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Avalon Details

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The third of director Barry Levinson's autobiographical "Baltimore Trilogy" (the first two entries were Barry Levinson and Barry Levinson), Avalon covers nearly forty years in the lives of an immigrant Jewish family. Sam Krichinsky (Armin Mueller-Stahl) emigrates to Baltimore in 1914, where Sam's brothers Gabriel (Lou Jacobi), Hymie (Leo L. Fuchs), and Nathan (Israel Rubinek) are awaiting his arrival. By and by, Sam meets his future wife, Eva (Joan Plowright). With the introduction of the Krichinsky's grown son Jules (Aidan Quinn), the film ventures into culture-clash country. Unwilling to become a manual laborer like his dad, Jules opts for the life of a door-to-door salesman. Eventually, he teams with his cousin Izzy (Kevin Pollak) to open the first TV store in Baltimore. Thereafter, the disintegration of the Krichinsky family is paralleled by the rise of TV's omnipresence in the American home. Avalon's elegiac and melancholy effect is underlined by Randy Newman's soulful musical score. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 5, 1990

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Randy Newman Best Original Score 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randy Newman Best Score 1990 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1990 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barry Levinson Best Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Barry Levinson Best Director 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barry Levinson Best Original Screenplay 1990 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gloria Gresham Best Costume Design 1990 Nominee

Cast

Armin Mueller-Stahl
as Sam Krichinsky
Aidan Quinn
as Jules Kaye
Eve Gordon
as Dottie Kirk
Elizabeth Perkins
as Anne Kaye
Lou Jacobi
as Gabriel Krichinsky
Leo L. Fuchs
as Hymie Krichinsky
Joan Plowright
as Eva Krichinsky
Israel Rubinek
as Nathan Krichinsky
Kevin Pollak
as Izzy Kirk
Elijah Wood
as Michael Kayeli
Grant Gelt
as Teddy Kirk
Jesse Adelman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Ellen Chenoweth
Shifra Lerer
as Nellie Krichinsky
Irv Stein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Mina Bern
as Alice Krichinsky
Frania Rubinek
as Faye Krichinsky
Ronald Guttman
as Simka
Rachel Aviva
as Elka
Sylvia Weinberg
as Mrs. Parkes
Ralph Tabakin
as Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson
as Moving Man
Beatrice Yoffe
as Nursing Home Receptionist
Frank Tamburo
as Mugger
Paul Quinn
as K & K Employee
Alvin Myerovich
as The Father
Moishe Rosenfeld
as William as a Young Man
Bernard Hiller
as Hymie as a Young Man
Brian Shait
as Nathan as a Young Man
Dawne Hindle
as Eva as a Young Woman
Christine Mosere
as Nellie as a Young Woman
Mary Lechter
as Faye as a Young Woman
Tom Wood
as Michael as an Adult
David Thornhill
as David, age 8 Months
Jordan Young
as David, age 10
Tammy Walker
as Camera Girl
David Long
as TV Commercial Director
Brenda Alford
as Night Club Singer
Thomas Joy
as Country Club Singer
Judy Bach
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Alisa Bernstein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Eva Cohen
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Josh Lessner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Samantha Shenk
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Patty Sherman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Thelma Weiner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Robert Zalkind
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Brenda Alford
as Night Club Singer
Brian Shait
as Nathan as a Young Man
Sylvia Weinberg
as Mrs. Parkes
Rachel Aviva
as Elka
Patty Sherman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Mina Bern
as Alice Krichinsky
Judy Bach
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Frank Tamburo
as Mugger
Paul Quinn
as K & K Employee
Ralph Tabakin
as Principal Dunn
Steve Aronson
as Moving Man
Samantha Shenk
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Jesse Adelman
as Miscellaneous Family Member
David Thornhill
as David, age 8 Months
Alisa Bernstein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Thomas Joy
as Country Club Singer
Moishe Rosenfeld
as William as a Young Man
Beatrice Yoffe
as Nursing Home Receptionist
Thelma Weiner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Alvin Myerovich
as The Father
Bernard Hiller
as Hymie as a Young Man
Jordan Young
as David, age 10
Shifra Lerer
as Nellie Krichinsky
Josh Lessner
as Miscellaneous Family Member
David Long
as TV Commercial Director
Tammy Walker
as Camera Girl
Eva Cohen
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Tom Wood
as Michael as an Adult
Irv Stein
as Miscellaneous Family Member
Christine Mosere
as Nellie as a Young Woman
Ronald Guttman
as Simka
Dawne Hindle
as Eva as a Young Woman
Frania Rubinek
as Faye Krichinsky
Mary Lechter
as Faye as a Young Woman

Crew

Barry Levinson
Director
Barry Levinson
Screenwriter
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Allan Mason
Musical Direction/Supervision
Randy Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Stu Linder
Editor
Norman Reynolds
Production Designer
Fred Hole
Art Director
Ed Richardson
Art Director
Barry Levinson
Co-producer
Charles James Newirth
Associate Producer
Marie Rowe
Associate Producer
Linda de Scenna
Set Designer
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas R. Burman
Special Effects
Bari Dreiband-Burman
Special Effects
Freddie Cooper
Camera Operator
Joel Kramer
Stunts
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Charles James Newirth
Production Manager
Irving Buchman
Makeup
Paul Gebbia
Makeup
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