Skokie (1981)

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Skokie is the true story of a critical test of Constitutional rights in Illinois. In 1977, a small band of American neo-fascists calling itself the National Socialist Party of America plans to stage a swastika-dominated demonstration and rally. Their intended site is the Chicago suburb of Skokie, a town populated predominantly by Jews--many of them survivors of the Nazi holocaust. Jewish ACLU lawyer John Rubinstein is compelled to lobby for the National Socialists' freedom to express their views, despite his own inner turmoil over defending the very people who'd destroy him. The most vocal opponent to the planned rally is Skokie senior citizen Max Liebman (Danny Kaye), who spent five years in Hitler's death camps. Ernest Kinoy's teleplay for Skokie is fair-minded to a fault, presenting all points of view with equanimity, proving that there are no simple solutions when the fundamental right of Free Speech is involved.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama
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Studio:
Titus Productions

Cast

Danny Kaye
as Max Feldman
John Rubinstein
as Herb Lewisohn
Kim Hunter
as Bertha Feldman
Eli Wallach
as Bert Silverman
Carl Reiner
as Abbot Rosen
Brian Dennehy
as Police Chief
George Dzundza
as Frank Collin
Ed Flanders
as Mayor Albert J. Smith
Stephen D. Newman
as Aryeh Neier
James Sutorius
as David Hamlin
Lee Strasberg
as Morton Weisman
Marin Kanter
as Janet Feldman
Robin Bartlett
as JDL Girl
David Hurst
as Sol Goldstein
Robin Moore
as Penny
Michele Shay
as Sheila
Jack Callahan
as Father Kelly
Dan Conway
as Anchorman
Dick Cusack
as Board Member
Beatrice Fredman
as Survivor
Marie Mathay
as Phyllis
Ward Ohrman
as Judge
Ned Schmidtke
as Reporter
Taylor Williams
as Reporter
Patti Wilkus
as Survivor
Joseph Leon
as Hershkowitz
Charles Levin
as Rabbi Steinberg
Jack Orend
as Nazi
Ruth Nelson
as Grandma Jannsen
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½

Powerful with a great cast.

Anthony Valletta
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