A poor milkman contends with his family problems as Russian authorities are forcing Jewish communitiers out of their villages.
As his five daughters find, or are found love, Tevye(Topol) discusses with himself almost every aspect of life.
The Matchmaker (Molly Picon) brings news of a match for one daughter, but Golde (Norma Crane) loves another.
Each of his daughters then make decisions but all may seem small and irrelevent as oppression looms on their own doorstep.
Such memorable songs and such a stunning set bring the stage play to the screen in style.
The precarious life lived had-to-mouth and under constant threat is counter-balanced well with some good humour and of course Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock’s musical numbers.
Things to look out for: “If I were a rich man”, “Matchmaker”, “Sunrise, Sunset”, Topol is believable and well cast, harrowing decision to leave, final scenes, Paul Michael Glaser as the excitable Perchik
Cast: Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann,
Rating: good songs, good story, highly recommended