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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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Ha-Shoter Azulay
Lyrics by Ehud Manor
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Great comedy film from Israel.
1 August 2007 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Light hearted comedies are a rarity for Israelian cinema as most of the films are either too dramatic or gloomy.This is a good example of what a comedy film can be.All the credit for this film's success should go to Shaike Opir who plays the role of a kind hearted but clumsy policeman.He has a wife whom he loves a lot but as he has not been able to get a promotion there is less of love from her wife's side for him.This character is a man of all occasions and he has solutions for all kinds of problems such as doing interpretation in French language for a group of visiting French policemen or catching a famous criminal.This cop learns about friendship when he meets a young prostitute.Both of them come closer and learn a lot from each as they both have a lots to tell to each other. This film was directed by a great figure of Jewish culture Iprahim Keshon.This comedy is different from those by the likes of Marx brothers,Buster Keaton, Max Linder,Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy.


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