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At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (based upon the story by), Alvin Sargent (screenplay)
Won 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Lillian
Vanessa Redgrave ... Julia
Jason Robards ... Hammett
Maximilian Schell ... Johann
Hal Holbrook ... Alan
Rosemary Murphy ... Dottie
Meryl Streep ... Anne Marie
Dora Doll ... Woman Passenger
Elisabeth Mortensen Elisabeth Mortensen ... Girl Passenger
John Glover ... Sammy
Lisa Pelikan ... Young Julia
Susan Jones Susan Jones ... Young Lillian
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Grandmother
Maurice Denham ... Undertaker
Mark Metcalf ... Pratt
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Storyline

This Oscar-winning drama, based on the writing of Lillian Hellman, depicts the relationship between two friends and its unexpected consequences. After Lillian, a renowned playwright, reunites in Russia with her childhood playmate Julia, 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, who is unaware of her dangerous assignment. Written by Jwelch5742

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The story of two women whose friendship suddenly became a matter of life and death. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

20 January 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Júlia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,840,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,714,400, 31 December 1977
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Faye Dunaway turned down the role of Julia. See more »

Goofs

During a sailing shot, as the boat containing Julia and Lilian tracks away from the camera, the gunnel of the boat containing the camera crew is clearly visible for an instant in the lower left of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Dashiell Hammett: [after reading Lillian's play] You better tear this up. It's not that it's bad, it's just not good enough, not for you.
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Connections

Referenced in В поисках Дебры Уингер (2002) See more »

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Night and Day
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What a cast! What a production!
14 February 1999 | by BookWorm-2See all my reviews

Just cast an eye at the credits (Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximillian Schell, Hal Holbroke, Meryl Streep, John Glover and others directed by Fred Zinneman in a story by Lillian Hellman) and you know this film is worth seeing. It delivers fabulous performances by some of the best actors of our time, in a carefully -- yeah, sumptuously -- produced film directed by one of Hollywood's most respected veterans, based on a narrative by a gifted dramatist and tale-spinner.

The screenplay blends the two longest episodes in Lillian Hellman's PENTIMENTO, the third, most engaging, and most imaginative of her memoirs. It traces the (largely factual) struggle of Hellman to develop her talents as a playwright under the tutelage of her long-time lover, Dashiell Hammett, and the (largely fictional) course of her friendship with an anti-Nazi activist. The character of Julia seems to be part fantasy, part composite of women Hellman admired.

The film suffers from this blend of fact and fiction and even more from the episodic nature of the intermixed stories. In addition (and to its credit), it does not minimize Hellman's famously abrasive personality. But the characters are so compelling, the performances so outstanding, and the pacing so canny that it holds the viewer's interest for a full two hours.

A flawed but fascinating flick!


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