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Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 December 1986 (USA)
Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to ... See full summary »

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Eugene, a young teenage Jewish boy, recalls his memoirs of his time as an adolescent youth. He lives with his parents, his aunt, two cousins, and his brother, Stanley, whom he looks up to and admires. He goes through the hardships of puberty, sexual fantasy, and living the life of a poor boy in a crowded house. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Meet Eugene Jerome and his family, fighting the hard times and sometimes each other. See more »

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25 December 1986 (USA)  »

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Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,580,750, 28 December 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,957,943
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As customary for most of the filmed versions of his plays, playwright 'Neil Simon' penned the screenplay for this movie of his 1983 Tony Award winning play "Brighton Beach Memoirs". See more »

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Stanley: Jesus, how horny can you get?
Eugene: I don't know. What's the highest score?
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Referenced in One True Thing (1998) See more »

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Infatuation
Written by Walter G. Samuels and Leonard Whitcup
Performed George Hall and His Orchestra
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Brigton Beach Memories-Brooklyn Can't Get Better Than This ****
5 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Blythe Danner and Judith Ivey deliver wonderful performances here as Jonathan Silverman, as Eugene, recounts his life in 1937's Brighton Beach.

What makes the film so good is the relationships among the characters with a backdrop of extremely wonderful family values.

Bob Dishy had a marvelous opportunity here as the father of the clan. He gives a restrained but compelling performance as the patriarch of the family.

His sons played by Jonathan Silverman and Brian Dillinger are fabulous. There are certain scenes when Silverman is skating or hopping where I'm reminded of Jerry Lewis.

As for Danner and Ivey, they too are wonderful. Their mannerisms, intonation and idealism of the Jewish culture are beautifully realized by them.

The cinematography is just wonderful. Beautiful Brighton in 1937! Even as the inevitability of war loomed, the film is rich with many of the typical problems faced by families in that period. In a sense, you don't have to be Jewish to experience what the family is going through.

A must see for nostalgic buffs, and those of us who believe so strongly in family values.


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