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130 min.
United States United States
Barbra Streisand, Jack Rosenthal (Story: Isaac Bashevis Singer)
Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
David Watkin
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Ladbroke / Barwood Films / United Artists
Musical. Drama. Romance | Romantic Drama. 1900s. Education
Synopsis / Plot
At the beginning of the XX century, in an Ashkenazic shtetl in Poland, Yentl Mendel (Barbra Streisand) is the boyishly klutzy daughter and only child of long widowed Rebbe Mendel, who teaches Talmud (a codification of Jewish Law) to local boys - and to Yentl, but secretly because girls were not allowed to learn the law in those days. When her father dies, Yentl is all alone in the world. She takes the momentous decision to leave the village and - disguised as a boy and calling herself by the name of her late brother, Anshel - seeks and gets admitted to a Yeshiva, to study the texts, traditions, subtleties and complexities of Torah, Talmud, etc. She befriends Avigdor (Mandy Patinkin) who is engaged to Haddas, but her family discovers his brother committed suicide so they call off the wedding (in case Avigdor possesses the same madness). Anshel then finds "him"-self in the awkward position of being called into service as substitute bridegroom, so that the wedding can go ahead and Haddas will have a husband.
1983: Oscar: Best Adapted Soundtrack. 5 Nominations
1983: 2 Golden Globes: Best Movie Comedy or Musical and Director. 6 Nom.
1983: 3 Nominations for Razzie Awards: Worst Actor, Sup. Actress and Original Score
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