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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

Genres
Comedy Drama, Baltimore, Immigration, Thanksgiving, Family Drama
Screenplay
Barry Levinson
Cast
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
Cinematography
Allen Daviau
Director
Barry Levinson
Music
Randy Newman
Producer
Tri-Star Pictures, Columbia Pictures

Awards

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.