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Indignation (2016)

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In 1951, Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey, attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War.

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James Schamus

Writers:

Philip Roth (based on the novel by), James Schamus (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tijuana Ricks ... Old Age Home Nurse
Sue Dahlman ... Older Olivia
Jason Jiang ... Yu Yuan
Logan Lerman ... Marcus Messner
Avy Eschenasy Avy Eschenasy ... Rabbi
Richard Topol ... Mo Greenberg (as Rich Topol)
Danny Burstein ... Max Messner
Walter Bernstein Walter Bernstein ... Walter Semmelweis
Joanne Baron ... Mrs. Greenberg
Eli Gelb ... David
Bryan Burton ... Ben
Susan Varon ... Mrs. Davidovich
Linda Emond ... Esther Messner
Betsy Hogg ... Sophomore Girl
Philip Ettinger ... Ron Foxman
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Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl. Written by THR

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Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

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Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 August 2016 (Slovenia) See more »

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Indignación See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$93,125, 31 July 2016

Gross USA:

$3,401,155

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,924,527
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2.00 : 1
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The name of the college is a tribute to Sherwood Anderson's classic collection of interconnected short stories, "Winesburg, Ohio." See more »

Goofs

Olivia makes reference to a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin when she says "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch." Franklin most likely never said this. This quote does not appear in any of Franklin's writings and the word "lunch" did not enter the English vernacular until the 1820s; decades after his death. See more »

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Marcus Messner: I don't care what it suggests, Dean Caldwell, I will not be condemned on the basis of no evidence.
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Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 - Finale: Allegro con fuoco
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Jim Long
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation and Point Classics
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Entry into the genius of the mind of Philip Roth
25 November 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

James Schamus adapted Philip Roth's novel INDIGNATION for the screen and directed it: the result is a slice out of the past with all the innuendos and social commentary and Americana of the 1950s intact. The film retains the flavor of Roth's writing who is said to have stated 'This will come as a great shock to young people, but in 1951 you could make it through college unscathed by oral sex.' That is but one island of realism that this film addresses and when coupled with all the myriad instances of living life in college in the time of the Korean war, the result is a firm reminder of the Edward R. Morrow television series 'You Are There'.

Set in 1951, the story follows academically gifted Marcus Messner (a brilliant Logan Lerman), the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher Max (Danny Burstein) from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at Winesburg, a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration's Dean (Tracy Letts), grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after the beautiful but troubled girl Olivia Hutton (Sarah Gadon). Marcus separates from his assigned fellow Jewish roommates, declines an invitation to be in a Jewish fraternity, has a sensitive confrontation with the school Dean over Marcus' atheism and his loathing mandatory attendance in chapel. He finally has a date with Olivia who surprises the virgin Marcus with a car seat fellatio and that act sets into motion the cultural disaffection not only at college but also with his parents: his mother (Linda Emond) visits Markus in Ohio, meets Olivia, and shares with Markus that she loathes husband Max and is in the process of divorce. Markus' humanity shines through and he persuades his mother to not divorce, an agreement reached only if Markus will never see Olivia again.

The actors assembled are all accomplished and find that core of Philip Roth's view of the world so sensitively that this is far above being just a period piece. The musical score by Jay Wadley adds flavor of the times. The ending of the film is gut wrenching on many levels and to say more would spoil the film. This is a fine adaptation of Philip Roth's style. It is immensely successful.


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