‘The Jazz Singer’ (1980)
The original “The Jazz Singer” from 1927 was remarkable for two reasons. The first is that it was the first feature-length film with talking. The second is Al Jolson. This remake featuring Neil Diamond has neither of those factors going for it, and little else. Diamond is his usual polarizing self in the movie, which explains how he earned both a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor and a Golden Raspberry nomination for worst (he won the latter). The movie’s best achievement was its soundtrack, which sold multiple millions of copies and remains Diamond’s most successful album. Beyond that, as Roger Ebert wrote, “’The Jazz Singer’ has so many things wrong with it that a review threatens to become a list.”-Xfinity Entertainment Programmers
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