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The Lizard (2004)
"Marmoulak" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 February 2005 (USA)
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A recently jailed petty thief disguises like a religious and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in a religious' role more than he expected.

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Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ...
Reza Marmoulak
Bahram Ibrahimi
Shahrokh Foroutanian ...
Hajji Reza Ahmadi
Farideh Sepah Mansour ...
Motazedi's Mother
Maedeh Tahmasebi ...
Ozra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ali Abedini
Rana Azadvar ...
Fayezeh
Bahram Ebrahimi ...
Mojaver
Cyrus Hemati ...
Mojtaba
Mehran Rajabi ...
Shojaei
Soheyla Razavi ...
Fayezeh's Mother
Sepehr Rezanoor ...
The boy
Reza Saeedi ...
Atef
Naqi Seif-Jamali ...
Mr. Fazli
Hossein Soleimani ...
Gholamali
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Reza is a petty thief who escapes jail by posing as a mullah. When he has to stay in disguise longer than he expected, he accidentally becomes the revered leader of a small-town mosque, bringing people flooding in with his on the hoof sermons featuring sexual innuendo and references to 'brother' Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Written by Michael Hayden (2004 London Film Festival)

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Broke Iranian box-office record although it was only in theaters for two weeks. See more »

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Reza Marmoulak: God is easy going and the heaviest dude in forgiving ,The heaviest dude in friendship.
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Excellent movie! Hilarious and powerful.
30 August 2004 | by (Connecticut, USA) – See all my reviews

I had the chance of watching this excellent movie yesterday at the Montreal World Film Festival. This is the second Iranian film that I've seen (the first was 'Taste of Cherry') and I'm enchanted.

This is the story of a thief who has an extraordinary agility at climbing walls just like a lizard (Marmoulak), his escape from prison, and his redemption. To hide his identity, he becomes a mullah (Muslim religious scholar) and improvises as best as he can. The dialogs on theology and Muslim daily life are funny, yet very powerful. This excellent movie is not only a slap to the ruling clergy in Iran, but also a slap to religious fundamentalism of any faith.

The acting is very good. The 'Mullah' role is performed beautifully and the Lizard gives the Mullah the right dose of authority and charisma while remaining a very down-to-earth person. I enjoyed every minute. This is a movie that I'll be delighted to watch again.

Highly recommended. 9/10


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