FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Theatrical Release USA 1971)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.9|5.0 Stars ìììì

Fiddler on the Roof
deserves unlimited cries of ‘Encore!’ The film stands as a master story. The movie completely and totally engages the universal human condition of the difficulty of change and how to best resolve those difficulties so that no regret follows in later life. This film is an outstandingly compassionate story that teaches while completely entertaining. Thought-provoking.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


Tevye (Topol), a poor Russian milkman, and his wife and five beloved daughters endeavor to maintain tradition and stability during a time of terrific political unrest and violent change. Tevye finds himself continually challenged to make decisions that will test his adherence to traditional customs in every area of his life. A simple man, Tevye, carefully thinks through each challenge and each time relies on compassion of heart and love as well as a talking relationship with God to continually move forward with change. 

Additional Thanks

The film is a Best Work effort for Director and Producer Norman Jewison. Thank you to Executive Producer Walter Mirisch for making the film possible. Thank you to Musical Composer Jerry Bock and Lyricist Sheldon Harnick for unforgettable music. Thank you to Joseph Stein for using outstanding writing techniques to tell Tevye’s story in both screenplay and stage format. Thank you to Sholem Aleichem for telling the human story in such compassionate tones. Additional characters/cast include: Golde (Norma Crane), Yente (Molly Picon), Shprintze (Elaine Edwards), Bielke (Candy Bonstien), Mordcha (Shimen Ruskin), Rabbi (Zvee Scooler), Tzeitel (Rosalind Harris), Motel (Leonard Frey), Lazar Wolf (Paul Mann), Hodel (Michele Marsh), Perchik (Paul Michael Glaser), and Fyedka (Ray Lovelock).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. This film captures and embodies life itself. It asks universal questions and answers some of those questions while leaving the most problematic in the realm of the unknown.

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