The Jazz Singer (25th Anniversary)

Closed Capationed Starring: Neil Diamond & Laurence Olivier Director: Richard Fleischer  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
The Jazz Singer (25th Anniversary)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 6.1 Surround Sound - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Jerry Leider - Producer
    • Trailers:
      1. Teaser Trailer
      2. TV Spots
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Laurence Olivier Bio
    • Neil Diamond Bio
    • Poster & Still Gallery
    • Richard Fleischer Bio
    • Talent Bios

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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!"

Plot Synopsis:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Adventure | Family Interaction | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • 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SINGER focused on the relationship between the young man and his mother; in this version, the role of the mother has been replaced by a traditional, religious wife.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.

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  • UPC: 013131377392
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