G | | Drama, Family, Musical
In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
Norman Jewison considered Hanna Maron for the part of Golde but, when she lost a leg in a terrorist attack in Munich, had to give the part to Norma Crane. Other candidates for Golde included Anne Bancroft (who turned it down on the grounds that Golde was too small next to Tevye's), Anne Jackson, Claire Bloom, Geraldine Page, and Colleen Dewhurst.
A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask 'Why do ...
When Perchik and Hodel are dancing for the first time, Perchik has his hat on, but as they finish and he says, "There. We've just changed an old custom," his hat is missing, and in the next scene in the barn, he has his hat back on.
Topol and the cast sing "Tradition" without any opening credits rolling. At the end of the number, the fiddler, standing on the left of the screen, launches into an extensive solo while the opening credits roll on the right of the screen.
Originally released at 181 minutes (with an intermission), later trimmed for 1979 reissue to 149 minutes.
English, Hebrew, Russian
$1,726,942 11 November 1979
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