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6 June 1986 (USA) See more »
While working in a kibbutz (an Israeli voluntary farming collective community), a tourist and a female worker fall in love. However, he can't stay and she can't leave her work. Will love triumph? | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Joanna Pacula ... Gila

Sam Robards ... Mike

Todd Graff ... Rothwell T. Schwartz

Kevin McNally ... Pete
Selina Cadell ... Carrie
Bernard Strother ... Dave
Ewan Stewart ... Angus
Kate Ingram ... Grace
Libby Morris ... Mrs. Schwartz
Gary Cady ... Steve
Sawally Srinonton ... Yoshiko
Naomi Rosenberg ... Finnish twin
Schuli Rosenberg ... Finnish twin
Zafrir Kochanovsky ... Menachem
Poly Reshef ... Ami (as Poli Reshef)
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira ... Dobush (as Yaacov Ben Sira)
Shlomo Tarshish ... Reuven
Esti Katz ... Rivka
Aharon Greener ... Asher
Peter Friestadt ... Gila's father
Sara Aman ... Gila's mother
Irit Frank ... Nurse
Bernard Spear ... Mr. Schwartz
Juliano Mer-Khamis ... Hassan (terrorist) (as Juliano Mer)
David Menachem ... Aziz (terrorist)
Rita Shukrun ... Faiza (terrorist)
Menachem Bar'am ... Gen. Ashman
Ze'ev Shimshoni ... Sergeant (as Zeev Shimshoni)
Avi Keidar ... First MP
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark English ... Terrorist / Soldier

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Kember  play "Not Quite Jerusalem"
Paul Kember  screenplay

Produced by
William P. Cartlidge .... producer
Lewis Gilbert .... producer
Herbert L. Oakes .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gian Piero Reverberi 
Rondo Veneziano 
Cinematography by
Tony Imi 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
Production Design by
John Stoll 
Makeup Department
Christine Allsopp .... chief make-up artist
Production Management
Patricia Carr .... production manager
Art Department
Ze'ev Aloni .... art department
Miki Zachar .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Graham Harris .... dialogue editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Zvika Aloni .... special effects assistant
Pini Klavir .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ira Brenner .... director of photography: second unit
Tony White .... camera operator
Micky Wilson .... gaffer
Other crew
Marilyn Clarke .... script supervisor
Gail Samuelson .... production coordinator

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114 min | USA:106 min
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Debut theatrical feature film of actress Selina Cadell and actors Todd Graff and Bernard Strother.See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Sweet 80's lovestory, 4 June 2001
Author: steve allen ( from Southampton, England

Lovely little relatively unknown 80's movie portraying life on a kibbutz from the foreign (non-Israeli) point of view. Its not all Club Med 18-30 fun and happiness for the volunteers from England, USA, Japan etc, as they discover that life on the kibbutz and in Israel isn't quite what they expected, and its only a temporary escapism from life at home, as home tends to creep up on you when you least expect it.

A sweet, rather slow paced romantic love story, won't tax the brain very much, but will leave you smiling and fulfilled.

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