Lies My Father Told Me

For the 1960 film, see Lies My Father Told Me (1960 film).
Lies My Father Told Me
Directed by Ján Kadár
Produced by Anthony Bedrich
Harry Gulkin
Written by Ted Allan
Starring Jeffrey Lynas
Yossi Yadin
Music by Sol Kaplan
Cinematography Paul Van der Linden
Árpád Makay
Edited by Edward Beyer
Richard Marks
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 26 September 1975 (1975-09-26) (Canada)
  • 12 October 1975 (1975-10-12) (USA)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)

Lies My Father Told Me is a 1975 Canadian film made in Montreal, Quebec. It was directed by Ján Kadár and stars Jeffrey Lynas as an orthodox Jewish boy growing up in 1920s Montreal.[1] The film received the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film in 1975.[2]

The original story was written by Ted Allan in 1949. Allan, a Jew from East End Montreal, was working at an advertising agency. David Rome, editor of the Canadian Jewish Congress Bulletin, asked him to write a story immediately. Allan thought up a story and submitted it to Rome within hours. It eventually became this Academy Award-nominated film and a novella.

Plot summary

The story tells of a six-year-old boy who would travel with his grandfather on an old horse-drawn cart through the alleyways in a Jewish ghetto of Montreal in the 1920s. The two called out to residents asking to collect their old junk (a rag-and-bone man). The boy's grandfather was religious but his father was not. Eventually the grandfather dies, as does his horse Ferdeleh, leaving the boy feeling bitter toward his secular father.



Academy Award nominee for Best Screenplay; Canadian Film Awards – Film of the Year, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Marilyn Lightstone), Sound; Golden Reel Award; Golden Globes – Best Foreign Film


  1. "In Search of 'Lies My Father Told Me'". The Forward. January 14, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2014.
  2. "Truth and Lies: A Q&A With Montreal Film Producer Harry Gulkin". The Forward. January 14, 2011. Retrieved July 4, 2014.

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