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Skokie (1981)

A dramatization of the controversial trial concerning the right for Neo-Nazis to march in the predominately Jewish community of Skokie.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Ernest Kinoy
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Kaye ... Max Feldman
John Rubinstein ... Herb Lewisohn
Carl Reiner ... Abbot Rosen
Kim Hunter ... Bertha Feldman
Eli Wallach ... Bert Silverman
Brian Dennehy ... Police Chief Arthur Buchanan
George Dzundza ... Frank Collin
Ed Flanders ... Mayor Albert J. Smith
Charles Levin ... Rabbi Steinberg
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Aryeh Neier
James Sutorius ... David Hamlin
Lee Strasberg ... Morton Weisman
Marin Kanter ... Janet Feldman
Robin Bartlett ... JDL Girl
David Hurst ... Sol Goldstein
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Storyline

This is the story of some modern day Nazi activists who plan to march through the predominantly Jewish community of Skokie. The town officials tell the citizens to ignore them cause there's nothing that they can do. But one citizen (Kaye) who's a death camp survivor says that he was told this nearly forty years ago in Germany and before he knew it he was in a concentration camp. He says this time if they march, he will not ignore them; he will take action. So, the mayor does what he can to stop them, so the Nazi's leader (Dzundza) goes to the ACLU, and the Jewish lawyer (Rubinstein) he speaks to, says that this is a violation of the First Ammendment and takes the case to court. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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aclu | jewish | march | nazi | neo nazi | See All (21) »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Between two brothers See more »

Filming Locations:

Skokie, Illinois, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Titus Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This would be the final appearance of Danny Kaye before motion picture cameras, and the last of only two dramatic performances. The other performance being the "Ragpicker," in the 1969 film The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) starring Katharine Hepburn. See more »

Goofs

One actress seen in the synagogue protesting the Nazi march is seen later in the ACLU office answering phones and defending the Nazi march. See more »

Quotes

Herb Lewisohn: Doesn't it feel kind of funny?
Bert Silverman: What?
Herb Lewisohn: I mean, you argued the first amendment for us before. In 68, the democratic convention. It's kind of surprising finding you arguing for prior restraint.
Bert Silverman: Well, it's surprising to find you, a Jew, arguing in the defense of a Nazi like Collin.
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Skokie: Lest We Forget
5 January 2003 | by moviemysticSee all my reviews

He could have his pick of them but this is the only film role Danny Kaye took after a 12 year retirement of sorts.

He managed to sandwich in Skokie amid a slew of TV specials, tributes, and various other glorified career retrospectives. It would be his last significant work before the cameras, and it proved to be some of his finest.

The subject matter may seem corny or outdated to a young person, but not to anyone who knows the dark side of history the Nazis created.

And now here in a land where liberal communist sympathizers had been attacked at every turn for decades by the authorities, the conservative neo-Nazi party was enjoying a blind eye being turned to them. They were allowed to run rampant, particularly in America's East, and specifically in Illinois.

The cast, including the late Mr. Kaye, Kim Hunter, Ed Flanders and Lee Strasberg, is excellent and all turn in the fine performances that one would expect of actors of their sterling talent.

Naturally the old racist line turns up that goes "the only trouble with Hitler is that he didn't finish the job." But yes, that fact actually did mean not only "trouble" for his party, it meant the downfall of his entire regime - as well as the echoes of it here in America. Do not ignore the past, Skokie is saying, lest our apathy be mistaken for weakness.

These days, though, two decades after Skokie was filmed, we're keeping a much closer eye on Oregon than Illinois, but the message is the same - maintain constant vigilance upon those who would hide behind the Constitution in order to further the sickness of bigotry.


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