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The Jazz Singer (1980)

The Jazz Singer (1980)




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This third remake of the 1927 film stars pop-singer Neil Diamond as the Jewish lad who dreams of stardom against the wishes of his cantor father (Laurence Olivier).

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Neil Diamond
as Yussel Rabinovitch
Laurence Olivier
as Cantor Rabinovitch
Lucie Arnaz
as Molly Bell
Catlin Adams
as Rivka Rabinovitch
Paul Nicholas
as Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar
as Eddie Gibbs
James Booth
as Paul Rossini
Rod Gist
as Timmy
Walter Janowitz
as Rabbi Birnbaum
Janet Brandt
as Aunt Tillie
John Witherspoon
as M.C. Cinderella Club
Hank Garrett
as Police Sergeant
James Karen
as Barney Callahan
Jill Jaress
as Cowgirl
Victor Paul
as Irate Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Jazz Singer

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

The most cautious soft-rock superstar movie debut you'll ever get to see.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Jazz Singer has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Mr. Diamond, looking glum and seldom making eye contact with anyone, isn't enough of a focus for the outmoded story.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Richard Fleischer's direction is appropriately close-in and small, and Diamond himself, while no actor, proves to be a commandingly intense, brooding presence.

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

Stick with Jolson's version via 1927. Or even the Danny Thomas take. Skip Neil.

February 17, 2008

The third and, one hopes, final remake of THE Jazz Singer is the least interesting attempt so far.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for The Jazz Singer

The critics really got it wrong on this film, as I've never met anyone who didn't enjoy it! Not only did Neil Diamond write and perform the best album of his career, both he and Lucie Arnaz deliver very natural and charming performances that are much more interesting to watch than Laurence Olivier's overwrought dramatics. This soundtrack should have won an Academy Award or two...

David McNott
David McNott

This was a pretty good movie. Some of the acting was really cheesy, but I thought it was entertaining enough.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

Great for fans of the singer as i am but however this is a musical and i only like about two of them.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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