• Julia (1977)

Julia

Release Date: October 2nd, 1977

DVD Release Date: February 7th, 2006

PG |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian (Jane Fonda), a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia (Vanessa Redgrave), 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 (Jason Robards), who is unaware of her dangerous assignment.

Cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Meryl Streep, Lisa Pelikan

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Genres: Drama

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Sacrifice , Friendship , 1940s , Touching , Quest , Engaging

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Julia is the story of a fascinating woman, told from the point of view of someone who hardly knew her. That is, I realize, an unkind judgment against Lillian Hellman, whose wartime memoirs provide the inspiration for the story. But this movie's problems start with its point of view, and it never quite recovers from them. show more

  • 90
    Variety

    Fred Zinnemann’s superbly sensitive film explores the anti-Nazi awakening in the 1930s of writer Lillian Hellman via persecution of a childhood friend, portrayed in excellent characterization by Vanessa Redgrave in title role. Richard Roth’s production is handsome and tasteful. show more

  • 40
    Time Out London

    Zinnemann blows it most of all in the Fonda-Redgrave relationship, and no credibility is given to Hellman's ferocious talent and dominant personality. show more

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Awards

Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Winner Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture