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4 June 2010 (Ireland) See more »
Is It a Muslim? Is It a Jew? No! It's...
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Igal Naor ... Arshad El-Masri

Stewart Scudamore ... Tariq

Omid Djalili ... Mahmud Nasir

James Floyd ... Gary Page

Archie Panjabi ... Saamiya Nasir
Leah Fatania ... Nabi Nasir
Stuart Antony ... Drummer
Scott Walters ... Delivery Guy

Mina Anwar ... Muna

Amit Shah ... Rashid Nasir

Soraya Radford ... Uzma
Ravin J. Ganatra ... Fahad (as Ravin Ganatra)

Christian Lees ... Bar Mitzvah Twin Louis

Jonah Lees ... Bar Mitzah Twin Sammi

Richard Schiff ... Lenny Goldberg

Miranda Hart ... Mrs. Keyes
Chris Wilson ... Security Guard (as Karl Wilson)
Niraj Naik ... Keyboard Player
Madison Cole ... Bass Player

Bhasker Patel ... Sharif

Sartaj Garewal ... Wasif
Rod Silvers ... Rahman

Michele Austin ... Zadie

Matt Lucas ... Rabbi
David Hawker ... Zimmerframe Man (as Captain David Hawker)
Max Rissman ... Russian Dancer on TV
Ricky Sekhon ... Hazeem

David Schneider ... Monty

Jonathan Tafler ... Monty's friend

Tracy Ann Oberman ... Julie (as Tracy-Ann Oberman)
Joanna Brookes ... Denise

Shobu Kapoor ... Kashmina

Paul Kaye ... Policeman #1
Jason Salkey ... Policeman #2
Ben Turner ... News Cameraman
Syreeta Kumar ... Yasmin Aktar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blum ... Gentleman in the Old House (uncredited)
Ray Donn ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Sian Doughty ... Demonstrator (uncredited)
Elizabeth Goram-Smith ... Teenager at Bar mitzvah (uncredited)
Eman Kazemi ... Handyman (uncredited)

Peter Pedrero ... Nasir Lookalike (uncredited)

Gayna Petit-Gittos ... Muslim Protester (uncredited)

Carl Robinson ... Protestor (uncredited)

Dennis Santucci ... Muslim Protester (uncredited)

Atul Sharma ... Muslim Cleric (uncredited)
Mick Slaney ... Chair Carrier (uncredited)

Samuel Victor ... Protester (uncredited)
Matthew Wright ... Himself - Wright Stuff Presenter (uncredited)

Directed by
Josh Appignanesi 
Writing credits
David Baddiel (written by)

