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Crossing Delancey Details


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 Joan Micklin Silver also examined Jewish culture on the Lower East Side, albeit from the vantage point of the 1890s. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 24, 1988


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Amy Irving Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1988 Nominee


Amy Irving
as Isabelle "Izzy" Grossman
Reizl Bozyk
as Bubbie Kantor
Peter Riegert
as Sam Posner
Jeroen Krabbé
as Anton Maes
Sylvia Miles
as Hannah Mandelbaum
Suzzy Roche
as Marilyn Cohen
George Martin
as Lionel
John Bedford Lloyd
as Nick
Claudia Silver
as Cecilia Monk
David Hyde Pierce
as Mark
Rosemary Harris
as Pauline Swift
Amy Wright
as Ricki
Faye Grant
as Candyce
Deborah Offner
as Karen
Kathleen Wilhoite
as Myla Bondy
Myra Taylor
as Friend in Sauna
Tony Perez
as Counter Boy
Hendrik Hertzberg
as Celebrity Party Guest
Meg Simon
Madge Cooper
as Celebrity Party Guest
Moishe Rosenfeld
as Rabbi
Lore Segal
as Celebrity Party Guest
Freda Foh Shen
as Self-Defense Teacher
Reg E. Cathey
as Cab Driver
Vickilyn Reynolds
as Woman in Sauna
Jacob Harran
as Guest at Bris
Miriam Phillips
as Sarah Jacobs
John Patrick Shanley
as Celebrity Party Guest
Mina Bern
as Would-be Victim
Fran Kumin
Sam Corsi
as Handball Champ
Arthur Tracy
as Pickle Stand Customer
Betty Rollin
as Party Guest
Susan Braudy
as Celebrity Party Guest
Stan Rubin
as Pickle Stand Customer
Pat Oleszko
as Himself
Stanley Leff
as Celebrity Party Guest
Marie Antoinette Rogers
as Party Guest
Paula Laurence
as Diva
Brad O'Hare
as Photographer
Susan Sandler
as Molly
Debra Cole
as Waitress
Susan Blommaert
as Leslie
Stan Page
as Happy Birthday Singer
Ronnie Gilbert
as Mugger
Mimi Bensinger
as Mrs. Grossman
Arthur Rubin
as Happy Birthday Singer
Tudor Sherrard
as Book Peddler
Loring Eutemey
as Celebrity Party Guest
Vicki Goldberg
as Celebrity Party Guest
Jayne Haynes
as Book Thief
Quincy Long
as Celebrity Party Guest
Dolores Sutton
as Aunt Miriam
Keith Reddin
as Celebrity Party Guest


Joan Micklin Silver
Raphael Silver
Michael Nozik
Susan Sandler
Play Author
Susan Sandler
Theo Van de Sande
Gary Troxel
Gus Kahn
Featured Music
Terre Roche
Pat Oleszko
Isham Jones
Featured Music
Richard Rodgers
Featured Music
Oscar Hammerstein II
Featured Music
Paul Chihara
Composer (Music Score)
Suzzy Roche
Rick Shaine
Dan Leigh
Production Designer
Leslie Rollins
Art Director
Nellie Nugiel
Associate Producer
Raphael Silver
Executive Producer
Daniel Boxer
Set Designer
Rita Ryack
Costume Designer
Danny Michael
Sound/Sound Designer
Louis D'Esposito
First Assistant Director
Phil Neilson
Fran Kumin
Meg Simon