The Jazz Singer 1980

The Jazz Singer

Critics Consensus

Neil Diamond's foray into acting is a total miss in this gaudy and unconvincing remake, with Laurence Olivier on hand to deliver an excruciatingly campy performance.

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Jess Robin (Neil Diamond) dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch (Laurence Olivier), forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba (Franklin Ajaye), Jess gets a chance to go to Los Angeles and have famous singer Keith Lennox (Paul Nicholas) record one of his songs. Defying both his father and his wife, Jess leaves New York to pursue his dreams.

Cast & Crew

Neil Diamond
Yussel Rabinovitch
Laurence Olivier
Cantor Rabinovitch
Lucie Arnaz
Molly Bell
Catlin Adams
Rivka Rabinovitch
Paul Nicholas
Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar
Eddie Gibbs
James Booth
Paul Rossini
Samson Raphaelson
Writer (Story)
Stephen H. Foreman
Writer (Adaptation)
Herbert Baker
Screenwriter
Richard Bennett
Original Song
Gilbert Bécaud
Original Songs
Neil Diamond
Original Songs
Alan E. Lindgren
Original Song
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Critic Reviews for The Jazz Singer

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (17)

Audience Reviews for The Jazz Singer

  • Jul 30, 2010
    This was a pretty good movie. Some of the acting was really cheesy, but I thought it was entertaining enough.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2009
    Great for fans of the singer as i am but however this is a musical and i only like about two of them.
    Lee K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2007
    I had to watch this damn movie a bunch when I was a kid - NOTHING ELSE ON GODDAMN IT HBO!
    Chad R Super Reviewer

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