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Fiddler on the Roof [1971] (1 disc)

Director:Norman Jewison
Writer:Joseph Stein
Composer:Jerry Bock
John Williams
Ray Holder
Length:179 minutes
(2 hours 59 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Drama
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IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A Jewish community in Russia struggles to maintain what makes them unique, fighting against numerous influences of the world.

Reaction: Wonderful movie. The first half is fairly light and easy to watch, but the story takes a dour turn half way through. This is done on purpose and to great effect to relay the intended message.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Norman Jewison => Director
Joseph Stein => Writer
Jerry Bock => Composer
John Williams => Composer
Ray Holder => Composer
Aharon Ipalé => Sheftel
Barry Dennen => Mendel
Candy Bonstein => Bielke
Elaine Edwards => Shprintze
Leonard Frey => Motel Kamzoil
Louis Zorich => Constable
Michele Marsh => Hodel
Molly Picon => Yente
Neva Small => Chava
Norma Crane => Golde
Patience Collier => Grandma Tzeitel
Paul Mann => Lazar Wolf
Paul Michael Glaser => Perchik (as Michael Glaser)
Ray Lovelock => Fyedka (as Raymond Lovelock)
Rosalind Harris => Tzeitel
Ruth Madoc => Fruma Sarah
Shimen Ruskin => Mordcha
Topol => Tevye
Tutte Lemkow => Fiddler
Zvee Scooler => Rabbi

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Topol was nominated for the 1991 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Musical for Fiddler on the Roof for recreating his film role of Tevye and is still performing the role in regional theater (as of 2009).
  • The film was a surprise hit in Japan where its obvious love for crumbling tradition struck a chord with Japanese audiences.
  • The film version omits two songs from the stage production - {Now I Have Everything} and {The Rumor}.
  • Every time Topol talks on camera to God, he's talking to a white ball on the end of a stick held out of camera range.
  • The {Sunrise Sunset} scene was not lit by electric light but by hundreds of candles.
  • To make Topol look older, the makeup team clipped 15 white hairs from director Norman Jewison's beard and applied them to Topol's eye brows (seven on the left, eight on the right).
  • Before production Norma Crane was diagnosed with the breast cancer which would eventually kill her. She told only director Norman Jewison, co-star Topol and associate producer [?] Patrick J. Palmer, all of whom kept her secret.
  • Topol was only in his mid-thirties when he performed the role of an older Tevye.
  • According to producer [?] Walter Mirisch, Anne Bancroft declined the role of Golde.