A slapstick comedy lampooning bureaucracy and the madness of everyday life in Israel centers on an escaped lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel-Aviv with a drill.

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Credited cast:
Bomba Tzur ...
Blaumilch
Nissim Azikri ...
Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman ...
Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
Avner Hizkiyahu ...
Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
Oded Teomi ...
Dentist
Rina Ganor ...
Seine Frau
Zaharira Harifai ...
Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli ...
Deborah Zuckerman
Aviva Paz ...
Secretary
Gideon Singer ...
Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
Mosko Alkalai ...
Zelig Schultheiss
Albert Cohen ...
Dr. Gilad
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabi Amrani ...
Police Officer
Yona Atlas
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...
Foreman
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A madman escapes from the asylum in Tel-Aviv, and starts digging a canal right in the middle of one of the main streets. Due to the bureaucratic mess in the city administration, not only does nobody try to stop him, he actually receives the help of the police, the city engineer, etc. The one city clerk who finds out what is really going on is, of course, declared insane... Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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10 November 1970 (USA)  »

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Writer / Director Ephraim Kishon, can be glimpsed during the traffic jam scene in the beginning of the movie, as the nervous driver shouting in the red car. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the first credit sequence: "The plot and characters in this film are totally fictional. We Hope..." See more »

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Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

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Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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One of the best satires made
19 June 2004 | by (Haifa, Israel) – See all my reviews

Kishon is amazing. This is jewel in the Israeli satire against bureaucracy, way of life, historical heritage and the 60's in Israel. It is hysterically funny. A must see for every movie loving person. The story is about a madman which starts to dig a hole, and since bureaucracy and political rivals kick in, they take the charge for digging s hole in the most busiest street in Tel Aviv. Of course after everyone does not take the blame for it, after creating a venetian tunnel of of the street, everyone take responsibility for their own "life achievement" Thank you, Kishon, for making this movie!


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