Crossing Delancey (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Crossing Delancey (1988)




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Can an independent, contemporary woman find happiness with a guy who sells pickles? Isabelle Grossman (Amy Irving) is an attractive, intelligent Jewish woman in her early 30s. She has a good job and a nice apartment on the Upper West Side, and she values her independence; she often visits her grandmother Bubbie (Reiz Bozyk), who lives on the Lower East Side and wants Isabelle to meet a nice Jewish man and settle down. Bubbie goes so far as to obtain the services of Hannah Mandelbaum (Sylvia Miles), a matchmaker who finds the "perfect" man for Isabelle: a pickle salesman named Sam Posner (Peter Riegert). Isabelle thinks Sam is a nice enough guy, but she has a hard time imagining herself spending her life with the pickle man, and she isn't sure if she wants to pursue the relationship. However, Sam is taken with Isabelle and goes out of his way to change her mind. Crossing Delancy was directed by Joan Micklin Silver, whose breakthrough film Hester Street also examined Jewish culture on the Lower East Side, albeit from the vantage point of the 1890s.

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Amy Irving
as Isabelle Grossman
Peter Riegert
as Sam Posner
Reizl Bozyk
as Bubbie Kantor
Jeroen Krabbé
as Anton Maes
Sylvia Miles
as Hannah Mandelbaum
Rosemary Harris
as Pauline Swift
Suzzy Roche
as Marilyn
Faye Grant
as Candyce
Dennis Belloco
as Maitre d'
Christine Campbell
as Woman in Cab
Reg E. Cathey
as Cab Driver
Delores Sutton
as Aunt Miriam
Sam Corsi
as Handball Champ
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Woman in Sauna
Myra Taylor
as Friend in Sauna
Young-Ho Kim
as Mr. Kim
Tudor Sherrard
as Book Peddler
Jacob Harran
as Guest at Bris
Dolores Sutton
as Aunt Miriam
Bob Levine
as Mr. Grossman
Mimi Bensinger
as Mrs. Grossman
Tony Perez
as Counter Boy
Debra Cole
as Waitress
Brad O'Hare
as Photographer
Freda Foh Shen
as Self-Defense Teacher
Mina Bern
as Would-be Victim
Kevin Rogers
as Messenger
Miriam Phillips
as Sarah Jacobs
Denis Belloco
as Maitre d'
Pat Oleszko
as Pat Oleszko
Arthur Tracy
as Pickle Stand Customer
Jayne Haynes
as Book Thief
Hugh Nissenson
as Celebrity Party Guest
Keith Reddin
as Celebrity Party Guest
Lore Segal
as Celebrity Party Guest
John Patrick Shanley
as Celebrity Party Guest
Scott Somer
as Celebrity Party Guest
Susan Braudy
as Celebrity Party Guest
Madge Cooper
as Celebrity Party Guest
Loring Eutemey
as Celebrity Party Guest
Vicki Goldberg
as Celebrity Party Guest
Hendrik Hertzberg
as Celebrity Party Guest
Stanley Leff
as Celebrity Party Guest
Quincy Long
as Celebrity Party Guest
Arthur Rubin
as Happy Birthday Singer #1
Richard Frisch
as Happy Birthday Singer #2
Stan Page
as Happy Birthday Singer #3
Arthur Tracey
as Pickle Stand Customer #1
Stan Rubin
as Pickle Stand Customer #2
Ida Harnden
as Mugger #1
Ronnie Gilbert
as Mugger #2
Betty Rollin
as Party Guest #1
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Critic Reviews for Crossing Delancey

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (3)

Let me list the things Izzy does to Sam, and ask if you'd stick around.

August 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Crossing Delancey makes the mistake of creating characters who are interesting enough to make us care for them -- and then denying them freedom of speech.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Crossing Delancey remains fresh, relevant and yet wistful for better days.

January 3, 2021 | Full Review…

Every scene works in this wonderful but small film.

December 2, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The implausible and the irresistible come joyfully together.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It's sort of about love taking an independent woman by surprise, but her "independent" life is shown to be hollow at the core.

August 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crossing Delancey


Sweet rom-com based on a play (which usually makes - as it does here - for a good script) about two Jewish New Yorkers being set up by the local match-maker. Starring Amy Irving, 12 years on from Carrie, and Peter Riegert in his appealing Local Hero era, this was the favourite film of an ex-boyfriend... awwww...

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer


pulls you in and charms you

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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