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The Suitors (1988)

Iranian businessman Haji returns to Manhattan with his new bride, Mariyam. Haji's friends plan a feast to celebrate the marriage in the traditional style, which includes a slaughtered lamb.... See full summary »

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Pouran Esrafily ...
Mariyam
Ali Azizian ...
Ali
Shahab Navab ...
Reza
Assurbanipal Babila ...
Haji
Manuchehr Harsini ...
Mohammed
Bahman Soltani ...
Ghasem
Mariyam Touzi ...
Mrs. Amin
Leila Ebtehadj ...
Zari
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Mr. Amin
Sean O'Sullivan ...
Superintendent
John Paul Daniels ...
SWAT Lieutenant
Ted Zurkowski ...
Immigration Officer
Pat Keppert ...
Lawyer
Robert Archer ...
SWAT Team Member
Pascal Druant ...
SWAT Team Member
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Iranian businessman Haji returns to Manhattan with his new bride, Mariyam. Haji's friends plan a feast to celebrate the marriage in the traditional style, which includes a slaughtered lamb. Lamb's blood from the messy ritual dripping into the apartment below causes a suspicious neighbor to call the police. When Haji is killed in the ensuing police intervention, the widow Mariyam is wooed by Haji's friends. Sensing Mariyam's reluctance, Mohammed acts quickly to propose marriage with tragi-comedic consequences. Written by Kevin Kraynak <kevin@kraynakk.com>

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17 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Die Freier  »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Well worth watching--entertaining and thoughtful
30 January 2013 | by (Annapolis, MD) – See all my reviews

It has been over a decade since I saw this film, but I have seen it at least 2 times since it was in the theaters. It begins with a comic/tragic death within the NY city Iranian community. The film shows the young widow trying to experience NY and American culture, but trapped by her lack of English, the confines of the Iranian expat community, and by her Iranian village mentality. This film does not fit into one of our usual plots (coming of age, journey to wisdom, romantic comedy, issue drama, action), but I found it had great, darkly comic moments, a great insight into an interesting subculture, and a tragic heroine worth comparing to Euripides' Medea. Like Medea, we understand her tragic situation. We also do not approve of her choices.


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