I'm Not Rappaport (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

I'm Not Rappaport (1996)




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Nat is a Jew with leftist leanings. Midge is an African-American boiler tender. Together they meet on a bench in NYC's Central Park. Neither are happy about the future, until Nat convinces Midge to join him in his imaginative character creations.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
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Universal Pictures

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Ossie Davis
as Midge
Amy Irving
as Clara
Craig T. Nelson
as The Cowboy
Boyd Gaines
as Danforth
Elina Löwensohn
as Clara Lemlich
Ron Rifkin
as Feigenbaum
Marin Hinkle
as Hannah
Nancy Giles
as Ella Mae Tilden
Mina Bern
as Rifka
Salem Ludwig
as Walter
Fanni Green
as July Carbonelle
Shirl Bernheim
as Russian Lady
Steve Ryan
as Harry
Alan North
as Gristedes Customer
Sidney Armus
as Gristedes Customer
Tony Gillan
as Gristedes Customer
York Bergin
as Boy at Gristedes
Richard Korthaze
as Tango Dancer and Partner
Arthur Anderson
as Mr. Gunther
Michael Angarano
as 3-Year-Old Cowboy
Jennie Moreau
as Mother of 3-Year-Old Cowboy
Jake Gardner
as Bat Kid
Adam Lamberg
as Spiderman Kid
Josh Pais
as Rodney
Elvis Nolasco
as Driver
Bobby Cannavale
as Parking Lot Customer
Peter Friedman
as Young Nat's Father
Alexander Goodwin
as 5-Year-Old Nat
Cheryl Giannini
as Italian Woman
Donna Hooper
as Strike Woman
Diana Agostini
as Strike Woman
Katherine Hiler
as Strike Woman
Tessa Auberjonois
as Strike Woman
Heather Goldenhersh
as Strike Woman
Edoardo Ballerini
as Man at Rally
Jonathan Teague Cook
as Homeless Man
Richard Spore
as Homeless Man
Ray Anthony Thomas
as Homeless Man
Marion Killinger
as Homeless Man
Adger Cowans
as The Saxophonist
Phillip Parnes
as The Violinist
Arturo Millan
as Drummer
Sammy Garruba
as Doorman
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Critic Reviews for I'm Not Rappaport

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

This is good stuff. Unfortunately, director Herb Gardner is a little too fond of writer Herb Gardner's script, which just keeps going and going and going -- until even two old pros such as Walter and Ossie have worn out their welcome.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Under Gardner's heavy-handed direction it doesn't transfer well from stage to screen.

Full Review… | August 5, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A stable of solid performances, led by leads Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis, are all there is to recommend.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004

NOT A COMEDY. So depressing.

September 9, 2003

The fire in Nat's belly and his zeal for justice make him an unforgettable character.

Full Review… | February 24, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

The stuff of Hollywood? I don't think so.

June 25, 2001

Audience Reviews for I'm Not Rappaport


Gardner did the impossible....make us sick of listening to two wonderful actors.100% the director/writers fault.

bill secor
bill secor

When I 1st saw I'm Not Rappaport, I wasn't too impressed but after seeing it again yesterday after all this time, It was better then what I remembered.Walter Matthau & Ossie Davis were great together

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


This felt like it was based on a play...one of the long, "meaningful" ones that are more about wandering around a character than telling a story. Those have never really appealed to me, and the narrative here isn't enough to keep the movie going. Walter Matthau is good, as he usually is, but every five minutes of this movie felt like an hour. Without the energy of live performance, there's nothing to keep this movie on its feet.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

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