Produced by
Jeremy Amias .... associate producer
Cavan Ash .... executive producer
David Baddiel .... producer
Arvind Ethan David .... producer
Omid Djalili .... executive producer
Uzma Hasan .... producer
Cindy Irving .... line producer
Stewart Le Marechal .... producer
Yoni Magid .... associate producer
Luke Montagu .... executive producer: Met Film (as Luke T. Montagu)
Shahin Sobhani .... associate producer
Original Music by
Erran Baron Cohen (original music by)
Cinematography by
Natasha Braier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kim Gaster 
Casting by
Julie Harkin 
Production Design by
Erik Rehl 
Art Direction by
Jamie MacWilliam 
Set Decoration by
Martina O'Loughlin 
Costume Design by
Marianne Agertoft 
Makeup Department
Sarita Allison .... make-up and hair designer
Emslie Mills .... makeup trainee
Gemma Richardson .... assistant hair stylist
Gemma Richardson .... assistant makeup artist
Farzana Saiyed .... hair stylist trainee
Farzana Saiyed .... makeup trainee
Production Management
Helen de Winter .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shea Bradley .... second assistant director
Henry Forsyth .... second assistant director
Joe Hornsey .... third assistant director
Ina Lüders .... first assistant director
Alejandro Sesma .... second second assistant director (as Alex Sesma)
Art Department
Guy Bevitt .... stand-by art director
Judith Fischer .... stand-by props
Ayshea Halliwell .... art department runner
Quentin Johns .... property master
Warren Lever .... construction manager (as Warren Lecer)
Noam Piper .... props assistant
Sound Department
Matt Atkinson .... boom operator
Anna Bertmark .... sound effects editor: Zound
Adam Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer: Point 1 Post
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer: Point 1 Post
Gareth Rhys Jones .... foley artist: Zound (as Gareth Jones)
Serkan Koseoglu .... foley recordist: Zound
Andrea Kurpjel .... sound facility manager
Srdjan Kurpjel .... sound re-recording mixer: Zound
Srdjan Kurpjel .... supervising dialogue editor: Zound
Dash Mason-Malik .... trainee sound technician
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Danton Tanimura .... sound effects editor: Zound
Burak Topalakci .... sound re-recording mixer: Zound
Sacha Walker .... dialogue editor
Sacha Walker .... sound effects editor
Mario Mooney .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Keith Silva .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
John Schoonraad .... Hook hand prosthesis for 'Abu Hamza' character
Visual Effects by
Martin Chamney .... digital artist: Nvizible
Paddy Eason .... visual effects supervisor: Nvizible
Elysia Greening .... digital artist: Nvizible
Dean Koonjul .... compositor: Nvizible
Hugh Macdonald .... digital artist: Nvizible
Natalie MacDonald .... digital artist: Nvizible
Matthew W.B. Plummer .... digital artist: Nvizible
Sally Spencer .... visual effects producer: Nvizible
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Allen .... additional electrician
David Bird .... camera trainee
Ian Coffey .... focus puller
Philip Coleman .... grip
Guille Garcia .... steadicam operator
Eloi Molí .... clapper loader: "b" camera (as Eloi Sánchez)
Eloi Molí .... focus puller: "b" camera (as Eloi Sánchez)
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer
Robert Pirouet .... camera operator: second unit
James Redfern .... electrician
Drew Slater .... best boy
Mitch Spooner .... gaffer
Ben Turner .... additional camera operator
Angelika Padberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Solomon Artistes .... extras casting
Emily Bray .... crowd casting assistant
Naila Mughal .... extras casting
Kevin Riddle .... casting associate
Brek Taylor .... crowd casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francesca Ackerson .... costume trainee
Kirsty Allen .... costume trainee
Nicky Barron .... costume supervisor
Katarina Borosova .... assistant costume designer
Kat Cappellazzi .... costume assistant (as Katarina Cappellazzi)
Rebecca McManus .... key costumer
Anna Sandler .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital intermediate technician: Molinare
Len Brown .... film consultant: Molinare
David Chapman .... assistant on-line editor: Met Film Post
Andrew Dearnley .... digital intermediate post-production manager: Molinare
Anya Dillon .... first assistant editor
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate technician: Molinare
Patrick Fischer .... post-production consultant: Met Film Post
Matt James .... digital intermediate film supervisor: Molinare
Anetta Jones .... production assistant: Met Film Post
Nicola Jones .... post-production coordinator: Met Film Post
Justin Lanchbury .... digital intermediate film consultant: Molinare
Caroline McNally .... post production assistant: Met Film Post
Emma McQuillen .... post-production technical assistant: Met Film Post
Russell Stopford .... post-production executive: Met Film Post
Tony Sebastian Ukpo .... second assistant editor (as Tony Upko)
Andrew Walton .... first assistant editor
Matthew Troughton .... digital intermediate colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Lynsey Cosford .... assistant location manager
Karen Smith .... location manager
Jeremy Stern .... location scout
Music Department
Christoph Bauschinger .... music mixer
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Yoyo Buys .... musician: electric bass/double bass
Erran Baron Cohen .... musician: piano/hammond organ/vocals
Stewart Curtis .... musician: clarinet
Chris Garrick .... musician: violin
Stephen Hussey .... parts preparation
Dave Ital .... musician: guitar
Igor Outkine .... musician: accordion
Yoyo Buys .... electric/double bass (uncredited)
Dave Ital .... guitar (uncredited)
Philip Pope .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Graham Kelly .... action vehicle coordinator
A. Lee Morris .... driver: camera truck (as Lee Morris)
David Nemar .... precision driver
Tiziano Niero .... driver
Gemma Pratt .... driver
Scott Walters .... facilities foreman
Ian Clarke .... picture vehicle technician (uncredited)
Other crew
Deborah Anderson .... production accountant
Vic Bankole .... security: AR Locations
Robert Bevan .... director: Salt Company
Nik Bower .... commercial manager: Ingenious Films
Gavin Charlton .... chef
Ian Clark .... technical stand by
Danny de Warren .... festivals researcher
Jake Edmonds .... health and safety advisor
Stephen Fuss .... commercial manager: Ingenious Films
Sam Girdler .... set production assistant: dailies
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Samantha Horley .... managing director: Salt Company
Jacob Swan Hyam .... set production assistant
Ellen Jones .... assistant: Arvind David
Jane Karen .... voice and dialect coach
James Kay .... legal services: Slingshot Studios, Olswangs
Sheerin Khosrowshahi-Miandoab .... trainee set production assistant
Jen Lambert .... unit nurse (as Jennifer Lambert)
Paul Ledington .... production accountant
Mikko Luukkanen .... assistant production accountant
Paul Manwaring .... production coordinator
Cyril Megret .... director: Salt Company
Christos Michaels .... legal services: Solly Film, Lee Thompson
Shazia Mirza .... script consultant
Carley Morrell .... head of operations: Revolver
Leigh Nicol .... script supervisor
Tiziano Niero .... set production assistant
James Norrie .... head of international sales: Salt Company
Nick Owers .... legal services: Slingshot Studios, Olswangs
Rhi Patel .... head of public relations: Revolver
Howard Payne .... unit nurse
Jonny Persey .... managing director: Met Film
Robert Pirouet .... epk director (as Rob Piouret)
Gemma Pratt .... set production assistant
Alice Russell .... diary manager: Mr. Baddiel
Harriet Sams .... producers asssistant
Nick Savva .... head of business affairs: Revolver
David Shear .... head of theatrical distribution: Revolver
Gemma Spector .... head of marketing: Revolver
Helen Swanwick-Thorpe .... assistant production coordinator
Alex Tanner .... epk producer
Stuart Thompson .... financial controller
Ssik Tingz .... body popping muna double
Dmitri Vigneswaren .... assistant: Mr Baddiel and Mr Djalili
Lesley Wise .... legal and business affairs: Ingenious Films
Andrew Woodyatt .... marketing

