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The Juggler (1953)

Kirk Douglas , Richard Benedict , Edward Dmytryk  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Richard Benedict, Charles Lane, Milly Vitale
  • Directors: Edward Dmytryk
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C6SI7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A once-famous juggler who survived after losing his family in the Nazi death camps, Hans Muller (Kirk Douglas) is just one of the thousands of refugees who have come to Israel following World War II. Confused and disoriented by his new surroundings, he instinctively attacks a police officer who asks to see his papers before fleeing into the countryside, landing at a kibbutz where he falls in love with Ya'El (Milly Vitale), a young farmworker who's committed to helping get the new Jewish state on its feet. But when he's tracked down by a detective (Paul Stewart),fearing a return to prison, Hans barricades himself inside a cottage, forcing Ya'El to convince him to come out and face the truth. Newly remastered.

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One might as well get right to the root of the big question about this release, the movie itself, as relatively few people have ever seen this picture. The Juggler is a better idea for a movie than it is a movie -- it has what they sometimes refer to in the theater world as "second act problems." The latter mostly concern the script and tone in the middle section, and Kirk Douglas's performance, which break the tension in what was a superb opening 45 minutes, though the movie does almost redeem itself in the third act. It's also enjoyable to see something as unusual as this movie, in terms of its subject matter and its location shooting -- the early days of the State of Israel, and the waves of immigrants, all of them refugees from Europe and many of them direct Holocaust survivors, arriving by the thousands, with such familiar players as Paul Stewart, John Banner, Richard Benedict, Jay Adler, and Charles Lane aboard, in such unfamiliar roles; and even Kirk Douglas, for all of the flaws in his performance, is fascinating as the tormented protagonist, mentally unhinged at his own guilt over the loss of his family.

As to the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment DVD at hand, it's a solidly professional DVD-R (manufactured on demand), mastered from a clean source for the movie -- obviously a 35mm print -- which looks good on the small screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the quality June 10, 2012
By Osha
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Excellent condition. Wrapped well and you could tell it was new! I like that? Movie was interesting. Holocaust survivor in Israel suffers from PTSD before this illness became popularized. Kirk is great as is Senta Berger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Israel Begins September 5, 2012
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interesting story about the refuge provided to outcast Jews from the world and what it was like to begin a new country in hostile environment, enjoyed the young girl reciting her geography lesson on what country is located where with respect to Israel.... perhaps one too many Shaloms and american blondes but a perspective of holocaust survivor effects rarely seen especially in this timeframe ... kept wondering what happened to all the Arabs who used to live there as they mentioned abandoned Arab camps, were they forced out or chose to leave, and how relevant this is today and to bring home the reality of Syrian refugees and the horror of war, but leaving a bright ray of hope for those who live in such simplicity to create strength, enjoyed the juggling immensely!!
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