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189 Ratings


Directed by Barbra Streisand
United States, United Kingdom, 1983
Drama, Musical, Romance


Eastern Europe, 1904. A Jewish woman, Yentl, has a thirst for knowledge but is prohibited from learning due to the restrictions of her religion. When her father dies, she sets off to increase her knowledge, posing as a man in order to gain admission to a Jewish religious school.

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Yentl Directed by Barbra Streisand

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1984 | Winner: Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score

1984 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1983 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Golden Globes (USA)

1984 | 2 wins including: Best Director - Motion Picture

1984 | 4 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1984 | Winner: Special Silver Ribbon

1984 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actress

Critics reviews

A deeply moving, surprisingly stylized feminist musical. Already a massive, Oscar-winning celebrity, Streisand had proven her range long ago. Yentl allowed her to demonstrate not just her directing chops, but also a keen understanding of her own star power.
October 11, 2018
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A film that I . . . had thought I could spend my entire life avoiding. I’m glad I didn’t, if only for the confounding pleasure of watching the straight, cis woman long worshipped by gay guys execute the tricky feat — after Yentl transforms herself into yeshiva boy Anshel and finds herself falling in love with Mandy Patinkin’s Avigdor and marrying Amy Irving’s Hadass — of performing doubly deflected heterosexuality.
June 07, 2017
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The film throbs with an intensity well expressed by Michel Legrand’s plangent song-score.
December 01, 1993
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