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Mabrouk El Mechri
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Zohan Dvir works as a Special Agent and lives with his orthodox parents in Israel. He wants to give up this life full of dangerous encounters with Palestinians. While in the process of apprehending a Palestinian activist known simply as the Phantom, he fakes his death, hides in a dog-kennel on a plane bound for New York, and decides to try his hand as a hair-stylist. He is refused employment initially, but when he offers to work for free, Dahlia hires him as a cleaner. When a hair-stylist named Debbie quits, Zohan replaces her, winning over elderly female clientèle, and falling in love with Dahlia herself. Before Zohan could propose to her, Dahlia's landlord, Walbridge, who has been raising rents regularly, hires skinhead goons to terrorize the neighborhood, creates misunderstandings between Jews, Muslims, Arabs, and Palestinians, and drives them out, so as to enable him to construct a new building which is topped by a roller coaster. When Zohan decides to confront these skinheads, he... Written by
Most of the guns used by the Zohan and the terrorists in the film are weapons manufactured by Israeli Military Industries (such as the Uzi submachine gun, Galil assault rifle, and the Jericho 941 and Desert Eagle handguns). See more »
The headband of the Phantom has the word Phantom written on it in Arabic. In the early scenes, the letters are not connected, whereas later on they are. (All Arabic words when written are connected - if not it is just a collection of letters that mean nothing.) See more »
The Hampsterdance Song
Written by Rob Deboer (as Robert DeBoer), Tony Grace (as Anthony Grace) and Roger Miller
Performed by 'Hampton The Hampster'
Courtesy of Koch Records
By Arrangement with Shelly Bay Music See more »
This is, at the same time, both one of the worst and one of the best pictures I've ever seen. It is vulgar, violent and tasteless. It also is very funny, very clever and very good satire. To give it a nine or give it a one... Decisions, decisions, decisions... I split the difference with a four. The movie probably manages to offend Palestinians and Israels equally. The language is offensive. The physical action with its almost juvenile concentration below the waist is disgusting. About the only routine they didn't use was igniting farts. But. It's still funny. And it dares to have some fun with the definitely unfunny situation in the middle east. It's worth a look. You'll either love it or hate it. Or, as in my case, both.
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