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Holy Rollers (2010)

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In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel.

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Mendel Gold
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Leon Zimmerman
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Inspired by a true story of a young Hasidic man who was lured into the world of international drug trafficking in the late 90s. Written by Carter

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In 1998, 1 million ecstasy pills were smuggled into the USA by a group of Hasidic Jews.


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Rated R for drug content and language throughout, and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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23 December 2010 (Israel)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$39,685 (USA) (21 May 2010)

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$302,886 (USA) (20 August 2010)
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The title is an American colloquial expression that refers informally (and sometimes derogatorily) to Protestant sects whose worship meetings often include sessions of frenzied excitement (despite the Christian connotation of the term, this movie is about Jews). In addition to that connection, the title also is a reference to the other subject matter of the film, the illegal trafficking of the drug MDMA or "Ecstasy" ("rolling" is a slang term used to describe being high on Ecstasy). See more »

Goofs

In a scene between Sam and Rachel in an apartment there is a more recently designed bottle of Vitaminwater on a table bar top (tropical citrus flavor?). As a site note, Glacéau's brand of VitaminWater was not distributed until the early 2000's which puts the product a few years off from when the film was meant to be depicted. See more »

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The closing credits mention the ring was responsible for importing over a million "Ecstacy" pills (should be "Ecstasy") See more »


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Good movie thanks to Eisenberg's brilliant performance, above all
10 December 2012 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

This relatively short (1h 25min) movie is inspired by actual events in the 1990ies when Hasidic Jews were recruited as "mules" to smuggle ecstasy from Europe (mostly from The Netherlands) into the United States. The introductory part of the screenplay, however, is too long - I mean the events prior to smuggling process. On the other hand, the movie gives a good overview of customs and habits of Orthodox Jews - definitely interesting for non-Jews - and manners of recruiting people for illegal trafficking. The club scenes seem a bit lengthy though... Well done anyway, and the director Kevin Asch won the Breakthrough Director Award at the 2010 Gotham Awards.

Jesse Eisenberg gives his best performance so far - and so different from the one in Social Network, for which he has been praised higher. His interpretation of Sam/Schmuel Gold, a mild-manner 20-year old youngster gradually becoming a smuggling activist, is so convincing and at times funny - although there is always tough and troubled background visible. Justin Bartha, Ari Graynor and Danny Abeckaser are also worth mentioning, going with the atmosphere.

A recommendable movie - and a warning against involvement into illegal trafficking and drug use.


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