Hester Street (1975)

Hester Street


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Movie Info

Gitl arrives in New York with her son to join her husband Jake, but whereas Jake has completely embraced America, his shy wife clings to her old country ways.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Abraham Cahan, Joan Micklin Silver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2004
First Run Features



as Bernstein

as Kavarsky

as Joe Peltner

as Poultry Woman

as Rabbi's Wife

as Peddler

as Jake's Landlady

as Whore

as Mr. Lipman
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Critic Reviews for Hester Street

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

a worthy attempt and important as an example of women's efforts to finally carve their own place in the world of filmmaking, but it's just not a great movie.

Full Review… | March 5, 2008
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Though lacking plot or in-depth characterization, Silver's ultra-modest debut is likable, in large measure due to her channeling of 1970s feminist approach to a little documented turn of the century immigreants' yarn

Full Review… | October 30, 2006

Audience Reviews for Hester Street


A look at early "feminism" as we have the story of a woman trying to exceed traditional roles to embrace the lifestyle of a new country. This however is a dull rendition.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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