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Powerful but quiet portrait of the break-up of the family unit as seen from the perspective of a Russian family settled in Baltimore at the close of WWII. Initally, the family is unified in their goals, ideologies, and social lives. Gradually, all of this disintegrates; members move to the suburbs and TV replaces conversation at holiday gatherings. Levinson based his film on experiences within his own family of Russian Jewish immigrants.

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Available on Running time 126 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Comedy Drama, Baltimore, Immigration, Thanksgiving, Family Drama
Barry Levinson
Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, Lou Jacobi, Leo Fuchs, Eve Gordon, Kevin Pollak, Israel Rubinek, Elijah Wood, Grant Gelt, Bernard Hiller
Allen Daviau
Barry Levinson
Randy Newman
Tri-Star Pictures, Columbia Pictures


Writers Guild 1990: Orig. Screenplay.

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Truus Brussee-Decock

My husband and I watched the movie on US Thanksgiving day and found it a very touching story. Having experienced WW2 (when I was a toddler)in Holland and moving to Canada in 1960 we certainly could identify in more ways than one. I am surprised no reviews were written. Very well written and actors very real.