cast: Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz

     
 

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Pop singer Neil Diamond stars in this remake of Al Jolson's seminal 1927 musical The Jazz Singer. This time, the cantor's son desires success as a pop -- not jazz -- singer, despite the wishes of his imperious father. The film takes place in the present day with Yussel Rabinowitz (Neil Diamond) playing a young cantor performing at the synagogue of his father (Laurence Olivier). Yussel is married and has settled down to a life of religious devotion to the teaching of his faith. But on the side, he writes songs for a black singing group, and when a member of the quartet takes ill, Yussel covers for him at one of their gigs. The nightclub engagement is such a success that Yussel abandons his family -- and his father's synagogue -- and leaves his New York home for Los Angeles, hoping to break into the music business. Almost immediately he is spotted by spunky agent Molly Bell (Lucie Arnaz), who books him as an opening act for a touring comic. Yussel hits it big, but his father resents Yussel's forsaking their traditional Jewish ways. His father disowns him, rending his garments and bellowing, "I hef no son!" The soundtrack was Diamond's most successful album yet, featuring the hits "Love on the Rocks," "Hello Again," and "America," and selling over five million copies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1998
UPC:
0017153590739
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Republic Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Neil Diamond Yussel Rabinovitch
Laurence Olivier Cantor Rabinovitch
Lucie Arnaz Molly Bell
Catlin Adams Rivka Rabinovitch
Franklyn Ajaye Bubba
Paul Nicholas Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar Eddie Gibbs
Mike Kellin Leo
James Booth Paul Rossini
Luther Waters Teddy
Oren Waters Mel
Rod Gist Timmy
Janet Brandt Aunt Tillie
Hank Garrett Police Sergeant
Walter Janowitz Rabbi Birnbaum
Jill Jaress Cowgirl
James Karen Barney Callahan
Victor Paul Irate Driver
Dale Robinette Tommy
John Witherspoon M.C. Cinderella Club

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Harbert Baker Screenwriter
Robert de Vestel Set Decoration/Design
Herbert Spencer Deverill Art Director
Neil Diamond Songwriter
Stephen H. Foreman Screenwriter
Ron Hitchcock Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Horner Set Decoration/Design
Harry Horner Production Designer
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Jerry Leider Producer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Isidore Mankofsky Cinematographer
Donald McKayle Choreography
Mark Poll Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Maury Winetrobe Editor
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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