The Angel Levine


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Eli Wallach Photo
Eli Wallach as Delicatessen Clerk
Zero Mostel Photo
Zero Mostel as Morris Mishkin
Harry Belafonte Photo
Harry Belafonte as Alexander Levine
Gloria Foster Photo
Gloria Foster as Sally
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976.7 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 46 min
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1.77 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 46 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer3 / 10

Hard to watch and enjoy.

Morris Miskin (Zero Mostel) is a Jewish man whose faith in God and mankind is at all all-time low. His wife is bedridden and they can barely afford her medications, he's lost his business after it burned down, due to back trouble he's unemployable and he's disowned his daughter for marrying a non-Jew. And, when the film begins, he's applying for welfare benefits as he simply cannot pay his bills. Into this messed up and depressing life arrives a man who claims he's an angel (Harry Belafonte). Not surprisingly, Morris isn't convinced the guy is an angel...especially since the angel curses God and steals. Later in the film this 'angel' even slaps his girlfriend. Clearly, if he is an angel, he's NOT a very good one. But this guy who claims to be angel promises to help Morris if only he'd believe in him.

The acting in this film is excellent...very nice and well done by Belafonte and Mostel. As for the movie itself, it's incredibly depressing...and a bit like a modern telling of Job....just a bit. But is it good and should you watch it? Well, if you are dealing with depression, my suggestion is you skip it. The film is so downbeat and hard to'll likely make you more depressed if you see it. This actually is likely for ANYONE watching the's oppressively sad to watch. And, after all is said and done, you might just feel miserable yourself. Interesting? Yes. Enjoyable, good grief, no.

Reviewed by bkoganbing9 / 10

Faith And Race

The unlikely duo of Zero Mostel and Harry Belafonte team up to give us some interesting performances and subject matter in The Angel Levine. It's one interesting twist on the themes from It's A Wonderful Life.

Zero is married to Ida Kaminsky and the two of them belong to a special class of elderly Jewish poor in New York. Mostel used to be a tailor and proud of his trade, but his back and arthritis have prevented him from working. Kaminsky is mostly bedridden. He's reduced to applying for welfare. In desperation like Jimmy Stewart, he cries out to God for some help.

Now maybe if he had gotten someone like Henry Travers things might have worked out differently, but even Stewart had trouble accepting Travers. But Travers had one thing going for him, he was over 100 years off this mortal coil and all his ties to earthly things were gone. God sent Mostel something quite different, the recently deceased Harry Belafonte who should have at least been given some basic training for angels before being given an assignment.

Belafonte hasn't accepted he's moved on from life, he's still got a lot of issues. He also has a wife, Gloria Foster, who doesn't know he's passed on, hit by a car right at the beginning of the film. You put his issues and Mostel's issues and you've got a good conflict, starting with the fact that Mostel can't believe in a black Jew named Levine.

This was the farewell performance for Polish/Jewish actress Ida Kaminsky who got a nomination for Best Actress in The Shop on Main Street a few years back. The other prominent role here is that of Irish actor Milo O'Shea playing a nice Jewish doctor. Remembering O'Shea's brogue from The Verdict, I was really surprised to see and hear him carry off the part of the doctor.

The Angel Levine raises some interesting and disturbing questions about faith and race in this society. It's brought to you by a stellar cast and of course created by acclaimed writer Bernard Malamud. Make sure to catch it when broadcast.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid3 / 10

Very disappointing!

I purchased this Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer DVD because Leonard Maltin is quoted on the cover as describing it as "touching and humorous." Now "touching" I would agree with to some extent – especially so far as the first two-thirds of the movie are concerned. But "humorous"? Come on, Leonard, what's humorous about a poverty-stricken, God-forsaken little tailor whose lovely wife is literally dying before his eyes? And does the tailor's condition improve as the movie progresses? No, it gets worse, despite everything the worn-to-a-frazzle little guy can do. To add to his woes, he is visited by an angel. And does God send a helpful angel? No, God does nothing of the sort. Instead He sends a self- obsessed, former earthling, who is far more interested in tying up pieces of his own life than helping the tailor. Needless to say, the angel is totally unsuccessful on all fronts. Worse still, the movie doesn't come to a conclusion. It just gets more and more confused and tied up in a total vacuum as it blindly stumbles towards "The End" title.

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