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Skokie (1981)

A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Max Feldman
John Rubinstein ... Herb Lewisohn
Carl Reiner ... Abbot Rosen
Kim Hunter ... Bertha Feldman
Eli Wallach ... Bert Silverman
Brian Dennehy ... Police Chief Arthur Buchanan
George Dzundza ... Frank Collin
Ed Flanders ... Mayor Albert J. Smith
Charles Levin ... Rabbi Steinberg
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Aryeh Neier
James Sutorius ... David Hamlin
Lee Strasberg ... Morton Weisman
Marin Kanter ... Janet Feldman
Robin Bartlett ... JDL Girl
David Hurst ... Sol Goldstein
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Storyline

This is the story of some modern day Nazi activists who plan to march through the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie. The town officials tell the citizens to ignore them cause there's nothing that they can do. But one citizen (Kaye) who's a death camp survivor says that he was told this nearly forty years ago in Germany and before he knew it he was in a concentration camp. He says this time if they march, he will not ignore them; he will take action. So, the mayor does what he can to stop them, so the Nazi's leader (Dzundza) goes to the ACLU, and the Jewish lawyer (Rubinstein) he speaks to, says that this is a violation of the First Ammendment and takes the case to court. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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aclu | jewish | march | nazi | neo nazi | See All (21) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Between two brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titus Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This would be the final appearance of Danny Kaye before motion picture cameras, and the last of only two dramatic performances. The other performance being the "Ragpicker," in the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) starring Katharine Hepburn. See more »

Goofs

One actress seen in the synagogue protesting the Nazi march is seen later in the ACLU office answering phones and defending the Nazi march. See more »

Quotes

Frank Collin: I'm the leader here. Do you hear me? I'm the leader here!
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Free speech must be upheld, no matter how obnoxious it is.
21 July 2019 | by bbbaldieSee all my reviews

I saw this film when I was 21, and came away feeling like the title of my review.

Yes, one felt intense sympathy for Danny Kaye's character. But one also admired the ACLU attorney's dogged determination to see to it that a basic civil right of this country wasn't impinged.

It will make you nostalgic for when things were that way, when we all knew, as much as we despised the ACLU for defending people like nazis, that we also knew they would look out for us under similar circumstances.

In 2019, we have hate speech bans everywhere you look, particularly on college campuses. We also have an ACLU which now concentrates strictly on the rights of those to the left of center. Are we better off? You decide.

I would love for this to be required viewing in every high school civics class. Wait, we don't have those any more, do we?


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