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Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff) is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl (Barbra Streisand), despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday December 9 1983
Duration: 134 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Barbra Streisand
Screenwriter: Jack Rosenthal, Barbra Streisand
Cast: Barbra Streisand
Mandy Patinkin
Amy Irving
Nehemiah Persoff
Steven Hill
Allan Corduner