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Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)




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Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of playwright Neil Simon's unofficial "autobiographical trilogy" (it was followed by Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound). Jonathan Silverman repeats his stage role as Simon's teenaged alter-ego Eugene, who lives in 1937 Brooklyn with his parents (Blythe Danner and Bob Dishy), older brother Stanley (Brian Drillinger), aunt (Judith Ivey) and female cousins (Stacey Glick and Lisa Waltz). Much is made of Eugene's burgeoning sexual self-awareness and his father's efforts to support his huge extended family on his meager salary.
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Jonathan Silverman
as Eugene Morris Jerome
Judith Ivey
as Blanche
Fyvush Finkel
as Greenblatt
Kathleen Doyle
as Mrs. Laski
Alan Weeks
as Andrew
Marilyn Cooper
as Woman in Street
Edgard Mourino
as Stunt Driver
Jason Alexander
as Pool Player
Christian Baskous
as Pool Player
Brian Evers
as Policeman
Ed Deacy
as Policeman
Wanda Bimson
as Dance Teacher
Richard Bright
as Recruiting Sergeant
James Handy
as Frank Murphy
Bette Henritze
as Mrs. Murphy
Steven Hill
as Mr. Stroheim
David Margulies
as Mr. Farber
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Critic Reviews for Brighton Beach Memoirs

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Poignant portrayal of puberty has sexual content, profanity.

Full Review… | July 26, 2014
Common Sense Media

The general measure of audience enjoyment for a film based on Simon has everything to do with one's tolerance for the playwright.

Full Review… | October 29, 2009

A warm & witty memoir from Neil Simon.

April 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Brighton Beach Memoirs


Hilarious movie, and it paints a good picture of what the Great Depression was really like, and how families in the depression faced multiple problems. I find this movie to be not just funny but somewhat emotional in parts, when characters are facing problems and are arguing with each other. This is a very good adaption of a very good play, I highly recommend it.

Phil Brown
Phil Brown

Great Movie ..One Of Jonathan Silverman's Best !... He's My Fav Actor.. I Have Seen It Many Times....A Movie You Can Watch Over,And Over.

Miranda Precour
Miranda Precour

One of my favorite movies about growing up in New York City .. I mean who couldn't love Neil Simon's writing.

Karen Kelly
Karen Kelly

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