Fiddler on the Roof

  • U
  • Norman Jewison (1971)
  • US
  • 177 min
Fiddler on the Roof
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This film version of one of the greatest, most heartbreaking of all Broadway shows really should have been no less than magnificent, given its source and the opportunities it presents to create movie magic. Through the tale of Tevye and his search for husbands for his five daughters, director Norman Jewison describes the tragic background to the expulsion of the Jews from the Ukraine and the dissolution of their traditions. As Tevye the garrulous milkman, Topol is memorable, and to have his performance (he played the part on the London stage) preserved on film is a major plus. The generally unfamiliar supporting cast is exceptionally well chosen, but the real gem here is the Oscar-winning soundtrack. The songs - including If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset - provide joyful and sublime highlights, the fiddler is Isaac Stern, and Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick's wonderful score is magnificently adapted by John Williams. Another Oscar went to British cameraman Oswald Morris's loving Panavision photography, shot through burnished (actually stockinged) lenses. It's quite long-winded, but it's still a lasting memorial to a great play.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy drama starring Topol and Norma Crane. Tevye, a poor milkman living in the Ukrainian village of Anatevka before the revolution, is determined to find good husbands for his five daughters. He will consult the matchmaker of course, but he might have a word about it with God as well.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tevye
Topol
Golde
Norma Crane
Motel
Leonard Frey
Yente
Molly Picon
Lazar Wolf
Paul Mann
Tzeitel
Rosalind Harris
Hodel
Michele Marsh
Chava
Neva Small
Perchik
Paul Michael Glaser
Fyedka
Raymond Lovelock

Crew

Director
Norman Jewison

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Blue Dolphin
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Jun 2001
Certificate U
Categories
Music

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