The Jazz Singer (1980)

Director
Richard Fleischer

Main cast
Neil Diamond; Laurence Olivier; Lucie Arnaz

Genres
Drama, Music

Description
Neil Diamond stars as Yussel in this tale of a young Jewish cantor who strives to make a career in music.


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