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Desperado Square (2001)
"Kikar Ha-Halomot" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  10 May 2001 (Israel)
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In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon's death is approaching, and his youngest son, Nissim has had a dream in which his father orders ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Shiloach ...
Yisrael 'the Indian'
Yona Elian ...
Seniora Mandabon
Avram Mandabon (as Mohammed Bakri)
Uri Gavriel ...
Aron 'Gabardine'
Nir Levy ...
Nissim Mandabon
Sharon Raginiano ...
George Mandabon
Uri Klauzner ...
'Jellyfish' David (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
Gila the waitress
Tamara Dayan ...
Plump Sara
Yonatan Dani ...
Baruch Sasson ...
Y.R. Morad ...
Shlomi Saranga ...
Yudakis the singer
Zvi Marco ...
Shlomo 'Pyramid'
Tzion Kedem ...
Moshe 'the dealer'


In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon's death is approaching, and his youngest son, Nissim has had a dream in which his father orders him to re-open the old neighborhood movie theater, thus breaking the vow that Morris had made years before never to screen movies again. Nissim and his brother George, together with Aharon Gabardine, who was the projectionist back in the old days, are determined to fulfill Morris' request. The same day Nissim has his dream, Avram Mandabon, Morris' brother, returns for his brother's memorial after a 25-year absence. His reappearance causes old family feuds to resurface. Seniora Mandabon, late Morris' wife, won't even speak to Avram. Following the advice of Yisrael "the Indian", considered the neighborhood authority on films, the brothers decide to screen the Indian-made local hit from years before, "Sangam", to which Seniora objects ("Nobody cares to watch old Indian movies!") and tries to convince ... Written by YosefG

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unexpected delight!
28 January 2013 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I'd never heard of this film until it was shown on TV just now, and I can't imagine myself caring about an old Bollywood film, which is the real "star" of this flick. As a European (Ashkenazi) immigrant, I found some of the dialog / dialect a little hard to follow, but I've read my share of Dudu Busi novels, so I know a thing or two about ha-Argazim, the neighborhood where *kikar haChalomot* / Desperado Square takes place, and I was charmed. Plus the added bonus of Mohammed Bakhri. Interesting how the screenplay lets him off the hook from reciting the Kaddish! No one can replicate that scarface's Clint Eastwood-like demeanor. Colorful, feel-good story of decades-old oaths, alliances, and camaraderie in a low-income yet close-knit community. A gem.

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