(out of 5)

Barry Levinson made his most touching, personal film with this semi-autobiographical drama.  plays a young boy growing up in 1940s New York in a family of Russian Jews; his grandfather () came to America at the turn of the century in search of a better life, and through his family we see the results of his dreams.  is excellent as Mueller-Stahl’s wife, while  and  lend able support as Wood’s parents. There’s no central plot to the story, mostly just a collection of both good and bad memories, but Levinson’s screenplay strings them all together wisely and with excellent dialogue that makes all the characters feel real, topped off by one of Randy Newman’s most beautiful music scores.

, Baltimore Pictures

USA, 1990

Directed by

Screenplay by Barry Levinson

Cinematography by

Produced by , Barry Levinson

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1990

Golden Globe Awards 1990


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