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Julia (1977)

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)

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Won 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Lillian
Vanessa Redgrave ... Julia
Jason Robards ... Hammett
Maximilian Schell ... Johann
Hal Holbrook ... Alan
Rosemary Murphy ... Dottie
Meryl Streep ... Anne Marie
Dora Doll ... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger
John Glover ... Sammy
Lisa Pelikan ... Young Julia
Susan Jones Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother
Maurice Denham ... Undertaker
Mark Metcalf ... Pratt
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Storyline

This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, the writer is recruited to smuggle funds into Germany to aid the anti-Nazi movement. Waiting in the wings is Lillian's lover and mentor, Dashiell Hammett, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by Jwelch5742

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Fred Zinnemann has directed several films about personal courage. Gary Cooper in "High Noon". Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in "From Here to Eternity." Marlon Brando in "The Men." Audrey Hepburn in "The Nun's Story." Paul Scofield in "A Man for All Seasons." and now Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave in "Julia." See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

20 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Júlia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,714,400
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fred Zinnemann chose Walter Murch to edit the film after seeing his work on The Conversation. Fortunately, Murch became available when production for The Black Stallion was put on hold (it was only restarted in summer of 1977). According to Murch, on the day he was on a phone call with producer Richard Roth and his friend Matthew Robins, they overheard Zinnemann asking for Murch's availability loudly in the office next door of Roth's in New York.

"They said, 'Quick! Write a letter to Fred to say that you overheard about the project!' So I sharpened my pencil, wrote a letter, luckily got a letter back and then flew to New York to meet him. He was casting in New York in April of 1976. We hit it off, and four months later, Aggie, myself and the four kids were in London. It was my first film working outside the American Zoetrope bubble." (From the Cinema of Resistance discussion organized by the Getty Research Institute, April 2012) See more »

Goofs

June 1934 began on a Friday, not a Monday. See more »

Quotes

Lillian: I'm old now and I want to remember what was there for me once and what is there for me now
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Night and Day
(1932) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played by a band aboard ship
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Friendship tested by the rise of fascism
15 February 2015 | by FedRevSee all my reviews

Julia is a story of friendship and courage between two women whose relationship is tested by the rise of fascism prior to World War II. The story centers around Lillian who is a struggling writer working on a play as she recalls memories of her childhood friend, Julia, who rebelled against her wealthy family to become a progressive radical. Over the years, as Julia became politically active, the friends see a lot less of each other. Lillian always keeps Julia in her thoughts, and they meet when they can, but the rise of fascism pulls them apart, but also brings them closer together. Lillian never fully understands Julia's political ideology or why she risks so much to fight for her ideals, but when she is called to aid in an effort to resist the Nazis by smuggling funds into Germany on Julia's behalf, she rises to the challenge. Julia is a charismatic figure, and despite only appearing on screen for a few minutes, Vanessa Redgrave's performance is inspiring, making us want to see more of her, just as Lillian wishes to. Jane Fonda plays Lillian in this beautifully crafted film by Fred Zinnemann about the power of friendship to help us rise above our fears and to do more than we think we are capable in the face of great danger.


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