Camp Stories

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Camp Stories
Promotional poster
Directed by Herbert Beigel
Produced by Scott Macaulay
Written by Herbert Beigel
Starring Elliott Gould
Jerry Stiller
Jason Biggs
Music by Evan Beigel
Roy Nathanson
Cinematography Paul Gibson
Edited by Meg Reticker
Forensic Films
Distributed by Artistic License
Release date
April 18, 1997 (1997-04-18)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States

Camp Stories is an independent comedy film, written and directed by Herbert Beigel that takes a comic look at a Jewish summer camp in the 1950s. The film was released on April 18, 1997 in the United States

Plot synopsis[edit]

In the summer of 1958, 15-year-old David Katz is constantly defying authority figures at the Orthodox Jewish summer camp he is enrolled in. He especially riles the paranoid camp counsellor Chaim (Marcoux) who believes David is having an affair with his wife. The adolescent antics continue with the boys arranging midnight rendezvous at the girls camp.[1]



The New York Times praised the film, asserting that it is "more honest than most 1950s nostalgia films in its portrayal of teen-age life." The newspaper continued; "the political jockeying among staff members to succeed the camp's ultraconservative founder, Schlomo (Jerry Stiller), mirrors the cultural conflicts just beginning to surface in America (and in Judaism), symbolized by the bubbling up of rock-and-roll." The reviewer also concluded that this "tender" film is "beautifully acted".[1]


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