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Release Date: December 10th, 1999

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2000

R|2 hr 7 min

Plot Summary
This semi-autobiographical film by Barry Levinson follows various members of the Kurtzman clan, a Jewish family living in suburban Baltimore during the 1950s. As teenaged Ben (Ben Foster) completes high school, he falls for Sylvia (Rebekah Johnson), a black classmate, creating inevitable tensions. Meanwhile, Ben's brother, Van (Adrien Brody), attends college and becomes smitten with a mysterious woman and their father (Joe Mantegna) tries to maintain his burlesque business.

Cast: Adrien Brody, Ben Foster, Orlando Jones, Bebe Neuwirth, Joe Mantegna, Rebekah Johnson, David Krumholtz, Richard Kline

Director: Barry Levinson

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Baltimore Pictures, Spring Creek Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Emotional, Forbidden love, Family, Charming, Growing up, Love interest, Father, Brother, 1950s, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Levinson is so skillful at developing personalities, even among the story's would-be villains, that by the halfway point of the movie, every gesture and expression has unexpected depth and texture. The performances are across-the-board superb. show more

  • As pleasant and rosy and optimistic as it is, Liberty Heights doesn't really soar, emotionally or otherwise. show more

  • A uniquely personal, vibrant mosaic of the American dream, and like a dream, it evaporates beautifully before our eyes. show more

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