Avalon (1990)




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The third of director Barry Levinson's autobiographical "Baltimore Trilogy" (the first two entries were Diner and Tin Men), Avalon covers nearly forty years in the lives of an immigrant Jewish family. Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrates to Baltimore in 1914, where Sam's brothers Gabriel (Lou Jacobi), Hymie (Leo L. Fuchs), and Nathan (Israel Rubinek) are awaiting his arrival. By and by, Sam meets his future wife, Eva (Joan Plowright). With the introduction of the Krichinsky's grown son Jules (Aidan Quinn), the film ventures into culture-clash country. Unwilling to become a manual laborer like his dad, Jules opts for the life of a door-to-door salesman. Eventually, he teams with his cousin Izzy (Kevin Pollak) to open the first TV store in Baltimore. Thereafter, the disintegration of the Krichinsky family is paralleled by the rise of TV's omnipresence in the American home. Avalon's elegiac and melancholy effect is underlined by Randy Newman's soulful musical score.
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Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Sam Krichinsky
Leo Fuchs
as Hymie Krichinsky
Lou Jacobi
as Gabriel Krichinsky
Joan Plowright
as Eva Krichinsky
Aidan Quinn
as Jules Kaye
Kevin Pollak
as Izzy Kirk
Israel Rubinek
as Nathan Krichinsky
Eve Gordon
as Dottie Kirk
Elijah Wood
as Michael Kaye
Grant Gelt
as Teddy Kirk
Jesse Adelman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Shifra Lerer
as Nellie Krichinsky
Mina Bern
as Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek
as Faye Krichinsky
Herb Levison
as Rabbi at Funeral
Neil Kirk
as Herbie
Irv Stein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Sylvia Weinberg
as Mrs. Parkes
Ralph Tabakin
as Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson
as Moving Man
Miles A. Perman
as Gas Attendant
Beatrice Yoffe
as Nursing Home Receptionist
Brian Sher
as Country Club Page
Frank Tamburo
as Mugger
Patrick Flynn
as Fire Chief
Herb Levinson
as Rabbi at Funeral
Paul Quinn
as K & K Employee
Kevin Blum
as Young Jules
Pat Flynn
as Fire Chief
Alvin Myerovich
as The Father
Moishe Rosenfeld
as William as a Young Man
Michael Krauss
as Sam as a Young Man
Michael David Edelstein
as Gabriel as a Young Man
Bernard Hiller
as Hymie as a Young Man
Brian Shait
as Nathan as a Young Man
Dawne Hindle
as Eva as a Young Woman
Christine Mosere
as Nellie as a Young Woman
Anna Bergman
as Alice as a Young Woman
Mary Lechter
as Faye as a Young Woman
Barbara Morris
as Mollie as a Young Woman
Tom Wood
as Michael as an Adult
Christopher James Lekas
as Sam, Michael's Son
Ava Eileen Quinn
as David as a Baby
David Thornhill
as David (age 8 months)
Jordan Young
as David (age 10)
Tammy Walker
as Camera Girl
David Long
as TV Commercial Director
Brenda Alford
as Night Club Singer
Joy Thomas
as Country Club Singer
James A. Zemarel
as Supper Club Singer
Judy Bach
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Alisa Bernstein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Eva Cohen
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Josh Lessner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Samantha Shenk
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Patty Sherman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Thelma Weiner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Robert Zalkind
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Léo L. Fuchs
as Hymie Krichinsky
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Critic Reviews for Avalon

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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January 6, 2004
Village Voice
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Avalon


Lovely, marvelous little film. A film about nostalgia and the past, so I course I'll love it. It's a little tough on the cultural role of TV, but it argues its case in an interesting way. Great characters, feels like a real family (makes sense since apparently this is based on Levinson's life). The ending is also great (hopeful and sad simultaneously).

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Sweet. Realistic. A bit slow, but rich in character and well-acted.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

A film that has had a lasting impression on me my entire life. Resonates and works on many levels, and rewards repeat viewing. Visually beautiful and narratively sound.

Elyse Endick
Elyse Endick

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