• The Jazz Singer (1980)

The Jazz Singer

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: April 20th, 1999

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Jess Robin (Neil Diamond) dreams of a career in popular music, but his father, Cantor Rabinovitch (Laurence Olivier), forbids it, insisting Jess live as a traditional Jew and inherit his position at the synagogue. With the help of friend and professional musician Bubba (Franklin Ajaye), Jess gets a chance to go to Los Angeles and have famous singer Keith Lennox (Paul Nicholas) record one of his songs. Defying both his father and his wife, Jess leaves New York to pursue his dreams.

Cast: Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier, Lucie Arnaz, Catlin Adams, Franklin Ajaye, Paul Nicholas, Sully Boyar, Mike Kellin

Director: Richard Fleischer

Genres: Musical

Production Co: EMI Productions

Keywords: Wife , Los Angeles , Friend , Inspiring , Father , Bar , Passionate , Transformation , Love , 1980s


Nominated Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture