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Fiddler on the Roof [1971 film] (1971)

by Norman Jewison (Director), Jerry Bock (Composer), Joseph Stein (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Sholem Aleichem (Stories), Jerry Bock (Composer), Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Paul Mann5 more, Oswald Morris (Director of Photography), Molly Picon, Jerome Robbins (Choreographer), Isaac Stern, Topol

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Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.… (more)
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In pre-revolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
  SITAG_Family | Aug 5, 2021 |
3 hr
  herriot | Sep 7, 2018 |
A man with five daughters is faced with changes in society.

Slow, and doesn't make me care about it. It's too serious to be any fun, too much a musical to be serious. I find most of the songs annoying and ineffective. And the musical numbers are pretty boring. (Although John Williams and Isaac Stern do an excellent job with the instrumental stuff.) It's not a bad movie; there's some nice enough stuff here and there. But I can think of about a million other things I'd rather do with three hours.

Concept: C
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: B
Music: C

Enjoyment: C

GPA: 2.3/4 ( )
  comfypants | Nov 5, 2015 |
The always popular Fiddler on the Roof. Really one cannot go wrong with this movie. It is such a classic in every way even to the point that it will drive you crazy after a while since it is... well... everywhere. Now the thing is this represents only the experience of a certain type of Jew and not every Jew everywhere. Still great movie and it's a must see because if you don't, everyone will ask what is wrong with you for not having seen the movie.
  melsmarsh | Feb 16, 2013 |
Musical about early 20th c. Jewish schtetl life
  Folkshul | Jan 15, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jewison, NormanDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bock, JerryComposermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Stein, JosephScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Aleichem, SholemStoriessecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bock, JerryComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crane, Normasecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frey, Leonardsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mann, Paulsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morris, OswaldDirector of Photographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Picon, Mollysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robbins, JeromeChoreographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stern, Isaacsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Topolsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.

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Filmed on location in Eastern Europe, this beloved musical based on Sholem Aleichem's stories was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three. Director Norman Jewison chronicles the trials of Jewish peasant Tevye the milkman (Israeli actor Topol), humble father of three strong-willed daughters and husband to oft-objecting wife, Golde (Norma Crane), in pre-revolutionary Russia. Violinist Isaac Stern provides the haunting music of the fiddler.
Tevye is a poor Jewish milkman with five unmarried daughters to support in a village in Czarist Russia. With a sharp tongued wife at home and growing anti-Semitism in the village, Tevye talks to God about his troubles. His people's traditions keep him strong when his existence is as precariously balanced as a fiddler on the roof.
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