An embittered gang leader seeks the respect of his neighbors and the love of a young woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Etti Grotes ...
Yehuda Efroni ...
Mr. Feldman
Gita Luka ...
Mrs. Feldman
Misha Asherov ...
Abraham Ronai ...
Mr. Spiegel (as Yaacov Ben-Sira)
Gabi Ohad ...
Mrs. Spiegel
Chaim Banai ...
Mr. Shimon
Geula Yeffet ...
Mrs. Shimon
Yaacov Timan ...
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An adaptation of a popular Israeli stage musical. Kazablan is an army veteran turned gang leader in the Israeli port of Jaffa who masks his feelings of bitterness with a lot of bravado. He's sweet on Rachel, a young woman who lives with her father and stepmother. The budding relationship scandalizes the neighbors (not to mention Rachel's parents) and infuriates Yanush, a middle-aged shoe store owner who wants Rachel for himself. (Yanush feels he's entitled to marry Rachel since they're both Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern European origins, whereas Kazablan is a Sephardic Jew from Morocco.) The neighborhood has something else to worry about besides the antics of Kazablan and his gang: the city wants to tear down their crumbling homes. The residents pool their resources to save their houses, but the money that's collected is stolen. When he's jailed for the theft, Kazablan must find a way to clear himself. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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Take the best of "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof" - add a modern love story - and you have MGM's great new musical




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1973 (Israel)  »

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Kazablan  »

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Yehoram Gaon reprises his roll from the original 1966 stage musical. See more »


Referenced in Eretz Nehederet: Episode #9.3 (2012) See more »


Lyrics by Haim Hefer
Music by Dov Seltzer
Performed by Yehoram Gaon
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3 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies. It has great nostalgic appeal since I first saw it in Israel in the 1970's, in the original Hebrew. It is full of colorful characters, singing and dancing, and scenery of parts of Israel (Jaffa, Jerusalem). It is a love story. It deals with real issues in the lives of Israelis in the 1970's and is also funny, totally kitschy, and quotable. Kazablan is great fun to watch if you don't take it seriously. Kazablan (released in 1974) is considered to be in the genre of Israeli films known as "Bourekas" films that is made up of comic melodramas about Israeli life. Bourekas films tend to be escapist and make fun of poverty and the problems between the various ethnic groups of Jews in Israel. Bourekas is a favorite dish of middle eastern cuisine, so the name is a play on "spaghetti" westerns.

Yehoram Gaon is adorable and such a gifted singer, watch it just for him.

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