Directed by Norman Jewison • 1971 • United States
Starring Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey
Tradition! Norman Jewison’s Academy Award–winning adaptation of the oft-revived Broadway hit is a joyous, lavishly mounted delight. In his career-defining role, Topol is iconic as Tevye, the philosophical Jewish milkman weathering changing customs, the romantic complications of his five daughters, and czarist pogroms in his turn-of-the-century Ukrainian shtetl. Everything—from the breathtaking Jerome Robbins choreography to the violin music of Isaac Stern—comes together in a big, boisterous feat of razzle-dazzle showmanship.