Fiddler on the Roof

Synopsis: At the beginning of the twentieth century, Jews and Orthodox Christians live in the little village of Anatevka in the pre-revolutionary Russia of the Czars. Among the traditions of the Jewish community, the matchmaker arranges the match and the father approves it. The milkman Reb Tevye is a poor man that has been married for twenty-five years with Golde and they have five daughters. When the local matchmaker Yente arranges the match between his older daughter Tzeitel and the old widow butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye agrees with the wedding. However Tzeitel is in love with the poor tailor Motel Kamzoil and they ask permission to Tevye to get married that he accepts to please his daughter. Then his second daughter Hodel (Michele Marsh) and the revolutionary student Perchik decide to marry each other and Tevye is forced to accept. When Perchik is arrested by the Czar troops and sent to Siberia, Hodel decides to leave her family and homeland and travel to Siberia to be with her beloved Perchik.
Genre: Drama, Family, Musical
Director(s): Norman Jewison
Production: United Artists
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
181 min

Even a poor girl without a dowry has

to look at her husband sometime.

A husband is not to look

at, a husband is to get.

But mama, I'm not yet 20 years old.

- Sha!

- I don't think I

Do you have to boast about your age?

Do you want to tempt

the evil eye?


Oh, out, all of you.

There's work to be done before the Sabbath.

Hurry! All of you, hurry.


Golde, I have such news for you.

And not every day in the week news.

Once in a lifetime news.

Mmm, Such diamonds, such jewels.

I'll find a husband for

every one of them.

But you shouldn't be so picky, right?

Of course right! Because after all,

even the worst husband, God forbid,

is better than no husband, God forbid!

And who should know better than me?

Ever since my husband died

I've been a poor widow, all alone, no one

to talk to, nothing to say to anyone.

All I do at night is think of him.

And even thinking of him

gives me no pleasure.

- Is Tzeitel in the house?

- Why don't you go in and find out?

Thank you, Bielke.

- Yet he never raised his voice.

- Er... Good afternoon.

Is Tzeitel in the house?

She's busy. Come back later.

But there's something I like to tell her.


Later Oh, all right.

What does that poor skinny

tailor want with Tzeitel?

They've been friends since they

were babies. They talk, they play.

They play? What do they play?

I don't know. They're children.

Oh, from such children come other children.

Motel is nothing.

Yente. Yente, you said

you had news for me.

Ah children, children.

They are your blessing in your old age.

But my Aaron, heh', may he rest in

peace, couldn't give me children.

To tell the truth, Golde, he hardly tried.

But what's the use complaining?

Other women enjoy complaining. Not Yente.

Not every woman in the world is a Yente.

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Joseph Stein

Joseph Stein (May 30, 1912 – October 24, 2010) was an American playwright best known for writing the books for such musicals as Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. more…

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