Wednesday, April 3, 2013


1983 American Feature

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, Amy Irving, Nehemiah Persoff, Allan Corduner and Miriam Margolyes
Director: Barbra Streisand
Writer: Barbra Streisand and Jack Rosenthal, based on the play by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer and the short story Yentl the Yeshiva Boy by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Songs: Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman and Michel Legrand

After her father dies, a young Jewish woman, determined to receive an education in Talmudic Law, decides to dress and live as a man.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.2 /10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 73% / Audience: 72 %
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Original Song Score; also nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Irving), Art Direction and Original Song ("Papa, Can You Hear Me?" and "The Way He Makes Me Feel").
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and Director; also nominated for Best Actress - Comedy/Musical (Streisand), Actress - Comedy/Musical (Patinkin), Original Score and Original Song ("The Way He Makes Me Feel").

  • In the ending of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Yentl the Yeshiva Boy (first published in his 1963 short story collection Short Friday and Other Stories), Yentl remains trapped in her disguise after her marriage to Hadass fails, a far cry from Streisand's optimistic movie musical finale.
  • The stage play Yentl premiered on Broadway in 1975. Tovah Feldshuh was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the title role.
  • Barbra Streisand's feature film directorial debut.
  • Casting Call: Diane Lane.
  • Amy Irving was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Supporting Actress", making her one of two actors to be nominated for an Oscar and a Razzie for the same performance (the other is James Coco for Only When I Laugh).

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