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Assistant (1997)






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Daniel Petrie scripted and directed this Canadian-British film, an adaptation of the memorable 1957 Brooklyn-based novel by Brooklyn-born Bernard Malamud, author of The Natural. During the Depression, drifter Frank Alpine (Gil Bellows) and hobo Ward Minogue (Jaimz Woolvett) rob the small Bober family grocery. Minogue attacks frail Morris Bober (Armin Mueller-Stahl) because he has little money. Later, guilt sends Alpine back to the store, where he goes unrecognized and is hired by Bober as an assistant, despite the objections of Ida Bober (Joan Plowright). While Frank works the store, receiving miniscule wages, he falls for Bober's daughter, Helen (Kate Greenhouse), and Morris eventually learns who Frank really is. Shown at the 1997 Montreal World Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Daniel Petrie
On DVD: Jun 6, 2000


Gil Bellows
as Frank Alpine
Kate Greenhouse
as Helen Bober
Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Morris Bober
Joan Plowright
as Ida Bober
Jaimz Woolvett
as Ward Minogue
Larry Solway
as Rabbi #1
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