Yentl

1983

Yentl

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69%

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Total Count: 16

75%

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For her directorial debut, Barbra Streisand adapted Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story Yentl. Set in the early 1900s in Eastern Europe, Yentl is the story of a young Jewish woman who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to receive an education. Once she is studying among the Orthodox Jewish rabbis, she falls in love with another student; her situation is further complicated when a woman falls in love her. With the help of Michel Legrand and Alan and Marilyn Bergman (who won Academy Awards for their score), Streisand turned Singer's simple story into a full-blown musical, complete with 12 songs.

Cast

Amy Irving
as Hadass
Steven Hill
as Reb Alter Vishkower
Alan Corduner
as Shimmele
Ruth Goring
as Esther Rachel
Doreen Mantle
as Mrs. Shaemen
Jack Lynn
as Bookseller
Anna Tzelniker
as Mrs. Kovner
Mary Henry
as Mrs. Jacobs
Robbie Barnett
as Tailor's Assistant
Ian Sears
as David
Renata Buser
as Mrs. Shaemen's Daughter
Frank Baker
as Village Student
Anthony Dean Rubes
as Village Student
Kerry Shale
as Student
Gary Brown
as Student
David de Keyser
as Rabbi Zalman
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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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