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Te'alat Blaumilch (1969)

 |  Comedy  |  10 November 1970 (USA)
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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
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Gabi Amrani ...
Police Officer
Yona Atlas
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...
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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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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 »

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A real gem!
12 May 2005 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

With a tiny budget, Kishon and his superb cast, manage to pull off a mammoth task.

A lunatic on the loose, obsessed with diggers, steals one and starts digging in the middle of a main Tel-Aviv road. The authorities, in the midst of an election campaign, ever suspicious of each other, need to explain the resulting chaos.

Although everything in this this film is great, from the acting to the set (a fantastic duplicate of central Tel-Aviv in the sixties), the real treasure of it is the storyline - without a shred of doubt, one of the best ever written! Complexed, and yet so easy to follow, Kishon had written a masterpiece of a satire! If this film is ever to be made in English, it would become a huge success, 'The Full Monty' style - guaranteed! And if you happen to be a film producer looking for a break, perhaps you should take note of that and get hold of a copy!


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