Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

35mm film, 70mm film, Technicolor, 2.35:1, 2.20:1 [70mm prints]
mono (35mm prints), stereo (35mm mag-optical prints),70mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70mm prints), English, Hebrew, Russian

An American musical film with some fantasy sequences directed by Norman Jewison.

Plot Summary

In pre-revolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant has to find husbands for his three daughters while anti-Semitic feelings threatens the tranquillity of his village life. long the way, he lies about having a dream which is shown in full and the dead return to life to issue prophecies that later come true.


Director: Norman Jewison
The Mirisch Production Company presents
Producer: Norman Jewison
Associate Producer: Patrick Palmer
Screenplay: Joseph Stein
Original Musical Play (Book): Joseph Stein
Original Musical Play (Music): Jerry Bock
Original Musical Play (Lyrics): Sheldon Harnick
Original Play: Sholom Aleichem
Director of Photography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Antony Gibbs, Robert Lawrence
Music: Jerry Bock
Sound Recording: David Hildyard
Costumes: Elizabeth Haffenden, Joan Bridge
Special Effects: John Stears
Production Designer: Robert Boyle

Topol (Tevye)
Norma Crane (Golde)
Leonard Frey (Motel)
Molly Picon (Yente)
Paul Mann (Lazar Wolf)
Rosalind Harris (Tzeitel)
Michele Marsh (Hodel)
Neva Small (Chava)
Paul Michael Glaser (Perchik)
Ray Lovelock (Fyedka)
Elaine Edwards (Shprintze)
Candy Bonstein (Bielke)
Shimen Ruskin (Mordcha)
Zvee Scooler (Rabbi)
Louis Zorich (Constable)
Alfie Scopp (Avram)
Howard Goorney (Nachum)
Barry Dennen (Mendel)
Vernon Dobtcheff (Russian official)
Ruth Madoc (Fruma Sarah)

Alternative Titles

Anatevka – Dutch, German title
Damdaki kemancı – Turkish title
Guslač na krovu – Croatian title
Hegedűs a háztetőn – Hungarian title
Kinor al ha-Gag – Israeli title
Scripcarul pe acoperiş – Romanian title
Skrzypek na dachu – Polish title
Spelman på taket – Swedish, Swedish Finnish title
Spelemann på taket – Norwegian title
Spillemand på en tagryg – Danish title
Un violon sur le toit – French, French Canadian title
Violon-zan rooy-e bam – Iranian title
El violinista a la teulada – Catalan Spanish title
El violinista en el tejado – Argentine, Peruvian, Spanish title
Violinista en el tejado – Mexican title
Um Violinista no Telhado – Brazilian title
Violinista na krovu – Serbian title
Il violinista sul tetto – Italian title
Um Violino no Telhado – Portuguese title
O violistis sti stegi – Greek re-release title
O violistis stin stegi – Greek title
Viulunsoittaja katolla – Finnish title
Yane no ue no vaiorin-hiki – Japanese title
Ο βιολιστής στη στέγη – Greek title
Скрипаль на даху – Ukrainian title
Скрипач на крыше – Russian title
Цигулар на покрива – Bulgarian title


American Cinematographer vol.51 no.12 (December 1970) pp.1204-1211, 1222 – illustrated article
British National Film Catalogue vol.14 (1976) p.135 – credits
Cinema TV Today no.9959 (11 December 1971) p.16 – review
Empire no.129 (March 2000) p.128 – DVD review (Dvd to buy by [NJ])
Empire no.140 (February 2001) p.120 – video review (Remote control: video to buy by [JB])
Empire no.145 (July 2001) p.75 – illustrated review (New films by Caroline Westbrook)
Empire no.174 (December 2003) p.170 – illustrated DVD review (Remote control: rwd by [NA])
Film-Echo/Filmwoche no.57 (9 October 1971) pp.8-9 – article
Filmfacts vol.14 no.16 (1971) p.385 – review
Films and Filming vol.18 no.5 (February 1972) p.50 – review
Films Illustrated vol.1 no.7 (January 1972) pp.27-28 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.39 no.456 (January 1972) p.5 – credits, synopsis, review
Photoplay vol.22 no.4 (April 1971) pp.36-37 – preview
Photoplay vol.23 no.1 (January 1972) pp.40-41 – review
Show vol.2 no.10 (December 1971) pp.43-45 – article
Sight & Sound vol.14 no.3 (March 2004) p.77 – DVD review (Home movies: reviews by Patrick Fahy)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.212 no.19 (7 August 1970) p.9 – credits
The Hollywood Reporter vol.218 no.31 (3 November 1971) p.3 – review
Variety 3 November 1971 p.16 – credits, synopsis, review

Film Review 1972-1973 by F. Maurice Speed p.219 – credits
by Walt Lee p.138 – credits

Other sources
BFI Southbank Guide December 2019 p.25 – illustrated listing