Films: Norman Jewison

Moonstruck

  • 3 stars
  • 1987
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis.

Cher on Oscar-winning form as a dowdy young widow who agrees to marry a man she doesn't love in return for a secure future. When she meets his younger brother, it's love at first sight, and she is torn between the demands of head and heart. Meanwhile, other members of her close-knit family are thrown into similar turmoil…

…And Justice For All

  • 1979
  • US
  • 1h 59min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Jack Warden, John Forsythe

Pacino stars as a conflicted Baltimore defense lawyer who is asked to defend a judge he despises in a rape trial, or risk being disbarred.

Rollerball

  • 1975
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck, Moses Gunn, Ralph Richardson

Gritty, sweaty, bloody dystopian sci-fi flick in which rollerball star Jonathan E (Caan) learns that his sport exists to distract the masses from their awful lives – kind of Hunger Games but with grown men and rollerskates. Downbeat but powerful.

Fiddler on the Roof

  • 1971
  • 3h 1min
  • U
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey
  • UK release: 8 December 1971

In pre-revolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant is trying to marry off his three daughters. Meanwhile, a wave of anti-semitic feeling rumbles towards the village.

The Thomas Crown Affair

  • 3 stars
  • 1968
  • USA
  • 1h 37min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Written by: Alan Trustman
  • Cast: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Jack Weston

McQueen goes upmarket, playing a playboy billionaire who orchestrates a bank heist just for the fun of it and meets his match in the beautiful young investigator sent to catch him.

In the Heat of the Night

  • 1967
  • US
  • 1h 49min
  • 12
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Cast: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates

Jewison's five-time Oscar winner follows a black police detective, Virgil Tibbs (Poitier), as he investigates a murder in a racist Mississippi town, where he runs into resistance from Police Chief Bill Gillespie (Steiger).

The Cincinnati Kid

  • 4 stars
  • 1965
  • US
  • 1h 37min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Written by: Richard Jessup (novel), Ring Lardner Jr and Terry Southern (screenplay)
  • Cast: Steve McQueen, Edward G Robinson, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Joan Blondell, Rip Torn, Jack Weston, Cab Calloway

A poker-table thriller with McQueen oozing typical cool as the ladies (Weld and Ann-Margret) vie for his attentions.