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Yentl (1983)

A Jewish girl disguises herself as a boy to enter religious training.

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Cast

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Reb Alter Vishkower
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Ruth Goring ...
Esther Rachel Vishkower
David de Keyser ...
Rabbi Zalman (as David De Keyser)
Bernard Spear ...
Doreen Mantle ...
Mrs. Shaemen
Lynda Baron ...
Peshe (as Lynda Barron)
Jack Lynn ...
Anna Tzelniker ...
Mrs. Kovner
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Sarah
Mary Henry ...
Mrs. Jacobs
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Storyline

Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school. Written by grantss

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

6 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Йентл  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$341,768, 20 November 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,218,899
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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Diane Lane auditioned for the role of Hadass. She later became Barbra Streisand's stepdaughter-in-law when she married Josh Brolin. See more »

Goofs

Anshel's suit coat is buttoned as if it were a woman's coat. It's not a flipped shot; Avigdor is wearing a man's coat in the same frame. See more »

Quotes

Avigdor: I can't believe this, I'm arguing with a woman!
Yentl: It's not the first time.
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the closing credits: This film is dedicated to my father... and to all our fathers. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in An Officer and a Yentlman (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Will Someone Ever Look at Me That Way?
(uncredited)
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Barbra Streisand
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yentl -- not gentle...on the ears
15 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This might be the worst film ever made, and is possibly worth seeing for that reason alone. Streisand is laughably unbelievable as a young woman posing as a man in order to study Judaism. The soundtrack is torturous, featuring Barbara belting out some of the weakest blather ever put to film. And don't even get me started on the plot. You will actually get more chuckles out of this film than many comedies because it is soooooooo terrible. The rampant ego of Streisand, thinking she could somehow raise this stinker to Oscar heights, led to this disaster. I'm pretty sure the novelist, Isaac Bashevis Singer, hated this film and never forgave Streisand. I can't blame him. This movie is like watching a car wreck in slow motion for two hours with the soundtrack of 'The Sound of Music' being played backwards on an old turntable. It's truly that bad. I'm amazed that anyone from Streisand enjoyed this movie on the level that it was intended.


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