The film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and Julia, a wealthy girl who turns her back on her upbringing to follow her ideals. In the 1930s, while the adult Hellman (Jane Fonda) struggles to establish herself as a playwright with the help of her lover, Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) battles the exigencies of the Nazi regime. Visiting Julia in Germany, Lillian realizes how much her friend's idealism has cost her, both physically and financially. Lillian is asked by Julia's friend Johann (Maximilian Schell) to smuggle a large sum of money from Paris to Germany, the better to combat the Nazis from within. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting awards, Julia won for Alvin Sargent's screenplay and Robards' and Redgrave's performances, leading to Redgrave's infamous "Zionist hoodlums" acceptance speech. … More
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Critic Reviews for Julia
Beautifully crafted, nominated for nine Academy Awards, a big hit at the box office -- and a dramatic dud.
The period environment, brilliantly recreated in production design, costuming and color processing, complements the topflight performances and direction.
The film has star appeal and gossip appeal, and the disc's soundtrack makes viewing it worthwhile, but sometimes you want to reach through the screen, reach through characters, reach through the words, reach through every layer of artistic endeavor, and s
Hansomely mounted but superficially written, Julia lacks dramatic focus, reflecting confusion as to what exactly Lillian Hellman's memory text is about, but the actresses, especially Vanessa Redgrave, are fascinating
Lillian Hellman's tight autobiographical story about memory and friendship gets the full Zinnemann gloss-wash.
An understatedly suspenseful drama with both Fonda and Redgrave giving impassioned performances.
The movie looks soft, which has nothing to do with the Hellman flintiness, guts, self-mockery, wisdom, above all, impatience with cant.
Fascinating, well structured drama with Fonda and Redgrave at their best.
This movie's problems start with its point of view, and it never quite recovers from them.
Powerful story with superb performances.
Julia gives us a genuine and affecting portrait of a friendship between two women who confirm each other and strengthen their bonds over the years.
Um dos mistérios do Oscar, que, além de premiar uma atuação banal de Robards, indicou este filme apenas mediano em 10 outras categorias. Marcou a estréia de Streep nas telas.
The individual lives of Julia and Hellman are well handled, but it's the relationship between the two women which makes this such great cinema.
We realize as the film closes that we are in no better position than we were at the beginning to fill in that opaque silhouette of Lillian Hellman.
Audience Reviews for Julia
How much is fact and how much fiction is questionable but with storytelling and acting this good it doesn't really matter. Everyone is exceptionally good but Vanessa Redgrave is great, along with Julie Christie one of the greatest actresses living today.More
I expected Jane Fonda and Jason Robards to be great. I had really come to like them as I worked through my Oscar list. Maybe the topic just went over my head, maybe it was too literary, I just remember I was bored and didn't get it.More
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