Joshua Then and Now

75
  • R
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1985
  • Running time: 119 min
Joshua Then and Now is a 1985 film and a TV mini-series, adapted by Mordecai Richler from his semi-autobiographical novel Joshua Then and Now. James Woods starred as the adult Joshua, Gabrielle Lazure as his wife, and Alan Arkin as Joshua's father. read more

Joshua Then and Now is a 1985 film and a TV mini-series, adapted by Mordecai Richler from his semi-autobiographical novel Joshua Then and Now. James Woods starred as the adult Joshua, Gabrielle Lazure as his wife, and Alan Arkin as Joshua's father. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff who had previously directed Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. The film depicts Joshua growing up in his Montreal neighborhood, and then his adventures as a modestly successful writer. He marries the "golden shiksa" of his dreams, but eventually everything around him crumbles and he must act quickly to recover it all. A comedic drama, the film moves quickly without lingering for long on any incident and tells a connected complete narrative. Alan Arkin is frequently noted in reviews for an outstanding performance. The cast included Michael Sarrazin as Kevin Hornby (Pauline's brother), Robert Joy as Colin Fraser (Pauline's first husband), Linda Sorenson as Esther Shapiro (Joshua's mother), Alan Scarfe as Jack Trimble, Ken Campbell as Sidney Murdoch, Kate Trotter as Jane Trimble, Alexander Knox as Senator Hornby, and Eric Kimmel as young Joshua. Filmed on location in Montreal, London, Brockville, and Ottawa. Rated R. It has been transcribed to VHS (1986) and DVD.

Original Release

09/05/1985

US Release

09/20/1985

Cast

James Woods Joshua Shapiro
Sam Stone Businessman
Gabrielle Lazure Pauline Shapiro / Pauline
Alan Arkin Reuben Shapiro / Reuben
Michael Sarrazin Kevin Hornby
Linda Sorensen Esther Shapiro
Alan Scarfe Jack Trimble
Ken Campbell Sidney Murdoch
Kate Trotter Jane Trimble
Alexander Knox Senator Hornby / Sen. Hornby
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ted Kotcheff

Writers

Mordecai Richler

Cast

James Woods Joshua Shapiro
Sam Stone Businessman
Gabrielle Lazure Pauline Shapiro / Pauline
Alan Arkin Reuben Shapiro / Reuben
Michael Sarrazin Kevin Hornby
Linda Sorensen Esther Shapiro
Alan Scarfe Jack Trimble
Ken Campbell Sidney Murdoch
Kate Trotter Jane Trimble
Alexander Knox Senator Hornby / Sen. Hornby
Eric Kimmel Young Joshua Shapiro
Chuck Shamata Seymour Kaplan
Robert Joy Colin Fraser / Colin
Harvey Atkin Dr. Jonathan Cole
Paul Hecht Eli Seligson
Andrew Powell Ralph Murdoch
Talya Rubin Susy Shapiro
Gordon Michael Woolvett Teddy Shapiro
Catherine Colvey Mrs. Abbott
Philip Pretten Mr. Friar

Producers

Editors

Ron Wisman

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