Not much jazz spoken in this 1980 version of the Jolson classic, directed by Richard Fleischer (The Vikings) and starring a very tentative Neil Diamond as a cantor's son who would rather sing commercially than in a synagogue. The soundtrack is tedious, the portrait of L.A.'s music industry preposterous, and Diamond (despite his talents as a singer-songwriter in the real world) can't help but look like a speck on the wall in the presence of Laurence Olivier, who plays his father. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Although it wasn't intentionally released as a comedy (I think?) you can't help but laugh when you see Neil Diamond in black face (Al Jolsen is rolling in his grave). Read morePublished on April 25 2012 by Bobo
The Jazz SInger DVD came quickly by mail and the product was exactly as described. I will purchase from amazon again, and this seller. It was a great experiencePublished on Dec 12 2011 by Natandmatt
i recently ordered The Jazz Singer DVD, but when opened the case there was no dvd inside, and upon letting amazon know, I had absolutely no problem, I was simply told to return the... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2011 by Mary Ann Niemandt
Ugh. Poor plot development and cardboard characters. For example, he loves his wife sooooo much and discards her sooooo easily? Not likely. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Carol A. Friedlander
This is not a great adaptation of the Jazz singer,the acting is mediocre,the progress of the plot is unrealistic,but Neil Diamond`s great music makes it worth watching. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by Ben W.
I can't understand why this movie was so poorly accepted. It was a well acted, well directed film.Published on Nov. 19 2003 by S. West
I saw this movie for the first time when I was 8 years old and I loved it and I just saw it again today at age 31 and I still love it...It was written great, and its a great movie! Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by S. Mcgraw
Neil Diamond is, well, Neil Diamond after all, in this good story about a Cantor's son/musician trying to break ranks with his Jewish heritage and family tradition. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by Michele Schroeder