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:
Mahmud Nasir
Leah Fatania ...
Nabi Nasir
Scott Walters ...
Delivery Guy
Ravin J. Ganatra ...
Fahad (as Ravin Ganatra)
Bar Mitzvah Twin Louis
Bar Mitzah Twin Sammi


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 (

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


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Release Date:

4 June 2010 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Alles koscher!  »

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£135,448 (UK) (9 April 2010)


£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 »


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 »


Mahmud Nasir: That, uh, David Schwimmer. He's, uh, Jewish, isn't he?
Wasif: He's got enough money to be, boss.
Mahmud Nasir: Yeah, that's it, Wasif. Yeah, you're right. Rich Jewish wankers.
Wasif: They're all Jews on American TV. The whole country's run by Jews. It's basically the United States of Israel.
Mahmud Nasir: Exactly. Yeah. Yeah, bloody Jews.
Sharif: And what about all that? People of the book, aren't they?
Wasif: People of the chequebook more like.
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References Seinfeld (1989) See more »


This Confusion
Lyrics by David Baddiel
Music by Erran Baron Cohen
Performed by Jules Brookes
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Excellent story, intelligent and sensitive acting, and absolutely hilarious
4 September 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I rented The Infidel about 3 hours ago on pay-per-view being expecting a good but misfiring comedy about Jews and Muslims with some fairly obvious humour. However the as ever excellent Omid Jahlili (apologies for any misspellings), and Richard Schiff were the 'odd couple' of this really charming and heart-felt tale which was at times heart-stoppingly funny largely because of the deadpan delivery and wry observational comedy of the two principles. Richard Schiff teachng Omid to say 'oy' before moving on to 'vey' was so funny, but the real heart of the film was the telling of how fragile the racism of religion is and how based it is on misunderstanding, grandstanding, ego and attempting to 'secure the place in one's own community'. If it has a message it's that everyone is prey to their own culture's prejudices even when those prejudices are based on sometimes almost commicaly absurd rubbish,. A true classic. And a perfect selection of leading men.

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