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Joshua Then and Now (1985)

Joshua Then and Now





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The early ups and later downs in the life of Joshua Shapiro (James Woods) more or less describe the trajectory of this semi-autobiographical film, adapted from the book by Mordecai Richler. Joshua is a Jewish Canadian writer who has returned from living in England for nearly three decades, only to see the major components of his life disintegrate around him. Flashbacks tell the tale of Joshua's childhood -- raised by a father who is an ex-boxer with a creative approach to earning a living (illegally) and a mother who earns her living as a stripper. Leaving this background and his coming-of-age behind him, Joshua flies off to England and gains a reputation as a writer, marrying a politically leftist but socially elite wife. On his return to Canada at the end of the '70s, everything around him collapses. His best friend dies, his brother-in-law kills himself, there is a smear campaign against him, and someone is out to blackmail him. Things only get worse, in fact, before they level off. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
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James Woods
as Joshua Shapiro
Gabrielle Lazure
as Pauline Shapiro
Alan Arkin
as Reuben Shapiro
Michael Sarrazin
as Kevin Hornby
Linda Sorenson
as Esther Shapiro
Alan Scarfe
as Jack Trimble
Kate Trotter
as Jane Trimble
Alexander Knox
as Sen. Hornby
Chuck Shamata
as Seymour Kaplan
Paul Hecht
as Eli Seligson
Henry Beckman
as Det. Stuart McMaster
Eric Kimmel
as Young Joshua
Harvey Atkin
as Dr. Jonathan Cole
Robert Joy
as Colin Fraser
Catherine Colvey
as Mrs. Abbott
Kliment Denchev
as Bulgarian Poet
James di Salvio
as Barmitzvah Boy
Patrick Gill
as Barmitzvah Boy
Murray Greenberg
as Barmitzvah Boy
Robert Howard
as Alex Shapiro
Yuval Kernerman
as Young Seymour Kaplan
Jason Lang
as Barmitzvah Boy
Sonny Lewis
as Doorman
Bronwen Mantel
as Mrs. Friar
Arn Meldrum
as Barmitzvah Boy
Nüvit Özdogru
as Bulgarian Translator
Yohan Perez
as Barmitzvah Boy
Andrew Powell
as Ralph Murdoch
Philip Pretten
as Mr. Friar
Michael Richman
as Barmitzvah Boy
Jack Rider
as Dr. Danzinger
Rob Roy
as Mr. Abbott
Talya Rubin
as Susy Shapiro
Warren Rubin
as Barmitzvah Boy
Joshua Shore
as Barmitzvah Boy
Danny Silverman
as Barmitzvah Boy
Linda Smith
as Mrs. Hickey
Harriet Stein
as Woman on Telephone
John Zobolas
as Barmitzvah Boy
Ken Hudson Campbell
as Sidney Murdoch
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Radiates energy. Alan Arkin's zany performance as Reuben is a comic tour de force.

Full Review… | August 22, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

July 9, 2005

January 1, 2000
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