The Jazz Singer
- 1 hr 55 min
The Jazz Singer is a 1980 drama film remake of the 1927 classic The Jazz Singer. The 1980 film was directed by Richard Fleischer and Signey J. Furie. The story takes place in New York city where Jess Robin, played by Neil Diamond, is a young Jewish cantor that performs in the synagogue of his father, Cantor Rabinovitch played by Laurence Olivier. He lives a very Jewish life with his wife Rivka Rabinovitch, who is very devoted to their faith. Jess not only sings in the synagogue but writes songs for a black singing group. When one of the members gets in trouble with the law and can't perform, Jess fills in, trying to disguise himself as African American. The performance was very successful, and one of the members contacts Jess, informing him that they have landed an opportunity in Los Angeles. He really wants to go, but has problems with his wife and his father. His father says his singing is a gift and should only be used for God. And his wife has reservations because he will be so far away and will be tempted by all the things a big city brings. Jess decides to go to Los Angeles anyway and is greeted by an agent, Molly Bell, who brings him to the recording studio. Once there he finds out they are recording his song as a rock song, when it should be more of a ballad. He tries to convince them to let him record it the way it is supposed to be, but they refuse. Molly the agent recognizes his talent and realizes he should record his music the way he wants it done and works at trying to get him introduced to the right people. His success causes problems with his family to the point that it affects his music. He then goes back and forth with what to do and travels back to New York. This story shows the importance of family and also the importance of family support.