- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 6.1 Surround Sound - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Jerry Leider - Producer
- Teaser Trailer
- TV Spots
- Laurence Olivier Bio
- Neil Diamond Bio
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Richard Fleischer Bio
- Talent Bios
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"It's not tough enough being a Jew'"
- Cantor Rabinowitz (Laurence Olivier) to Jess (Neil Diamond), on discoverining that Jess is singing in black face with a soul group
"Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"
Neil Diamond made his acting debut in the third screen version of this story about a cantor's son who risks his family's love when he gives up religious singing to become a pop star.
Family Interaction |
- THE JAZZ SINGER features the film debut of pop singer-songwriter Neil Diamond.
- The concert sequences of the film were shot in the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
- The film went into production with Sidney J. Furie as director, but halfway through he was replaced by Richard Fleischer.
- The original 1927 version of THE JAZZ SINGER focused on the relationship between the young man and his mother; in this version, the role of the mother has been replaced by a traditional, religious wife.
- At a stop in St. Paul, Minnesota, during his 1979 concert tour, Neil Diamond asked the crowd if he should go ahead with plans to star in a new version of THE JAZZ SINGER. His audience resonded with enthusiastic applause, though it is likely that only a handful of them had seen either the original 1927 Jolson vehicle or the 1952 version directed by Michael Curtiz.
- In none of the three versions of THE JAZZ SINGER is the hero actually a jazz singer.