Yentl 1983

Yentl

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Rebbe Mendel is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl, despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

Cast & Crew

Barbra Streisand
Yentl (aka Anshel)
Nehemiah Persoff
Reb Mendel 'Papa'
Steven Hill
Reb Alter Vishkower
Ruth Goring
Esther Rachel
David de Keyser
Rabbi Zalman
Doreen Mantle
Mrs. Shaemen
Jack Rosenthal
Screenwriter
Larry DeWaay
Executive Producer
David Watkin
Cinematographer
Terry Rawlings
Film Editor
Michel Legrand
Original Music
Roy Walker
Production Design
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Critic Reviews for Yentl

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Audience Reviews for Yentl

  • Feb 12, 2016
    Good film with lots of terribly bland songs.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    Well done, but Barbara is a bit hammy. Pleasant (although often unmemorable) songs. And again -- doesn't Mandy Patinkin play the pan flute for a living nowadays?!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2008
    'Yentl' is a middle-ground musical, one that covers all the conventions necessary, that is full of heart and soul, but despite sticking so carefully to formula doesn't make the cut into brilliance, and only just remains memorable with the audience. Barbara Streisand isn't as convincing as we would like, especially as a young boy, but delivers a performance with great effort and true devotion to the material, which she produced, co-wrote and directed. The film's storyline is the typical follow-your-heart and dreams which is so common to musicals, but it maintains some orginality in the serious, personal attitude it takes to the protagonists problem. We feel for Yentl, and want her to succeed - thanks in particular to some operatic and astounding songs from Streisand. The film is too long, and often melodramatic, but it's a well made musical that has it's heart in the right place, and the ending ensures it doesn't fall into soppy romance. Worth a look, especially if you love musicals, but it's ambition unfortunately exceeds the final execution.
    John A Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2007
    Great movie! Love this!
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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