The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick
|The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick|
|Directed by||Allan A. Goldstein|
|Produced by||Richard Davis|
|Screenplay by||Phil Savath|
|Based on||The Outside Chance of Maximilian Glick|
by Morley Torgov
|Music by||Graeme Coleman|
|Edited by||Richard Martin|
|Distributed by||Southgate Entertainment|
The early 1960s: In preparation for his Bar Mitzvah, a Jewish boy from a small Manitoba community with an overbearing family tries to navigate his coming-of-age with his family's condescension and bigotry using his sarcastic Jewish humor. The town's rabbi dies, and a subplot develops in which Max's father and grandfather (synagogue leaders) are saddled with a traditional Hassidic rabbi who sticks out like a sore thumb among the otherwise assimilated Jewish community. To make matters more difficult, Max likes a Catholic girl, whom he later competes with in a piano competition. The quirky, fun-loving rabbi tries to help him with his problems, yet harbours a secret ambition of his own.
- Noam Zylberman - Maximilian Glick
- Jan Rubeš - Augustus Glick
- Susan Douglas Rubeš - Bryna Glick
- Sharon Corder - Sarah Glick
- Aaron Schwartz - Henry Glick
- Howard Jerome - Zelig Peikes
- Nigel Bennett - Derek Blackthorn
- Fairuza Balk - Celia Brzjinski
- Saul Rubinek - Rabbi Teitelman
Primary filming was done in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Beausejour, Manitoba in November and December 1987. Exterior filming was done in both locations, and many interior scenes were filmed in an abandoned apartment building in Winnipeg that had been renovated by the film crew with 1960s decor. When it was first discovered, the building had neither water nor heat, but the crew did such good renovation work that Winnipeg officials later decided to convert it into low cost housing once production was complete. Synagogue and piano competition scenes were filmed at the Baha'i Temple of Winnipeg.
Outdoor filming was hampered by a lack of snow in late 1987, and contingency plans were made to complete filming in early 1988 if snow did not appear during the original 25 day shooting schedule. Snow did finally appear in the final days of filming.
The film's budget was $2.4 million, and was produced in association with The National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Financing was provided by Telefilm Canada, Film B.C., and the Canada-Manitoba Cultural Industries Development Office. At the time, it was the largest feature film to be shot entirely in Manitoba, and production happened to occur during a period when Telefilm Canada was experiencing major financial difficulties. At one point during shooting, finances were so tight that producers had scheduled a meeting with cast and crew to announce a shutdown in filming until the following spring - but they were able to cancel the meeting hours later when the required funds were secured.
Awards and nominations
The film received nominations at the 1989 Genie Awards for
- Best Motion Picture
- Best Actor in a Leading Role (Saul Rubinek)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Susan Douglas Rubeš)
- Best Adapted Screenplay (Phil Savath)
- Best Costume Design (Charlotte Penner)
- National Film Board of Canada's web page for the film.
- Yellin, Susan (24 December 1987), "Young actor finds role hard work", The Vancouver Sun, p. G3
- Godfrey, Stephen (5 December 1987), "Glick clicks at last", The Globe and Mail, p. C1
- "The Great Un-White North", The Vancouver Sun, p. D2, 23 January 1988
- Andrews, Marke (16 January 1988), "They won against all odds", The Vancouver Sun, p. D1