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Snow in August
Snow in August
Actors: Stephen Rea, Lolita Davidovich, Adam MacDonald, Jonathan Koensgen, Jase Blankfort
Director: Richard Friedenberg
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2003     1hr 44min

Eleven-year-old Michael Devlin is on an astonishing adventure into a magical world where he will learn about the power of belief to right wrongs and build unlikely friendships. Based on the best-selling novel by Pete Hamill.


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Actors: Stephen Rea, Lolita Davidovich, Adam MacDonald, Jonathan Koensgen, Jase Blankfort
Director: Richard Friedenberg
Creators: Richard Friedenberg, Claudio Castravelli, Daniel Ostroff, Deborah Ann Henderson, Jake Eberts, Lenny Young, Pete Hamill
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Family Films, Television
Studio: Showtime Ent.
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/03/2003
Original Release Date: 08/12/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 08/12/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

When The Shofar Sounds The Faithful Will Gather ~ A Golem
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 08/26/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"The year is 1947, the place an Irish Catholic neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Michael (Peter Tambakis) finds himself caught in a freak snowstorm one August afternoon and steps into a nearby doorway to warm up. Once inside he encounters a bearded man named Judah (Stephen Rea), a lonely, disillusioned rabbi recently arrived from Czechoslovakia.

They become friends and before long Judah is sharing his Jewish faith with the young boy along with wonderous tales of kabbalistic folklore and mysticism. However Michael soon discovers that some people in the neighborhood don't approve of his new acquaintance, or others of the Jewish faith for that matter. For the first time in his short life Michael is exposed to anti-semitic behavior by a group of local teenagers. When the rabbi is badly beaten by one of the bullies Michael looks for a way to stop the violence.

He asks the rabbi if the stories he has been telling him are true, or at least one in particular. A medieval tale about a Golem, an artifical creation made of clay fashioned in human form. A creature of immense strength that according to legend could be brought to life through a prescribed set of Hebrew prayers and rituals. It would be a 'Warrior of God' that could stand against the neighborhood bullies. He asks Judah if it's possible. Responding with a hesitant maybe, Michael is off to attempt the unimaginable.

"Snow in August" was made on a small budget for television and it shows in the production values. However if you stay with it you'll discover that the story is really quite good and its message of tolerance and understanding is one we should never get tired of hearing."
Thoroughly enjoyable!
Judith A. Carlson | Chicago, IL United States | 06/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie teaches a lot about how hateful prejudice and stereotypes can be (in this case, antisemitism). It is a movie about how a little boy learns that what he thought was so was completely wrong. It shows how a friendship can blossom between two people of diverse cultures who are also very far apart in age...and how they can learn from each other to the mutual benefit of not only both of them, but for an entire neighborhood. Furthermore, it is as close to the original book as I have ever seen. This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie (AND book!)."
A great movie; a great lesson!
Sherry F. | Leonia, NJ USA | 05/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I teach a high-functioning, multiply-handicapped inclusion class. We were working on the theme of bullying and I showed several movies with examples of this theme. "Snow in August" has wonderful examples of bullying and possible consequences. Both students and staff were captivated, fully involved -- booing the "bad guys" and cheering the "good guys." I highly recommend this movie for its characters, its story, its history, and, of course, its lessons."
Snow in August
Sandra Marmar | Woodstock VT, USA | 05/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After reading the book this film is quite relevant. Of course in a movie things have to be compressed. It was an excellant movie for a low budget movie. If you lived in the 40's and 50's it took you right back. If you live today you are aware that things just don't change much. If you are poor there is no way the police can help or protect you. The only escape is through knowledge, fantasy, belief, and cunning.

See the movie then read the book!"