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      Fiddler on the Roof

      G Released Jan 1, 1971 3h 1m Musical List
      81% Tomatometer 77 Reviews 92% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings A lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the century czarist Russia. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      A bird may love a fish -- and musical fans will love this adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof, even if it isn't quite as transcendent as the long-running stage version.

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      Joe Clay Times (UK) Topol, Israel's best-known actor, played Tevye... delivering an unforgettable and barnstorming (literally — see the If I Were a Rich Man number) performance in the film. Feb 28, 2024 Full Review Wanda Hale New York Daily News Fiddler on the Roof, stunning, joyful, jubilant and emotion stirring, is an artistic triumph for Norman Jewison. Rated: 4/4 May 17, 2023 Full Review Pauline Kael New Yorker The movie offers the pleasures of big, bold strokes; it's American folk opera, commercial style. May 16, 2023 Full Review Joe Baltake Philadelphia Daily News What Jewison has whipped up here is a sprawling, broad-shouldered family entertainment jam-packed with lively songs; warm, funny situations, and endearing characters. May 16, 2023 Full Review Richard Schickel LIFE Topol is all shrugs and sweet ingratiation. He even gets along with Cossacks. As a result the movie is soft and sugary right at its center and, excepting Leonard Frey... all performances struck me as rather gingerly. May 16, 2023 Full Review Stanley Eichelbaum San Francisco Examiner It pains me to report that the longest-running musical in Broadway history (and, for my money, the best) has been pickled -- rather than adapted for the screen -- in a brine of roadshow mediocrity. May 16, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Aidan B An absolutely beautiful masterpiece with memorable performances and iconic songs, "Fiddler on the Roof" is an instant classic and one of the better musicals made. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/25/24 Full Review Simon T Fiddler on the Roof is a great great musical and this is possibly Norman Jewison's finest film. A wonderful and witty book moves from the comedy of a poor milkman, Tevye, being usurped by his three eldest daughters choosing husbands he doesn't accept, to the dark brutality of the pogroms. Suddenly the security of tradition and cosy chats with God vanish... Anchored by a terrific central performance by Topol, it also is blessed with great music (Jerry Bock) and lyrics and luminous magic hour cinematography by Oswald Morris. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/24 Full Review Alec B One of the few musical adaptations where an emphasis on "realism" works. The filmmakers construct an entirely believable Jewish community in early 19th century Ukraine for the setting which gives the movie real emotional weight. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/14/23 Full Review Dallas H I finally sat down to watch this musical adaptation. After all, I've known of the famous song "If I Were A Rich Man" for a long time. I liked this movie. The story's final act saddened me, with the family preparing to move from Pale of Settlement to New York City. The conversation with the estranged daughter, who proclaims she doesn't want to live in a place of oppression, then proceeds to mention she will be moving to Krakow, Poland, with her husband before the two great World Wars, had me gasp out loud. I certainly want to sit down for a second viewing of the movie in the future. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review Leaburn O A village of Jews who really enjoy singing songs about everything get kicked off their land during a Tsarist era pogrom. Meanwhile some daughters get married and village life happens and things. Not being s fan of musicals but having an interest in Russian history, I'm willing to give this half marks but it really went on far too long seeing as the plot. was pretty thin. Bought on DVD a year ago and now watched. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review Isabella L The character of Tevye has become an iconic role in musical theatre and has been played by many notable actors, including Chaim Topol, Zero Mostel, and Alfred Molina. Fiddler on the Roof is a classic musical that has been performed countless times since its premiere in 1964. The play tells the story of Tevye, a Jewish milkman living in the village of Anatevka, and his struggles to maintain his traditions and faith in the face of changing social and political circumstances. One of the most impressive aspects of Fiddler on the Roof is the acting. The cast embodies the complex emotions and inner conflicts of their characters while also singing and dancing. In particular, the actor playing Tevye conveys a range of emotions, from humor to sadness to anger, and makes the character relatable to audiences of all backgrounds. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A lavishly produced and critically acclaimed screen adaptation of the international stage sensation tells the life-affirming story of Tevye (Topol), a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of turn-of-the century czarist Russia.
      Director
      Norman Jewison
      Producer
      Norman Jewison
      Screenwriter
      Sholom Aleichem, Joseph Stein
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      Mirisch Company, Cartier Productions
      Rating
      G
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 1, 1971, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Runtime
      3h 1m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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