The Angel Levine

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Unappealing whimsy, based on a Bernard Malamud short story, about an elderly Jewish tailor (Mostel) plagued by a bad back, a sick wife, and a business destroyed by fire, who suddenly finds an angel in his kitchen offering to help. The angel (Belafonte) is not only black but Jewish, allowing for some treacly platitudes about racial togetherness. Directed with discretion, some humour, and a soggy performance from Mostel.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ján Kadár
Screenwriter: Bill Gunn, Ronald Ribman
Cast: Zero Mostel
Harry Belafonte
Ida Kaminska
Milo O'Shea
Eli Wallach
Anne Jackson
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