DVD - 2005
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Born to great wealth, the fiercely independent Julia devotes her life to political causes, fighting facism in the 1930's. While traveling in Europe, a friend of Julia's is swept into a dangerous world, smuggling money across hostile borders.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2005, c1977
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (117 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Apr 23, 2018

Directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1977 based on the memoir "Pentimento" by Lillian Hellman, this American drama depicts both the tragedy of Julia and friendship between Lilly and Julia.
Julia fought against the Nazis in the years prior to World War II.
Although nobody knows exactly what happened to Julia, it turns out to be a sad and tragic story.
Superb is the performance of Jane Fonda.

Apr 10, 2018

Great movie with a very good story. Keep yo on your toes until the end. Great performance of Jane Fonda and other actors. Worth it to watch.

Apr 01, 2018

When it comes to the likes of "Chick Flicks" - I'd confidently say that 1977's "Julia" rates as one from that particular genre that even men can enjoy. This well-crafted movie certainly does deliver some fine moments of storytelling.

This film's story faithfully traces the life-long relationship between real-life playwright Lillian Hellman (played by Jane Fonda) and her dear friend Julia, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy Jewish businessman who, in her twenties, turns her back on her privileged upbringing to staunchly follow her somewhat radical political ideals.

Set in the mid-1930s - Julia and her loyal comrades battle the fierce exigencies of a Nazi regime in war-torn Germany. Wishing desperately to help her friend, Hellman arrives in Germany from the USA and soon finds herself inadvertently drawn into Julia's extreme resistance movement, which immediately poses grave danger to all involved.

"Julia" was adapted for the screen from excerpts of Lillian Hellman's memoirs titled Pentimento. Screenwriter, Alvin Sargent, and actors, Jason Robards and Venessa Redgrave each won an Oscar for their contribution to the success of Julia. This film would feature Meryl Streep in her screen debut.

Feb 06, 2018

Beautiful film. Great cast Touching story. Don't let the negative reviews dissuade you - give it a try!

Apr 05, 2016

Fictional portrayal of Jane Fonda supposedly playing Lillian Hellmann as a spy during WW2 , yawn it never happened. Move on.

IClare May 13, 2013

Good performance by Jane Fonda. The beginning of the movie was slow but it got interesting when Lilian was tapped to smuggle the money to Julia and I was rooting for her not to get caught. I didn't feel that they developed the friendship between Julia and Lilian as well as they could have, not enough for me to feel the depth of their friendship. I was hoping Lilian found Lily in the end, but she didn't and the movie seemed to end abruptly.

Nov 19, 2012

A good performance by Jane Fonda but the movie was boring and slow moving, despite Vanessa Redgrave and the storyline.

Mar 27, 2012

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. It is based on the true story of Lillian Hellman and her friend, Julia. I happen to think it is probably the best acting Jane Fonda ever did. The story is suspenseful and totally engrossing.

Feb 02, 2012

This 1977 film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards but sadly is mostly forgotten today. I found it to be a gripping drama filled with suspense and emotion. Jane Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave give remarkable performances as the two leads. It is based on Lilian Helman's autobiographical book Pentimento. As an interesting aside, the story has been claimed to have been stolen by Helman from another woman. Regardless of the origin of the material, the film is fantastic and worth viewing.

Mar 27, 2011

Not a bad movie, worth checking out.


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Mar 18, 2012

Born to great wealth, the fiercely independent Julia devotes her life to political causes, fighting fascism in the 1930s. While traveling in Europe, Lillian Hellman, a dear friend to Julia, is approached by one of Julia's political acquaintances and is swept into a dangerous world, smuggling money across...
Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Rosemary Murphy, Maximilian Schell and Meryl Streep.

Mar 27, 2011

At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

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Mar 27, 2011

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Mar 27, 2011

Dottie: Way down deep he's very superficial.


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