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In this classic movie musical, a poor dairy farmer named Tevye (played by Topol) tries to keep his balance by clinging to his Jewish traditions while providing for his five daughters. Moving from light-hearted to heart breaking as the family faces religious persecution in pre-revolutionary Russia, the story celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.
Why Is Fiddler On The Roof Rated G?
Fiddler On The Roof is rated G
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Overall: A This 1971 three Academy Awards winner follows the fate of a Jewish family whose traditional way of life, family ties, and religious commitment are challenged by the pre-revolutionary environment of Russia. It beautifully illustrates the power of love and humor in the face of unwanted change.
Violence: B Squabbling and raised voices between villagers, and spouses. Comedic mention of abusive husband in song lyrics. Nightmare sequence includes depiction of ghosts in a graveyard, ghostly hands come out of grave and a jealous spirit demonstrates a threat to choke someone. Mobsters destroy property, set buildings and cart on fire, and smash windows. Men scuffle, one is hit on head with candlestick. Soldiers draw swords and attack crowd-people flee and some bodies fall.
Sexual Content: A- Concern briefly mentioned over young couple spending time together. Young women shown in slips (underclothes). Men tease and touch the face of a young woman. Men and women break convention and dance together. Engaged couples hug and brush cheeks.
Language: A- Man falsely accused of calling a woman a cow. Jews called Christ killers. Terms of Deity used as proper nouns.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C Wine drunk in religious observances. Two main characters become intoxicated. Bar scene depicting celebrating men drinking to excess. Drinking at a wedding. One depiction of a minor character smoking.
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Life is Beautiful also looks at Jewish persecution, but parents should be forewarned that some of the portrayals contained in the film may be disturbing for viewers. The documentary Paper Clips follows the experiences of a group of middle school students in a small town in Tennessee as they study the holocaust in order to understand prejudice and tolerance.
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Home Video Notes: Fiddler on the Roof
Release Date: 7 January 2014
As part of its 90th Anniversary Celebration, MGM is releasing Fiddler on the Roof on Blu-ray.
Blu-ray Notes: Fiddler on the Roof
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Fiddler on the Roof releases to Blu-ray with the following special features:
- Audio commentary by Director Norman Jewison and star Topol
- Deleted Song
- Historical background
DVD Notes: Fiddler on the Roof: 2-Disc Collectors Edition
Release Date: January 23, 2007
Get to know Anatevka even better than Yente the matchmaking gossip, with this 2-Disc Collector’s Edition of Fiddler on the Roof. Disc one presents the feature film plus an informative audio commentary by producer/director Norman Jewison and actor Topol (who plays Tevye). As they explain each scene fans will learn everything from why Topol’s Jewish Russian grandfather was responsible for landing him this part to the fate of Tevye’s lame horse. Disc two provides numerous bonus materials such as: deleted scenes and the deleted song Any Day Now, a documentary about the filmmaker Norman Jewison, the Easter Egg The Tale of the Beggar, an interview with John Williams called Creating a Musical Tradition, interviews with the cast members who played Tevye’s daughters, photo galleries, and the movie’s trailer. The following featurettes are also included: Historical Background with Photographs by Ann Weiss, Norman Jewison Looks Back, Set In Reality, Tevye’s Dream in Full Color, The Songs of Fiddler on the Roof, and The Songs of Sholam Aleichem. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), with subtitles in English and Spanish.