Joshua Then and Now

Joshua Then and Now

Director: Ted Kotcheff Cast: James Woods, Gabrielle Lazure, Alan Arkin

DVD (Full Frame)

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The early ups and later downs in the life of Joshua Shapiro (James Woods) more or less describe the trajectory of this semi-autobiographical film, adapted from the book by Mordecai Richler. Joshua is a Jewish Canadian writer who has returned from living in England for nearly three decades, only to see the major components of his life disintegrate around him. Flashbacks tell the tale of Joshua's childhood -- raised by a father who is an ex-boxer with a creative approach to earning a living (illegally) and a mother who earns her living as a stripper. Leaving this background and his coming-of-age behind him, Joshua flies off to England and gains a reputation as a writer, marrying a politically leftist but socially elite wife. On his return to Canada at the end of the '70s, everything around him collapses. His best friend dies, his brother-in-law kills himself, there is a smear campaign against him, and someone is out to blackmail him. Things only get worse, in fact, before they level off.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2016
UPC: 0024543117346
Original Release: 1985
Rating: R
Source: Fox Mod
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 42,908

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Joshua Shapiro
Gabrielle Lazure Pauline Shapiro
Alan Arkin Reuben Shapiro
Michael Sarrazin Kevin Hornby
Linda Sorenson Esther Shapiro
Alan Scarfe Jack Trimble
Kate Trotter Jane Trimble
Alexander Knox Sen. Hornby
Chuck Shamata Seymour Kaplan
Paul Hecht Eli Seligson
Henry Beckman Det. Stuart McMaster
Eric Kimmel Young Joshua
Harvey Atkin Dr. Jonathan Cole
Robert Joy Colin Fraser
Catherine Colvey Mrs. Abbott
Kliment Denchev Bulgarian Poet
James di Salvio Barmitzvah Boy
Michael Donahue Ryan
Christopher Eisenhardt Mr. Hickey
Patrick Gill Barmitzvah Boy
Murray Greenberg Barmitzvah Boy
Robert Howard Alex Shapiro
Alexandra Innes Joanna
Yuval Kernerman Young Seymour Kaplan
Jason Lang Barmitzvah Boy
Sonny Lewis Doorman
Bronwen Mantel Mrs. Friar
Arn Meldrum Barmitzvah Boy
Nuvit Ozdogru Bulgarian Translator
Yohan Perez Barmitzvah Boy
Andrew Powell Ralph Murdoch
Philip Pretten Mr. Friar
Michael Richman Barmitzvah Boy
Jack Rider Dr. Danzinger
Rob Roy Mr. Abbott
Talya Rubin Susy Shapiro
Warren Rubin Barmitzvah Boy
David Shaffer R.C.C. Boy
Joshua Shore Barmitzvah Boy
Danny Silverman Barmitzvah Boy
Linda Smith Mrs. Hickey
Harriet Stein Woman on Telephone
Gordon Michael Woolvett Teddy Shapiro
John Zobolas Barmitzvah Boy
Ken Campbell Sidney Murdoch

Technical Credits
Ted Kotcheff Director
Marie-Angel Breitner-Protat Makeup
Fred Brennan Sound Editor
Millie Burns Art Director
Billy Byers Musical Direction/Supervision
Richard Cadger Sound Editor
Kathryn Casault Makeup
Don Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Donald Cohen Sound/Sound Designer
Hazel Pethig Cote Costumes/Costume Designer
David Evans Sound Editor
Brian Foley Choreography
Wayne Griffin Sound Editor
Austin Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Penny Hozy Sound/Sound Designer
Louise Jobin Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Lantos Producer
Robin Leigh Sound Editor
Rose Marie McSherry Set Decoration/Design
Dino Pigat Sound/Sound Designer
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Francois Protat Cinematographer
Mordecai Richler Screenwriter
David Rigley Stunts
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Stephen J. Roth Producer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Steve Scala Songwriter
Harold Thrasher Art Director
Ron Wisman Editor

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