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Julia (1977)

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

Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Russian

Release Date:

23 February 1978 (Netherlands) 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Maximilian Schell and Meryl Streep; and one Oscar nominee: Hal Holbrook. See more »

Goofs

The same locomotive is pulling the train from Berlin to Moscow even though it is a different train. In addition, a single steam locomotive would never have been used from Paris to Berlin, let alone Paris to Moscow. See more »

Quotes

Anne Marie: Now you've been invited to Moscow? What is that? Some sort of political thing?
Lillian: Not exactly. No, Anne Marie, it's a - it's only a theater festival.
Anne Marie: Oh, did you know about the McPhee boy? The little one? He was killed in Spain. Imagine having your brother die a Communist. I'm sorry he lost his life, but, I wonder why they rush over there!
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Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
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Traditional
Played as Dance music
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Serious, splendidly done drama
27 February 2006 | by arturusSee all my reviews

This was one of the best pictures I had ever seen when it was first released, and after almost thirty years, I still think so, especially after watching the steady decline in quality of product that the film industry has turned out since.

Gorgeously photographed, costumed and written, with some of the finest acting on film, "Julia" succeeds in capturing the texture and truly world shattering issues of a time and place, Europe between the wars and on the brink of cataclysm. Everything about it shines, from the scenes of childhood in flashback to the suspenseful and tense train trip, I watch this film over and over waiting for one scene: the scene between Fonda and Redgrave in the Berlin restaurant. I just saw it again two hours ago and once again I was in awe of the acting, from both stars, some of the finest work of their careers, the direction of the scene and the spare, intense writing.

Whether the story itself was factual or not (Hellman might just have made it all up!) it works on so many levels that it's still worthy, and its truth or falsity just doesn't matter.


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