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The Policeman (1971)
"Ha-Shoter Azulai" (original title)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  October 1971 (USA)
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Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

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Shaike Ophir ...
Zaharira Harifai ...
Betty Azulai
Avner Hizkiyahu ...
Capt. Lefkowitch
Itzko Rachamimov ...
Senior Sgt. Bejerano
Joseph Shiloach ...
Amar
Nitza Shaul ...
Mimi
Gabi Amrani ...
The Yemenite
Arieh Itzhak ...
Zion
Abraham Celektar ...
Cactus
Efraim Stan ...
Horovitz
Arieh Elias ...
Albert
Ya'ackov Banai ...
Uncle Messiah (as Yakov Banai)
Hillel Ne'eman ...
Religious man
Yaakov Noy ...
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Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don't want to see him leave either... Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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Superb acting by Shaike Ophir
4 May 2004 | by (Tel-Aviv, ISRAEL) – See all my reviews

Constable Abraham Azulai, of the jaffa police department, is at the end of his contract, and hoping for a renewal and promotion, both of which which his superiors, frustrated by his incompetence, are determined not to grant him. Azulai's incompetence is not a result of lack of skill, but rather that of a soft heart and kindness. When he stops a driver for some kind of traffic violation, he writes him up, but its not the driver who ends up paying the fine but Azulai himself. Obviously, have such a cop around is very very good for the crime business, and once word gets around that they are about to retire Azulai, an emergency meeting of the jaffa criminals' "board of directors" is called. The "board" decides that keeping Azulai on the force is essential if they want their businesses to keep on thriving, and decide to stage a big-time robbery that will be carried out so clumsily that even Azuali will catch the robbers. The plan is carried out , however, even though they have to promote Azulai, they still do not renew his contract. Superb acting by Shaike Ophir, who gives an excellent interpretation to the character written by Efraim Kishon. Great movie THUMBS UP


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