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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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Rachel Apfel
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Jackie Solomon
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Mendel Gold
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Elka Gold
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Leon Zimmerman
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Ephraim
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Ruth Gold (as Hallie Eisenberg)
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Rebbe Horowitz
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Zeldy Lazar
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Mr. Maxim
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Andrew (The Goy) (as Charles Hewson)
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Ivan
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Israeli Gangster
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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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Caminhos Opostos  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$302,886 (USA) (20 August 2010)
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Trivia

The term "holy roller" doesn't have a French equivalent or logical translation, so the film was released in France with the English title "Jewish Connection." See more »

Goofs

The movie is supposed to be set in the late 90s, but the Freedom Tower (built on the 9/11 site and under construction) can be clearly seen in the skyline. See more »

Quotes

Andrew (The Goy): I never heard jews complain so much about making money... Jesus christ.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Hereafter (2010) See more »

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Written by Andre Allen Anjos (as André Allen Anjos)
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drug smuggling in unexpected settings
8 July 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Kevin Asch's "Holy Rollers" tells the story of a group of Hasidic Jews recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from the Netherlands to the United States. In addition to the main story, there's also a look into the Hasidic world. The main character Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg) is expected to marry a woman chosen for him, and he is shown to be afraid to touch a woman not chosen for him. The movie shows the Hasidim having a lifestyle very similar to the evangelical Christians. The look at Sam's life keeps the audience interested in him, but most of the characters aren't really developed enough. Even so, the movie mostly held my attention, both as a look at the drug smuggling story, and a look at the Hasidic culture. Worth seeing.


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