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The Infidel (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 June 2010 (Ireland)
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An identity crisis comedy centred on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he's adopted - and Jewish.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Tariq
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Mahmud Nasir
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Leah Fatania ...
Nabi Nasir
Stuart Antony ...
Drummer
Scott Walters ...
Delivery Guy
Mina Anwar ...
Muna
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Uzma
Ravin J. Ganatra ...
Fahad (as Ravin Ganatra)
Christian Lees ...
Bar Mitzvah Twin Louis
Jonah Lees ...
Bar Mitzah Twin Sammi
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Based in a London suburb Mahmud Nasir lives with his pretty wife, Saamiya, and two children, Rashid and Nabi. His son plans to marry Uzma, the step-daughter of Egyptian-born Arshad Al-Masri, a so-called 'Hate Cleric' from Waziristan, Pakistan. Mahmud, who is not exactly a devout Muslim, he drinks alcohol, and does not pray five times, but does agree that he will appease Arshad, without whose approval the marriage cannot take place. Shortly thereafter Mahmud, while going over his recently deceased mother's documents, will find out that he was adopted, his birth parents were Jewish, and his name is actually Solly Shimshillewitz. He conceals this information from his family, and with the help of his neighbor, Leonard Goldberg, tries to understand the Jews, their religion and even locates his birth-father, who is on his death-bed in a nursing home. Mahmud does not know that Arshad has been checking into his background, has videotaped him setting fire to a Jewish cap during a protest, and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Is It a Muslim? Is It a Jew? No! It's...

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£135,448 (UK) (9 April 2010)

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£320,205 (UK) (16 April 2010)
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David Baddiel:  The movie's writer can be seen on the TV show The Wright Stuff (2000), which Mahmud watches. See more »

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After Mahmud sees that Lenny has parked his taxi cab on his parking cones, he begins to walk over to Lenny's house to confront him about it. On the way, he walks past a car and the camera crew is reflected in its side. See more »

Quotes

[Lenny has parked his cab in Mahmud's reserved space]
Mahmud Nasir: You've got a real fucking nerve...
Lenny Goldberg: I know I should never have rubbed that fuckin' lamp.
Mahmud Nasir: [Surprised] You American?
Lenny Goldberg: [In Cockney accent] Nah, I'm a... I'm a Cockney sparrow.
Mahmud Nasir: Come on, move your cab.
Lenny Goldberg: Beg your pardon? What happened to that famed Islamic politeness?
Mahmud Nasir: You saw the space was marked! Move your fucking cab!
Lenny Goldberg: Look, pal, I've lived here for fifteen years. I'll park wherever I wanna park!
Mahmud Nasir: Just move it up a bit further up the road, alright!
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Hilariously Original!!
12 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had me laughing right from the start! It's set around a Muslim man who doesn't care too much about religion until he finds out he's adopted.. and Jewish.

Omid Djalili gave an unsurprising great comedic delivery. He was so convincing as the typical Muslim man who doesn't pray all the time, fast every single day of Ramadan, or always abstain from alcohol. Yet he finds a reason to form a closeness with religion after he finds out shocking and upsetting news that he was born Jewish.

Every single scene in this movie will have you laughing in tears at the ridiculousness of the culture people have created in regards to religion. The plot is a little bit more complex but I don't want to give away too much. If you're Muslim or Jewish, you should definitely watch this movie because I know you'll love this film and want to recommend it to all your friends and family.


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