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Julia

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 1977
  • Fred Zinnemann
  • 112 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave. In the early 1930s, playwright Lillian Hellman travels to Vienna to visit a childhood friend and committed anti-fascist injured during clashes with the Hitler Youth. It is a journey that awakens the playwright to the emerging Nazi threat and leads to her involvement in a dangerous Resistance operation.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Lillian Hellman's memoir Pentimento provides the basis for Fred Zinnemann's sensitive movie about friendship, courage and the playwright's growing awareness of the Nazi menace during the early 1930s. Lillian (Jane Fonda) finally makes contact with her childhood friend Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), a committed anti-fascist, who has been injured in a demonstration. Later Lillian is persuaded to help smuggle money into Germany to finance the fight against the Nazis. The film's strength lies not in complex plotting but in the excellent performances from Fonda, Oscar-winning Redgrave and Jason Robards as author Dashiell Hammett. Meryl Streep makes her feature debut.

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Credits

Cast

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Lillian HellmanJane Fonda
JuliaVanessa Redgrave
Dashiell HammettJason Robards
JohannMaximilian Schell
Alan CampbellHal Holbrook
Dorothy ParkerRosemary Murphy
Anne MarieMeryl Streep
Young JuliaLisa Pelikan
Young LillianSusan Jones
UndertakerMaurice Denham

Crew

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DirectorFred Zinnemann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Focus Films
Languages
English | German | Russian | French
Guidance
Edited for violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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