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The story of the Russian-born, Wisconsin-raised woman who rose to become Israel's prime minister in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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As one legend playing another, Ingrid Bergman gives a shattering portrayal of Golda Meir, the first female prime minister of Israel. In fact, the film is shot through with drama, both onscreen and off, as the viewer is reminded that this fearless performance, for which Bergman won an Emmy, was her last; she died just three months after the film was aired in 1982. The biography of Meir is well known, and well told here: The daughter of Ukrainian refugees, she grew up in Milwaukee, and became involved in Zionist politics at an early age. She and her husband moved to a kibbutz in Palestine in the '20s--and there she focused her life on helping to establish a Jewish homeland in Israel. The supporting cast is splendid, with Judy Davis playing the young idealist Golda, and Leonard Nimoy, never better, playing Golda's politically active, and always supportive, husband. But the film belongs to Bergman, who so completely inhabits the look and mannerisms of Meir that she seems to fit comfortably inside Meir's skin. Gone is any trace of the glamorous movie star--but in its place is something even more compelling, and ultimately more beautiful: a performance haunting, powerful, and unquestionably inspirational. --A.T. Hurley


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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson
  • Directors: Alan Gibson
  • Writers: Harold Gast, Steve Gethers
  • Producers: Gene Corman, Harve Bennett, Lynn Guthrie, Marilyn Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PKHS72
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,097 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Woman Called Golda" on IMDb

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Loves To Read on May 16, 2009
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STORY - The made for TV mini-series begins with a limousine pulling up to an elementary school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Out steps Golda Meir, the former Prime Minister of Israel and the most famous graduate of this school. Born a Russian Jew, she and her family were forced to leave Russia in the early 20th century and emigrated to the US. Golda's dream became to live in Israel. As she answers questions from the school children she flashes back to her life and the events that led to her being the Prime Minister of Israel and one of the most influential women of the 20th century. Ingrid Bergman is outstanding as always and was a great choice to play the part of Golda Meir. This is not only the story of an incredible and influential woman but it is the story of Israel, its journey to statehood and its fight to survive in the midst of its enemies. It's a great biography and an excellent history lesson. It makes one wonder what it would be like now if there were a woman of her stature in Israeli leadership. It's four hours long with the DVD divided into two sections. Well worth the investment of time to learn more about this important area of the world. Lu G. for Lu's Reviews.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By "matokie" on March 5, 2001
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A quality drama of a unique portion of 20th century history. Fairly accurate in historical detail in describing the struggles of the reborn state of Israel. Despite all contrary odds and the concerted effort of four arab nations to annihilate the state of Israel, this young struggling nation under Golda's leadership not only survives but "blooms" in the desert.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1999
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What a wonderful video!!!!! It portrays the real life of Golde Meir through her own words as the elderly woman who returns to her grammar school in Wisconsin. Ingrid Bergman's last role is deffinitely one of her very best! She is very believeable as the Prime Minister of Israel. It is historically accurate and educational! I recommend it highly for students! It shows the young Nation's struggle through the eyes of this courageous woman! A tribute to Golde, Ingrid and Israel!!!!! Shalom!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 24, 2012
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From humble beginnings in Russia, Golda Meir rose to astounding fame as Israel's Prime Minister during the turbulent period, 1969 - 1974. Her story parallel's that of the Nation of Israel. This is a made-for-TV movie (2 parts) that aired in April, 1082. It is a remarkable story, both personally and historically. Since Golda Meir was such a remarkable woman, it required a powerful remarkable actress like Ingrid Bergman to portray her life. Ms. Bergman absolutely becomes Golda Meir, the "Mother of Israel". Her performance won her an Emmy award for Best Leading Actress. Golda's story begins in her childhood which involved pogroms to purge the Jews in Russia; this gave her her lifelong dream of returning to Zion (Israel). Her family immigrated to America, where she met her husband, Morris Meyerson, (wonderfully portrayed by Leonard Nimoy) and then to Palestine and finally, Israel. This is a marvelous, gripping story; a powerful story of a humble, gentle, ever-so-human, yet, powerful woman who despite remarkable odds, lived to see a peace treaty with Israel's chief enemy, Egypt.

This is a very good story, yet, it will not appeal to a wide audience. Those interested in history, especially the history of Israel, will love this movie, as I did. Kids will be bored by it, as will those seeking action and adventure. No, this is a serious movie for a serious audience. It is well worth the time invested to learn about the remarkable life that was Golda Meir.

Kone

(Ingrid Bergman died 4 months after the airing of this movie)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 24, 2009
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Ingrid Bergman does a wonderful job, as does Judy Davis, at playing the Iron Lady Golda Meir (before Thatcher, there was Golda). Golda Meir's life traced itself from the Russian Empire to the American Jewish Diaspora to the formation of Israel and through the pivotal times of war and peace.

Originally run as a television mini-series, this film shows her childhood, life on a kibbutz, early days in Israel, and times as Foreign Minister and Prime Minister in good detail, both personal and professional, to give a real sense of the woman and the political figure. From her childhood she was a determined person; her shakey marriage with Morris Meyerson is depicted with sensitivity (Leonard Nimoy plays the long-suffering Meyerson). Her ideas of hope and her determination for both security and peace are depicted with passion and humor.

Watch for cameos from people such as Ned Beatty (who plays an American senator being strong-armed into selling advanced weaponry to Israel), Nigel Hawthorne (in quite a bit of make-up as the King of Jordan who lays the political reality out for Golda Meir as to why he can't initiate peace and live), and Robert Loggia (as Anwar Sadat).

The story has good pacing; much is done in flash-back form. In part it is done through narrative device of one of Golda's political secretaries, Lou Kaddar, played by Anne Jackson. I loved the scene where Lou Kaddar interviews for the job with Golda, and presents a letter as a sample of her writing. The letter is in praise of her former employer; "He sounds like an outstanding man," Golda says, to which Lou Kaddar responds, "He was a son of a *bleep*." Golda, without missing a beat, simply replies, "You might do well at this job."

It has been a long time coming, but it is worth the wait.
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I am not at all sure I understand what you're saying here. Are you saying that Golda exists in DVD or why doesn't it exist in DVD? I am looking for it in DVD form. Can you tell me if it does exist in DVD form? I have it on VHS but would like it in the DVD. Thanks.
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It's out now :-)
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Im trying to find out on dvd status as well. I have contacted paramount-who knows but i hope it is soon that this film is rightfully given its dvd due
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