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Indignation (2016)

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In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

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James Schamus

Writers:

Philip Roth (based on the novel by), James Schamus (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tijuana Ricks ... Old Age Home Nurse
Sue Dahlman ... Older Olivia
Jason Jiang ... Yu Yuan
Logan Lerman ... Marcus Messner
Avy Eschenasy Avy Eschenasy ... Rabbi
Richard Topol ... Mo Greenberg (as Rich Topol)
Danny Burstein ... Max Messner
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Walter Semmelweis
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Greenberg
Eli Gelb ... David
Bryan Burton ... Ben
Susan Varon ... Mrs. Davidovich
Linda Emond ... Esther Messner
Betsy Hogg ... Sophomore Girl
Philip Ettinger ... Ron Foxman
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Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl. Written by THR

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Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

11 August 2016 (Slovenia) See more »

Also Known As:

Indignation See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$93,125, 31 July 2016

Gross USA:

$3,401,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,924,527
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Color:

Color

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the college is a tribute to Sherwood Anderson's classic collection of interconnected short stories, "Winesburg, Ohio." See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 1951. Towards the beginning of the film, just after young Greenberg's funeral, a group of school friends are seen with a large, black sedan in the background. It's a 1955 Cadillac. See more »

Quotes

Marcus Messner: I don't care what it suggests, Dean Caldwell, I will not be condemned on the basis of no evidence.
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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #45.10 (2016) See more »

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Chee Lai (March of the Volunteers)
Written by Nyi Erh, Arranged by Edward S. Breck
Published Carl Fischer, LLC
Performed by Paul Robeson
Courtesy of Robeson Family Trust
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Roth, intelligent storytelling and an amazing character actor
30 August 2016 | by johngriffin0928See all my reviews

I was on the road researching a book on Texas barbecue when I read Philip Roth's novel, Indignation. I had managed to shelve it away in my brain until I saw a movie of the same title playing at a second-run movie house near me. Could it be? Yes, it was the same story. Better than it, the sleek yet powerful prose made its way onto the screen with its integrity intact. And you know what? A crowd of about 30 of us sat rapt for 110 minutes. Nobody talked until the credits rolled, but everybody laughed at the appropriate moments and there were even a few well-placed gasps of surprise. A good story, an intelligent script and a fine cast will work that magic. Give yourself an evening to find out.

The cast is so perfect that I have to single out one performer as an example of the great work provided by all. Danny Burstein plays a father so proud of his own son and so worried by his son's future in an uncertain world marked by war that he seems to be descending into madness. The actor is harrowing to watch because you can feel all the love that burns inside of him and that he just can't bring himself to express properly. Maybe it would not be manly or maybe he doesn't know the right words or maybe he just doesn't think he needs to say anything directly. Yet we can feel his every fear, his mixture of hope and despair, his pride, his love, his frustration. Wow.


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