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Baruch Verthaim (english dialogue)
Amos Sefer (script)
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Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Asher Tzarfati ... Mike
Shmuel Wolf ... Komo
Lily Avidan ... Elizabeth (as Lilli Avidan)
Tzila Karney ... Françoise (as Tsilla Karny)
Fran Liberman-Avni ... Singer
Suzan Devor ... Singer

Directed by
Amos Sefer 
Writing credits
Baruch Verthaim (english dialogue) (as H.B. Wertheim)

Amos Sefer (script)

Produced by
Amatsia Hiuni .... producer
Amos Sefer .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Nachum Heiman 
Cinematography by
Ya'ackov Kallach  (as Jacob Kallach)
Film Editing by
Amos Sefer (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Kuli Sander 
Costume Design by
Tami Mor  (as Tami Morr)
Makeup Department
Daisy Goren .... makeup artist
Production Management
Moshe Berman .... assistant production manager
Avshalom Sela .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Stodel .... assistant director
Art Department
Moshe Blum .... construction coordinator
Moshe Flechter .... property master
Sound Department
Bambi Ben-Bassat .... sound
Stephan Daley .... studio recording
Hans-Walter Kramski .... sound effects editor (as Kramsky)
Zalman Nachtigal .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Batyar .... chief electrician
Sami Gratushka .... assistant camera
Samuel Levi .... key grip (as Shmuel Levi)
Ahron Nissim .... lighting technician (as Ahron 'Nitchko' Nissim)
Avshalom Sela .... still photographer
Yacob Shvili .... lighting technician
Avraham Leibman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Animation Department
Zeon Davush .... animator (as Zion Devush)
Editorial Department
Galiah Bukszpan .... assistant editor (as Galia Bukszpan)
Carmit Kokashvili .... assistant editor
Lea Noyman .... assistant editor
Music Department
Moshe Osherovitz .... composer: dance music
Other crew
Zeon Davush .... titles (as Zion Devush)
George Jessel .... presenter
Jay Koller .... public relations
Jeanette Nae .... script girl (as Jeannette Nae)
Doly Wolman .... production secretary (as Dolly Wolman)
Joseph Zilkha .... lab manager
Zohar Baram .... this film could not be made without the help of
Jackson of Eilat .... this film could not be made without the help of
Yosef Gal .... this film could not be made without the help of
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Ha-Trempist" - Israel (original title)
"The Hitch Hiker" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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95 min
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The film deliberately avoids specifying the locale, substituting "your country" and "you people" for Israel.See more »
Miscellaneous: The list of people and organizations without whom the film could not have been made mentions "The Port Autorities of Tel Aviv."See more »
Hippie:Man, how does it feel to be free at last?
American Hippie Mike:Man, I feel really turned on.
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Bizarre Doesn't Even Begn to Explain, 13 June 2015
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

An American Hippie in Israel (1972)

** (out of 4)

American hippie Mike (Asher Tzarfati), angered from what he saw in Vietnam, heads off to form a civilization where love and peace is everywhere. He ends up in Israel where he meets three fellow hippies and they head off to an island for fun times.

Here's another film that was pretty much forgotten to time but Grindhouse Releasing managed to save it and turn it into a surprising hit in the midnight circles. AN American HIPPIE IN ISRAEL isn't as crazy as some of the others film that the company has rescued but it's certainly a weird little film that's hard to explain. I'm going to guess that writer-director-producer Amos Sefer had big ideas about peace and happiness but the film manages to be a laugh riot at times with its silly dialogue before turning into a downright bizarre nightmare.

The biggest flaw with the film is certainly the screenplay, which doesn't seem to know what it wants to do because the majority of the running time just seems to be dialogue- free while the four characters walk around, smile, laugh, get naked and just wonder around without any purpose. Some of the scenes drag on to a point where you'll want to scream at the director to yell cut or for a producer to walk on camera and ask what the hell is going on. Just take a look at the sequence where the American, speaking English, and the Israeli, speaking Hebrew, argue because they can't understand one another. Several scenes just drag on to the point where they become annoying and aggravating.

The performances are pretty much what they are but I must say that Tzarfati was "good" to the point where he keeps you entertained. Shmuel Wolf, Lily Avidan and Tzila Karney play the three other hippies and all of them are at least interesting enough to keep you involved in their story. The dialogue gets some of the biggest laughs because it basically sounds like a non-hippie trying to write hippie dialogue. It's quite laughable at times and perhaps this is why so much of the film is dialogue-free; because what dialogue there is is pretty bad.

I'm not going to ruin the final fifteen-or-so minutes of the film but they're certainly crazy and makes very little sense. A lot of the laughs from midnight crowds probably happens to what the four "turn into" and there's no doubt that you could really rip the film a new one because of it but at the same time it's a pretty bleak vision. AN American HIPPIE IN ISRAEL isn't a masterpiece or a complete disaster. It's an interesting little film to say the least.

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