Product Description

Walter Matthau heads the cast of this television recreation of Clifford Odet's 1935 hit Broadway play, the first full-length work performed on the commercial stage by the legendary Group Theatre. This portrait of a Jewish family in a Bronx tenement perfectly captures the spirit of the Depression years, and is suffused with details of character and place that combine to be affecting even now. The Bergers, burdened by financial difficulties, have taken in a boarder Max Axelrod (Matthau) who lost a leg in WW1. Cynical and outspoken, Moe adds a spark to the somewhat accepting lives of the Bergers. The family fights to survive on sixteen dollars a week while the intellectual, Marxist-leaning grandfather (brilliantly played by Yiddish theatre star, Leo Fuchs) tries futilely to spur his family to action with the injunction, Awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust. (Isiah 26:19)

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Actors: Walter Matthau Ruth Storey Leo Fuchs Robert Lipton Felicia Farr Martin Ritt, Milton Selzer, Ron Rifkin, John Myhers
Directors: Norman Lloyd, Robert Hopkins
Format: PAL
Region: Region 2
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Classification: 12
DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2011
Run Time: 120 minutes


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