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The Jazz Singer (1980)




Critic Consensus: Neil Diamond's foray into acting is a total miss in this gaudy and unconvincing remake, with Laurence Olivier on hand to deliver an excruciatingly campy performance.

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This third remake of the 1927 film stars pop-singer Neil Diamond as the Jewish lad who dreams of stardom against the wishes of his cantor father (Laurence Olivier).

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Neil Diamond
as Yussel Rabinovitch
Laurence Olivier
as Cantor Rabinovitch
Lucie Arnaz
as Molly Bell
Catlin Adams
as Rivka Rabinovitch
Paul Nicholas
as Keith Lennox
Sully Boyar
as Eddie Gibbs
James Booth
as Paul Rossini
Rod Gist
as Timmy
Walter Janowitz
as Rabbi Birnbaum
Janet Brandt
as Aunt Tillie
John Witherspoon
as M.C. Cinderella Club
Hank Garrett
as Police Sergeant
James Karen
as Barney Callahan
Jill Jaress
as Cowgirl
Victor Paul
as Irate Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Jazz Singer

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The most cautious soft-rock superstar movie debut you'll ever get to see.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Jazz Singer has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Diamond, looking glum and seldom making eye contact with anyone, isn't enough of a focus for the outmoded story.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5

Richard Fleischer's direction is appropriately close-in and small, and Diamond himself, while no actor, proves to be a commandingly intense, brooding presence.

January 1, 2000

The protagonist manages to get through his dilemma between a profane love and home, with the help of Laurence Olivier, at the helm of the veteran Richard Fleischer, and under the umbrella of a soundtrack that will please its fans. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Stick with Jolson's version via 1927. Or even the Danny Thomas take. Skip Neil.

February 17, 2008 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Jazz Singer

This was a pretty good movie. Some of the acting was really cheesy, but I thought it was entertaining enough.

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

Great for fans of the singer as i am but however this is a musical and i only like about two of them.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

I had to watch this damn movie a bunch when I was a kid - NOTHING ELSE ON GODDAMN IT HBO!

Chad Roesti
Chad Roesti

Super Reviewer

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