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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.

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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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