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The Cow (1969)
"Gaav" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  December 1974 (USA)
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The whole village knows that Mashti Hassan loves his cow to death. One day he goes to the Tehran. His cow dies. The villagers are afraid of what might happen once Hassan finds out his cow is dead. What will happen when he finds out?

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Credited cast:
Ezzatolah Entezami ...
Masht Hassan
Mahin Shahabi ...
Hassans wife
Ali Nassirian ...
Islam
Jamshid Mashayekhi ...
Abbas
Firouz Behjat-Mohamadi
Jafar Vali ...
Kadkhoda
Khosrow Shojazadeh ...
Boy
Ezatallah Ramezanifar ...
Madman
Esmat Safavi ...
Old woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
Parviz Fanizadeh
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Masht Hassan owns the only cow in a remote and desolate village. He treats the cow as his own child. When he is away, his cow dies. Knowing the relationship between Masht Hassan and his cow, the villagers hastily dispose the corpse, and when Masht Hassan comes back, they tell him that his cow ran away. Masht Hassan is devastated, he starts to spend all his time in the barn, eating hay, and slowly believes that he is the cow. Written by Sam Tabibnia <samtab@uclink.berkeley.edu>

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Financed largely by the Shah's government, the producers were aghast at the finished film as they felt that it made Iran look like it was a completely backwards country. The film was only allowed to be released with a disclaimer attached stating that the events depicted happened long before the then existing regime. See more »

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