Fiddler on the Roof 1971

Directed By: Norman Jewison

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by Gary on 5/11/2009

I'd rate this movie as one of the best 5 movies ever made. What more can I say?

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"An outstanding accomplishment in every category" (Boxoffice), this 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.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director and featuring such classic songs as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset," Fiddler on the Roof is a universal story of hope, love and acceptance -- a "stunning, joyful and jubilant" (New York Daily News) musical masterpiece.


Studio Mgm Entertainment
SKU 204821925
UPC 027616085375
UPC 14 00027616085375
Format DVD
Release Date 10/9/2012
Rating Rating
Family Interaction
Jewish Heritage
Love Story
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Ukrainian milkman Tevye clings desperately to the old Jewish traditions while all around him the world changes, day by day. His three daughters marry men he considers more and more unacceptable, and the ruling Russian government's anti-Semitism threatens to drive him from his home. Based on the enormously successful Broadway show with great performances and unforgettable songs. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Topol. Academy Awards: 3, including Best (Adapted) Song Score.
Total Film "...A real showstopper, with some first-class tunes and a fantastic central performance..." 12/01/2003 p.127
Sight and Sound "Just when the big-budget musical seemed to be lumbering into history, along came FIDDLER with its emotional resonance and killer craftsmanship." 03/01/2004 p.77
Entertainment Weekly "It's a wonderful way to revisit -- or discover -- a stunner of a musical." -- Grade: A 02/02/2007 p.111
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "A magnificent realization which tugs at all the emotions with skill, artistry and great enthusiasm." 03/01/2007 p.113
Norman Jewison
Name Topol
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Cast & Crew
Antony Gibbs - Editor
Jerry Bock - Original Music By
Joseph Stein - Screenplay
Leonard Frey - Actor
Michael Glaser - Actor
Michele Marsh - Actor
Molly Picon - Actor
Norma Crane - Actor
Norman Jewison - Director
Norman Jewison - Producer
Oswald Morris - Cinematographer
Patrick J. Palmer - Producer
Paul Mann - Actor
Robert Lawrence - Editor
Rosalind Harris - Actor
Sholom Aleichem - Based On Book By
Topol - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 108537
UPC 00027616085375
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 181 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Winner (1972) Golden Globe, Fiddler on the Roof, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,Golden Globe, Topol, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy,Oscar, Oswald Morris, Best Cinematography,Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score,Oscar, Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard, Best Sound
Nominee (1972) Oscar, Topol, Best Actor in a Leading Role,Oscar, Leonard Frey, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Oscar, Robert F. Boyle, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Norman Jewison, Best Director,Oscar, Norman Jewison, Best Picture
Golden Globe (1972) Fiddler on the Roof, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy,Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture,Paul Mann, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture,Topol, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy
Oscar (1972) Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard, Winner, Best Sound,John Williams, Winner, Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score,Leonard Frey, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Director,Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Picture,Oswald Morris, Winner, Best Cinematography,Robert F. Boyle, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Topol, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Fiddler on the Roof was inarguably one of the most beloved stage musicals of the second half of the 20th century. Based on a series of short stories by Ukranian writer Sholom Aleichem (the "Jewish Mark Twain"), the Harold Prince production opened on Broadway in September 1964. More than seven years later, when Norman Jewison's screen version was released, millions around the world were already familiar with the story of Tevye and his family. The motion picture adaptation further widened Fiddler on the Roof's audience and increased interest in the long-running play...As with any musical, the focus never strays far from the songs, and Fiddler on the Roof contains a number of instantly recognizable numbers, from the lively and uplifting "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man," and "To Life" to the delightful "Matchmaker" and the sublime "Sunrise, Sunset." In all, the film contains more than a dozen songs...However, those in search of a particularly rousing rendition need look no further than "If I Were a Rich Man."...Fiddler on the Roof is not a perfect motion picture - it is too long and there are times when it's obvious that the musical numbers have been pre-recorded then lip-synched - but it represents an enjoyable three hours...Jewison's attention to detail is undeniable - great care was taken to represent Jewish customs as accurately as possible. The cinematography (by Oswald Morris, who won an Oscar) is gorgeous, starting with a glorious sunrise over Anatevka and concluding with a long-distance view of Tevye and his family silhouetted against a slate-gray sky. For Fiddler on the Roof, Jewison, who had previously gained notice with such films as The Cincinnati Kid and In the Heat of the Night, and who would go on to make ...And Justice for All and Moonstruck, immersed himself in the material, creating an effective and enduring cinematic representation of a great play.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I suppose "Fiddler on the Roof" is just the movie that lovers of the stage play were waiting for -- and since "Fiddler" is the most popular stage musical in history, that's something, all right...But would it be heresy on my part to suggest that "Fiddler" isn't much as a musical, and that director Norman Jewison has made as good a film as can be made from a story that is quite simply boring?...The problem with "Fiddler" is that it's so fantastically far from the roots of its story that it might as well be moved to Ireland, where the peasants could grow potatoes instead of corn...That leaves (you are probably bursting to tell me) the songs and the dances, of course. They're fine. It is good to hear the show's hit songs for the 400th time, with a chorus of thousands brought in to bolster the simple peasant's simple songs. It is good to see the dancing -- which Jewison has liberated from its stage limitations. I hate movies in which the dancers are carefully choreographed to play to an actual theater audience. Jewison moves his camera in among the dancers and gives us a real feeling of celebration and ceremony...The Israeli actor Topol makes a good Tevye, and I liked Leonard Frey as the tailor whose first sewing machine is like his first baby. But Molly Picon's matchmaker is too much of a star turn. And the three daughters (two of whom look more gentile than the third one's husband) hardly come alive at all..."Fiddler on the Roof" has been around a long time, has become an institution and has added some good songs to our memories. But in the process it's become so polished, so packaged, so distanced from the real feelings that inspired the original stories of Sholem Aleichem (who didn't even make it onto the mimeographed list of credits) that it's become just another pleasant product of American entertainment industrialism. So why do I give it three stars? Because what it does, it does well.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Topol
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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