Fiddler on the Roof
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Norman Jewison's adaptation of the long-running Broadway musical is set in the Ukranian ghetto village of Anatevka (the film was actually lensed in Yugoslavia). Israeli actor Topol repeats his London stage role as Tevye the milkman, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God, who does not answer but is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"The qualities that have kept the Broadway Fiddler running these seven years are in scant supply onscreen."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Very hard to take with the film sitting up and practically slobbering in its eagerness to prove how loveable it is."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"There's a vibrant nature to the acting in this film that warms the heart and makes it feel comfortable, even when things aren't going so great for the characters."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A joyous celebration, not only of roots and culture, but of life itself."
‑ , Film4
"Epic story of Jews during the Russian Revolution."
‑ Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
"Earthbound but not bad."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"They want to show us everything, to give us our money's worth. In so doing, they've not just opened up the play, they've let most of the life out of it."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What could have been a brilliant film experience, expanding on the stage version as only film can, ends up instead as a series of wonderful bits and pieces."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As a musical look at family, generational and cultural conflict, and faith, Fiddler on the Roof makes a virtue of its quaintness... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"With each musical number, another integral and eternal aspect of Judaism is pondered, explored, and expressed with passionate flourishes."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"Sentimental in a theatrical way, romantic in the oldfashioned way, nostalgic of immigration days, affirmative of human decency, loyalty, bravery and folk humor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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?"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The choreography is clumsy, the acting caricatured, and the songs themselves painfully overblown."
‑ , Total Film
"Topol breathes new life into Joseph Stein, Jerry Bock, and Sheldoon Harnick's musical."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Oy, what schmaltz!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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