Fiddler On The Roof

Theatrical Release: November 3, 1971
DVD Release: January 23, 2007
Fiddler On The Roof


Filmed on location in Eastern Europe, this beloved musical based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three. Director Norman Jewison chronicles the trials of Jewish peasant Tevye the milkman (Israeli actor Topol), humble father of three strong-willed daughters and husband to oft-objecting wife, Golde (Norma Crane), in pre-revolutionary Russia. Violinist Isaac Stern provides the haunting music of the fiddler.

Dove Review

This Academy-Award winning film is humorous and features fine performances, especially from the star Topol who plays Tevye the milkman. The film focuses on his difficult life as a poor man and his three daughters who fall in love with three men whom he wouldn’t have chosen for them. But does he let his daughters marry whom they wish? He has always believed in keeping balance by tradition, but soon some of the traditions are challenged. He also has the military to deal with, men who would be rid of the Jews once and for all.

In one of the many humorous moments in the film he is asked how the traditions got started and he replies, “How did they get started? I will tell you…I don’t know!” When one daughter complains that one former suitor was so old he had no hair, the mother replies, “You want hair? Marry a monkey!” The film is imaginative and still holds up well today, which reinforces its reputation as a classic. It has a little bit of everything including romance, great songs, action, humor and spirituality.

We are happy to award this classic film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. The fiddler is still on that roof…and this is still a great movie!

Content Description

Sex: Minor reference to a husband who didn't make love often.
Language: None
Violence: The military disrupts a wedding and burns some items including wedding gifts and they break glass and terrorize the people; in another part of town they start house fires; group of protesters are attacked by military and some die although it's not graphic; man and wife argue but they are devoted to each other.
Drugs: Several scenes of drinking wine and other drinks.
Nudity: None
Other: One character questions God on a few occasions, such as asking why his horse became lame just before the Sabbath. The same character is devoted to God but does tell God that even with His help the man is still poor and starving as he says. A few mature themes including romance and marriage; men spit.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Sholom Aleichem (book) Joseph Stein (play)
Director: Norman Jewison
Genre: Musical
Runtime: 181 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter