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Sidney Turtlebaum (2008)

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Sidney Turtlebaum is a bitter sweet comedy that tells the story of Sidney, an eccentric gay Jewish man in his seventies. To punish the world Sidney earns his living as a pickpocket and a ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Romy Baskerville Romy Baskerville ... Valerie
Lin Blakley Lin Blakley ... Brenda
Francesca Marie Claire Francesca Marie Claire ... Frankie
Cavan Clerkin ... Father
Rupert Evans ... Gabriel
Lily Howard Lily Howard ... Sidney's Sister
Tom Howard Tom Howard ... Young Sidney
Saul Issroff Saul Issroff ... Rabbi
Derek Jacobi ... Sidney Turtlebaum
Katie Lyons ... Mother
Margaret Stallard Margaret Stallard ... Elderly Woman


Sidney Turtlebaum is a bitter sweet comedy that tells the story of Sidney, an eccentric gay Jewish man in his seventies. To punish the world Sidney earns his living as a pickpocket and a conman - his chosen modus operandi is to gatecrash Shiva houses of mourning to steal from the gathered crowd. Written by Anonymous

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He crashes funerals and steals more than just the show


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Release Date:

3 November 2008 (UK) See more »

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Third Man Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Sidney Turtlebaum: Oh Gabriel, bloody wonderful. Before you met me this morning you probably had very little if anything at all to say for yourself... and now look at you! At last, at last... you have opinions!
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A great performance by Sir Derek Jacobi
24 March 2009 | by miguelmsantosSee all my reviews

I had the chance of catching a screening of this and absolutely loved it. I came out of the cinema with a smile on my face, having laughed a lot for most of this witty little black comedy and being taken slightly by surprise by the ending.

It's the story of a day in the life of Sidney Turtlebaum (Sir Derek Jacobi), an old Jewish man, a day he spends with a young man named Gabriel, taking him to Shiva houses (Jewish houses in mourning) around the Golders Green neighbourhood in London. There he proves himself to be a charming old man with a few secrets.

Both leads are great, in particular Sir Derek Jacobi, who plays Sidney in a very charming way, giving him humanity and surprising us as we learn more and more about this character. At 18min, I really wanted more!

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