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Hester Street (1975)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 21, 2004

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Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Studio Midwest Films

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Genre: Drama, Urban, Infidelity, Culture Clash

Plot: The desire to shed or suppress all traces of one's original culture has been a primal experience of nearly all immigrants; Joan Micklin Silver's adaptation of Abraham Cahan's story makes clear that it's a process edged with pathos. Carol Kane stars as Gitl, an Eastern European Jew who arrives with her child on Ellis Island in 1896 to join her husband, Jake (Stephen Keats). She is surprised to discover that Jake has abandoned the mores of his culture by cutting off his beard and earlocks, and he's adopted the mannerisms of his new country, including a new girlfriend (Dorrie Kavanaugh) who runs a dance hall. Gitl, unwilling to part with traditions so easily, creates a rift in the marriage that is difficult to overcome. Kane, who was nominated for an Oscar, and Micklin Silver, in her directorial debut, collaborate to high-caliber effect in this touching, amazingly painstaking evocation of immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side in the 1890s.

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 Directed by
Joan Micklin Silver
Crossing Delancey, Loverboy, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even
 Written by
Joan Micklin Silver
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Carol Kane
The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon
Doris Roberts
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Lin Shaye
There's Something About Mary, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Kingpin
Steven Keats
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Mel Howard
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Anna Berger
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Ed Crowley
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