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The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick (1988)

A young Jewish adolescent from an overbearing family likes a Christian girl and is helped by a fun-loving rabbi.

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writers:

Phil Savath (screenplay), Morley Torgov (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Rubes ... Augustus Glick
Aaron Schwartz ... Henry Glick
Sharon Corder Sharon Corder ... Sarah Glick
Susan Douglas Rubes ... Bryna Glick
Ken Zelig Ken Zelig ... Morris Moskover
Howard Jerome Howard Jerome ... Zelig Peikes
Noam Zylberman ... Maximilian Glick
Alec McClure Alec McClure ... Sandy Lubchuk
Matthew Ball Matthew Ball ... Sarge Sargent
Nigel Bennett ... Derek Blackthorn
Joan Nakamoto Joan Nakamoto ... Shizuko Blackthorn
William Marantz William Marantz ... Rabbi Kaminsky
Casey Chisick Casey Chisick ... Bobby Rosenberg
Allan Stratton Allan Stratton ... Professor LaCoste
Rosalie Rudelier Rosalie Rudelier ... Mrs. Rosenberg
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Storyline

Maximilian Glick is an ordinary Jewish kid in a 1950's small town in Manitoba, Canada. Unfortunately, he is also saddled with overbearing parents, who are intent on railroading his life to meet their expectations of him. The most obvious examples are giving him a piano when he really wanted a bike and pushing him to study for his Bar Mitzfah. Unfortunately, both paths get bumpy when he is partnered with a Christian girl for duo piano playing. His prejudiced parents forbid Max to see her, and his rabbi is killed in an accident. That leads to the appointment of Rabbi Teitelman, an orthodox jew with a unorthodox fun loving look on life. Together, the two must find a way to fulfill their dreams and their own identities in a world that seems dead set against them doing that. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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When Max was born they cut off his .... It's 13 years later, 1960, his BarMitzvah, and they're still at it!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

G
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bright Spark See more »

Filming Locations:

Beausejour, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Gross USA:

$317,670
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Rabbi Teitelman: [speaking at a Brotherhood Day gathering] Now, Cohen got a telegram from his son. 'Papa, I'm going to Jerusalem. I'm going to become a Christian.' Oy, vey, he didn't know what to do. He ran to Greenberg, he told him the whole story. Greenberg said, 'It's funny you should mention. I got a telephone call from my son, he said he's going to Jerusalem, he's gonna become a Christian'. What to do? They went to run to the rabbi, they told him the whole sad story. The rabbi said, 'Funny you should ...
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Jingle Bell Rock
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charming coming-of-age
30 December 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Maximilian Glick is a kid in 1950's Canadian prairie small town Beausejour, Manitoba. He's a part of a small assimilated Jewish community. His piano teacher puts him together with Celia Brzjinski (Fairuza Balk) to play a four-handed piece in competition. He starts developing feelings for his Christian partner but his family is prejudiced against mixed relationships. The community hires a new rabbi sight unseen after the old one dies. They are surprised when Hassidic Rabbi Teitelman (Saul Rubinek) shows up. Teitelman becomes Maximilian's mentor as he helps him study for his Bar Mitzfah.

It has a nice charming coming-of-age story. The characters are endearing with some terrific actors. It's a small town Jewish kid trying to deal with both religion and love at the same time. The production is strictly old-timey Canadiana. It's not high value but even that has a certain charm. The kid is good and Saul Rubinek is terrific. The lower production value limits its cinematic appeal but the material is first rate.


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