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A Woman Called Golda
A Woman Called Golda
Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson
Director: Alan Gibson
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2009     3hr 20min

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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Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Ned Beatty, Franklin Cover, Judy Davis, Anne Jackson
Director: Alan Gibson
Creators: Adam Greenberg, Gene Corman, Harve Bennett, Lynn Guthrie, Marilyn Hall, Harold Gast, Steve Gethers
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 03/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1982
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1982
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 3hr 20min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 11
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A Wonderful Tribute to Golde Meir and to Ingrid Bergman!!!!!
Amos Lassen | 05/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!!!!!"
Excellent movie and nonbiased!!!
matokie | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Bergman Shines as Golda--on DVD for the first time
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""A Woman Called Golda"

Bergman Shines as Golda

On DVD for the First Time

Amos Lassen

I first watched "A Woman Named Golda" when I lived in Israel in 1982. At that time people either loved her hated her. She had been vilified as a the person who was responsible for the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and in her latter years her popularity was at all time low.
Personally I loved Golda. When I lived in Tel Aviv in the early 1970's Golda had an apartment three houses down from me and we often ran into each other at the neighborhood market. She always said "Good Morning"--she was just another person--she was Golda and I was Amos. She was never Madame Minister or Prime Minister Meir; she was simply Golda. I remember once when we had tea at her apartment. Golda boiled the water, cut the cake and she was, as I said, just Golda. I once had a great picture of us having tea at her place but it is now gone with Hurricane Katrina. But so much musing about Golda. Let's have a look at "A Woman Named Golda.
Ingrid Bergman IS Golda. She gives an amazing performance--probably the best of her career. She looks and acts like Golda and the resemblance is stunning.
Golda narrates her life here and it covers every aspect of her life and shows everything she did to obtain peace for her country. If there ever was an example as to how a woman should conduct herself both politically and privately, that woman is Golda. Her integrity and selflessness go together with her humanity and her dignity. She personified righteousness. We see her triumphs and her tragedies and we see her as stubborn and intelligent. She knew persecution from her youth in Russia. At a time in history when American Jews preferred assimilation to activism, Golda was driven to Palestine so she could help build a homeland--"l'vnot ulehibanot" and so a homeland could build her. When she got to Palestine she had no idea that her intelligence and talents would catapult her to the very center of the world stage with the rebirth of a tiny country in a very hostile area of the world.
History is interesting in that it is usually written by the victorious and usually only shows it from that point of view. Few women have been highlighted by history--Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Mata Hari and several others. Interesting that this is true because several women have made valuable historical contributions. Once such woman was Golda Meir. She was the fourth prime minister of Israel and she bravely fought for her country. She could toe to toe with men stronger than herself; some of the greatest men in world history and she became known as the Iron Lady of Israel.
"A Woman Named Golda" produced by Paramount Pictures in 1982 takes a deep and hard look at Golda and won universal critical acclaim and won major awards. Notably Ingrid Bergman won the Emmy and Golden Glove for her performance as Golda. They were awarded posthumously and Bergman was battling cancer during the film but she was determined to finish this film. It has become her crowning glory.
The film is a compelling biography of a compelling woman and it is a gripping drama of a time in history that was of critical importance for millions of people. People who were only names to us come to life in this film and it gives insight into the socio-political structure of the Middle East.
Golda is presented as a real person with all of her quirks and foibles. She is not glamorized and her life is presented as it was. Obviously the biggest problem for the filmmakers was the choice of the actress to play Golda. It had to be a woman with drive and passion as Golda had and Ingrid Bergman, one of the most iconic of all actresses of all time made her last appearance on film as Golda. Bergman threw herself into the role completely and we feel the love of her profession just as we feel Golda's love for Israel and its people.
The film opens in a very moving manner in Milwaukee in 1977 when Golda, now out of office, returns to the city where she spent part of her childhood. She returned to speak at the school where she was a student years before and she is welcomed by African American students singing the national anthem of Israel, "Hatikva". It is hard to keep a dry eye watching this and you know from that point that you are in for a special viewing treat. It is here that Golda begins to tell her story--from humble Russian roots to America to Israel and to the Jews who were displaced and homeless because of war and prejudice. It is absolutely an amazing film about an amazing journey made by an amazing woman. This is a film that you do not want to miss. It is a tribute to Golda and to Ingrid Bergman--they were both magical women and shining examples of what women can do.
Great Film-Needed on DVD
LaChaim | Houston TX | 06/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is truly a great film. A inisght into the generation of jewry who dealt with the legacy of the holocaust and the millions of displaced jews that no one in the world wanted. The acting is superb-one qualm-why is this film not on dvd? really. if anyone knows let the rest of us know. we need this one on dvd for sure