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Learn more about Fiddler on the Roof 1971:

Format: DVD
Sku: 204821925
UPC: 027616085375
UPC 14: 00027616085375
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Winner of 3 Academy Awards!|Winner of 3 Academy Awards.
"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.

"A powerhouse attraction!  Daily Variety
"...a welcome addition to any serious DVD library...I strongly recommend the experience.  John J. Puccio,ÊDVD Town
"Enjoyable and charming.  Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A lovable old-school musical.  Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Touching story with great music.  Tony Medley, Tulucan Times
"...a welcome addition to any serious DVD library...I strongly recommend the experience.  John J. Puccio, DVD Town
"The most powerful movie musical ever made!  Pauline Kael

Editor's 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.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/7/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 181 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 108537
Video UPC UPC: 00027616085375
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Leonard Frey
Video Cast Info Michael Glaser
Video Cast Info Michele Marsh
Video Cast Info Molly Picon
Video Cast Info Norma Crane
Video Cast Info Paul Mann
Video Cast Info Rosalind Harris
Video Cast Info Topol
Video Cast Info Antony Gibbs - Editor
Video Cast Info Jerry Bock - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Joseph Stein - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Norman Jewison - Director
Video Cast Info Norman Jewison - Producer
Video Cast Info Oswald Morris - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Patrick J. Palmer - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Lawrence - Editor
Video Cast Info Sholom Aleichem - Based On Book By

Awards


Winner (1972)
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Fiddler on the Roof, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Topol, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy

Nominee (1972)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Topol, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Leonard Frey, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
   Video Award Name Oscar, Robert F. Boyle, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Norman Jewison, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Norman Jewison, Best Picture

Winner (1972)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Oswald Morris, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard, Best Sound

Golden Globe (1972)
Video Award Name Fiddler on the Roof, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy

Oscar (1972)
Video Award Name Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard, Winner, Best Sound
Video Award Name John Williams, Winner, Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score
   Video Award Name Leonard Frey, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe (1972)
   Video Award Name Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture

Oscar (1972)
   Video Award Name Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Director
   Video Award Name Norman Jewison, Nominee, Best Picture
Video Award Name Oswald Morris, Winner, Best Cinematography

Golden Globe (1972)
   Video Award Name Paul Mann, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture

Oscar (1972)
   Video Award Name Robert F. Boyle, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Topol, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globe (1972)
Video Award Name Topol, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy

Professional Reviews

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

ReelViews 9 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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Product attributeActor:   Topol
Product attributeLabel:   Mgm Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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