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Julia (1977)

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Lillian
Vanessa Redgrave ... Julia
Jason Robards ... Hammett
Maximilian Schell ... Johann
Hal Holbrook ... Alan
Rosemary Murphy ... Dottie
Meryl Streep ... Anne Marie
Dora Doll ... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger
John Glover ... Sammy
Lisa Pelikan ... Young Julia
Susan Jones Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother
Maurice Denham ... Undertaker
Mark Metcalf ... Pratt
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Storyline

This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by Jwelch5742

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The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

20 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Júlia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400, 31 December 1977
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was during her Best Supporting Actress Oscar acceptance speech for this movie that Vanessa Redgrave incurred the wrath of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) when she declared: "... and I salute you, and I pay tribute to you, and I think you should be very proud, that in the last few weeks you have stood firm, and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums, whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world, and to their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression. And I pledge to you that I will continue to fight against anti-Semitism and fascism. Thank you." (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - 3 April 1978) See more »

Goofs

June 1934 began on a Friday, not a Monday. See more »

Quotes

Julia: I want you to know that you've been better than a good friend to me. You've done something important. We can save 500 people. Maybe, maybe a thousand if we can bargain right.
Lillian: Jews?
Julia: About half are Jews. Political people. We can only do today what we can do today. And today you did if for us.
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Connections

Referenced in The 52nd Annual Academy Awards (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

My Blue Heaven
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played on a record and Danced by Lisa Pelikan and Susan Jones
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A great movie
12 February 2006 | by JasparLamarCrabbSee all my reviews

Fred Zinnemann's last great movie. Based on part of Lillian Hellman's memoir, the film stars Jane Fonda as Hellman as she recounts her friendship with the enigmatic JULIA, played by Vanessa Redgrave. Fonda is a bit too pretty to be entirely convincing as the homely Hellman, but she gives a gutsy performance, playing well with Redgrave and, to a greater degree, Jason Robards, who plays Dashell Hammett. Alvin Sargent's screenplay cleverly bends time, jumping back and forth as the story of Hellman's friendship with Julia is told. Zinnemann creates a melancholy feel that's sustained throughout. The movie has a deliberate pace not usually allowed in Hollywood. The excellent music by Georges Delerue is haunting and the cinematography by the under-appreciated Douglas Slocombe is beautiful. The supporting cast features Maximillian Schell, Cathleen Nesbitt as Julia's grandmother, Meryl Streep, Rosemary Murphy as Dorothy Parker and Hal Holbrook as Parker's husband Alan Campbell. They're all terrific with the exception of Holbrook, who tries to convey a witty raconteur, but only makes Campbell out to be a real jerk.


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