Julia (1987)



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The film traces the lifelong relationship between playwright Lillian Hellman and Julia, a wealthy girl who turns her back on her upbringing to follow her ideals. In the 1930s, while the adult Hellman (Jane Fonda) struggles to establish herself as a playwright with the help of her lover, Dashiell Hammett (Jason Robards), Julia (Vanessa Redgrave) battles the exigencies of the Nazi regime. Visiting Julia in Germany, Lillian realizes how much her friend's idealism has cost her, both physically and financially. Lillian is asked by Julia's friend Johann (Maximilian Schell) to smuggle a large sum of money from Paris to Germany, the better to combat the Nazis from within. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and four acting awards, Julia won for Alvin Sargent's screenplay and Robards' and Redgrave's performances, leading to Redgrave's infamous "Zionist hoodlums" acceptance speech.
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Jane Fonda
as Lillian Hellman
Jason Robards
as Dashiell Hammett
Hal Holbrook
as Alan Campbell
Rosemary Murphy
as Dorothy Parker
Meryl Streep
as Anne Marie
John Glover
as Sammy
Dora Doll
as Woman Passenger
Lisa Pelikan
as Young Julia
Susan Jones
as Young Lillian
Elisabeth Mortensen
as Train Passenger
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Grandmother
Maurice Denham
as Undertaker
Gerard Buhr
as Passport Officer
Stefan Gryff
as `Hamlet'
Phillip Siegel
as Little Boy
Ann Queensberry
as Woman in Berlin Station
Edmond Bernard
as Man in Berlin Station
David Jacques
as Fat Man
Jacqueline Staup
as Woman in Green Hat
Hans Verner
as Vienna Concierge
Christian de Tilière
as Paris Concierge
Shane Rimmer
as Customs Officer, New York Port Authority
Don Koll
as First-Nighter at Sardi's
Jim Kane
as Sardi
Dick Marr
as Sardi Customer
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Critic Reviews for Julia

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (5)

It's all in such good taste that it's downright stupefying.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The period environment, brilliantly recreated in production design, costuming and color processing, complements the topflight performances and direction.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Lillian Hellman's tight autobiographical story about memory and friendship gets the full Zinnemann gloss-wash.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie looks soft, which has nothing to do with the Hellman flintiness, guts, self-mockery, wisdom, above all, impatience with cant.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

This movie's problems start with its point of view, and it never quite recovers from them.

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

How curious that in a movie titled Julia, the least interesting character would be ... Julia.

Full Review… | May 7, 2016
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Julia


This decent film has a great cinematography and knows how to build tension in a scene that takes place in a train, but apart from that it didn't deserve most of the Oscar nominations and wins that it got and feels a bit unclear about its purpose, reaching an anticlimactic ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Had a hard time staying with the film, but it was pretty good.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

I expected Jane Fonda and Jason Robards to be great. I had really come to like them as I worked through my Oscar list. Maybe the topic just went over my head, maybe it was too literary, I just remember I was bored and didn't get it.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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