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  • Actors: Rosalind Russell, Sir Alec Guinness, Ray Danton
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XDR5P0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,777 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Majority of One" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Live and learn, the saying goes. Japanese businessman and widower Koichi Asano (Alec Guinness) and Brooklyn widow Bertha Jacoby (Rosalind Russell) are at an age when they've done a lot of living and learning. Now, with a bit of luck, love may reenter their lives - if they learn again the lessons of tolerance, forgiveness, kindness and devotion.

Russell and Guinness play unlikely romantics in this touching comedy based on the Broadway hit and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. Russell thought the role of Bertha was a radical departure for her. But she seized the challenge - and won the fourth of her five Best Actress Golden Globe? Awards. "In so many films, my comedy was brittle and came from the lips," Russell said. "Here the humor stems from the heart - and Mrs. Jacoby's heart is as big as the world.

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Customer Reviews

It's about overcoming prejudice- at any age!
Honey Mom "BC"
Wonderful, change-of-pace performances by Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness.
Hal S Stewart
It worked fine in my laptop and my portable DVD player.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By S.L.S on September 17, 2008
Format: DVD
See my review of this movie on vhs.
Some day before I'm dead,maybe this will come out on dvd.If you want this movie out on dvd
then click yes.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By S.L.S on January 15, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This movie is truly hopeful and uplifting.
Roz Russell ( Mrs.Jacoby) plays a Jewish American widow who's son was killed by the Japanese during WW11.
She,her daughter and son-in-law take a ship to Japan because the son-in-law is to play a part in the trade relations
conference between the Japanese and U.S.
On board ship she is introduced to a widowed Japanese businessman Koichi Asano ( Alec Guinness)who will lead the Japanese contingent in the trade negotiations.Mr.Asano's wife
was killed at Hiroshima.
Mrs.Jacoby is polite but very cool towards Mr.Asano at their initial meeting,but over time and several chance encounters
these two people overcome their hostilities and prejudices to
see each other as gentle loving human beings.
Both Russell and Guiness exude such warmth and charm that it is
understandable how these two people from seemingly diverse
backgrounds could develop tender feelings for each other.
As an aside,look for Russell getting a little tipsy while
at Mr.Asano's home.
This is definately a two thumbs up movie.
PLEASE bring it out on DVD.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 1999
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Although it is difficult at first to picture Alec Guinness as a distinguished Tokyo businessman, you soon begin to accept his character. I was skeptical of this movie when instructed to view it by my mother. However, just a few minutes into the story, I found myself hooked. Rosalind Russell is believable as the wise and loving Mrs. Jacoby. Alec Guiness is an acceptable post WWII Japanese business man although you want to tell him to quit squinting. Overall, the movie is a guilty pleasure on a cold or rainy Saturday afternoon.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. McClure on May 13, 2004
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Back when I was 16 or 17 years old, I came home late one night after a date, and turned on the TV. A Majority of One was on, and I was soon wrapped up in the story. Believe it or not, as a teenager, I was totally enthralled by this story of a romance between two aging people of different cultures.
But, I came from a very strict family, and my parent's bedroom was in earshot of the TV. I knew if I woke them, I'd be in big trouble. So eventually, I got too nervous to enjoy the movie, and went to bed. But, I never forgot the movie, and always wanted to see the end.
Then one day recently, I suddenly thought about it, and realized I could probably buy it online. I couldn't remember the name of the movie offhand, but I did a search on Alec Guiness, and recognized the title when I saw it.
So, I finally got to see the end. I won't tell you the end, but I will say it was worth the wait. This is a sentimental movie, true, but it also has a number of ideas that work through it. (You remember ideas...) One of the themes, stated in other reviews, has to do with racism. Then there is main theme that, if you are right, and the rest of the world is wrong, then you form a majority of one. Great idea! And there's the idea that mature people should be respected because they have more experience in human relations than young people.
Funny thing is, my mother watched it with me, and loved it even more than I did. It was fun to watch it together as two adults, after my past history with the movie.
Okay, accepting Alec Guiness as a Japanese gentleman is a bit of a strech. But just the scene with Rosalind Russel standing pigeon-toed in a kimono is worth the price of the movie.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Regina M. Bisbey on November 5, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the ultimate feel good movies of the 20th century. Watching the characters develope slowly and completely is so fulfilling. The relationships within the different families in different cultures is so encouraging. It is a little fantasy that proves that there can be exciting romance even though one has raised a family, and lost a beloved long term spouse.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2002
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I love this movie! It is a tender and funny movie. Rosalind Russell (Mrs. Jacoby) shares her jewish traditions with a Japanese gentleman while in Japan. It is about how racism can be overcome by gentle understanding. How graceful times were. Truly a gem!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen VINE VOICE on September 16, 2008
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This film has not been issued on DVD. This listing was created by a bootlegger, selling home-made copies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By missdaisie on January 7, 2009
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I just happened to turn on the television one night looking for some great entertainment and I lucked upon this great movie showing on TCM for this first time. A Majority of One was so heart warming and reminiscent of the great movies of old that left you wanting more. After viewing the movie I immediately started searching for the movie online to purchase because I wanted my family and friends to see such a wonderful movie. To my dissatifaction Movies Unlimited did not have this movie. I have searched monthly hoping that TCM would show it again and to the present day, it has not been shown again. Only today did I order a used copy from Amazon. If you love an old fashioned love story between two unlikely characters in a far away land with great obstacles to overcome, you will love this movie. It transported me to a time when I was a child dreaming that I would find someone to love me and express it like Mr. Asano did in the movie. This is a feel good movie and will be a pleasure for the hopelessly romantics at heart.
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