The Jazz Singer (1980)
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Pop singer Neil Diamond stars in this ill-begotten second remake of Al Jolson's seminal 1927 musical The Jazz Singer. The moth-eaten story concerns a cantor's son who desires success as a pop singer, despite the wishes of his imperious father. The film takes place in the present day with Yussel Rabinowitz (Neil Diamond) playing a young (though middle-aged looking) cantor performing at the synagogue of his father (Laurence Olivier). Yussel is married and has settled down to a life of religious
Dec 19, 1980 Limited
Mar 15, 2000
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The Jazz Singer has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.
Mr. Diamond, looking glum and seldom making eye contact with anyone, isn't enough of a focus for the outmoded story.
Richard Fleischer's direction is appropriately close-in and small, and Diamond himself, while no actor, proves to be a commandingly intense, brooding presence.
Stick with Jolson's version via 1927. Or even the Danny Thomas take. Skip Neil.
The third and, one hopes, final remake of THE Jazz Singer is the least interesting attempt so far.
Diamond tries his best. Olivier over compensates, but the songs are classic.
An unintentional laff riot. Olivier is so over the top that it's mesmerizing.
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