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105 min
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Did You Know?

Cameo: [David Baddiel]The movie's writer can be seen on the TV show "The Wright Stuff" (2000), which Mahmud watches.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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:Oh, gimme a break. You find out you're Jewish and then suddenly some bloke in a uniform is leading you away? That's ridiculous.See more »
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References Yentl (1983)See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant and very funny comedy, 17 August 2011
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina

When I saw the trailers of The Infidel, I thought that it was going to be a crude comedy which wanted to exploit the controversy of the Jewish-Muslim conflict in order to attract attention. However, I decided to watch it because of the various positive reviews I read on the Internet, and I am glad I did it, because even though The Infidel has an undoubtedly tabloid aspect, it also is a brilliant comedy with a very funny screenplay, interesting characters and a valid message which might not be shared by everyone, but which at least offers a conciliatory point of view about the previously mentioned conflict.

To start with, I liked the agility and consistence of the humor, as well as the surprising variety of topics exploited by the screenplay in order to generate laughs. There are obviously many references to the dispute between Israel and Palestine, to the Islamic extremists and their "jihad" (whose slogans of racial extermination sound very different when they are said by a 4-year-old girl) and of course, all the imaginable clichés about the Jewish culture ("they have a big nose and they like the money"). But there is also place for hilarious mentions of Seinfeld, the Protocols of Zion, Osama Bin Laden and Fiddler on the Roof.

I suppose that some people would feel offended by the sense of humor from The Infidel. Even if they are orthodox Jews who do not approve of the burning of yarmulkes with a funny intention, or Muslims who feel themselves unfairly portrayed as violent and intolerant extremists, I know that there will be undoubtedly someone who disapproves of the film's methods, as good as its intentions are. I think that The Infidel features positive and negative aspects from both religions on equal measure...and it's up to every spectator how he/she will take that. And besides, I also think that it is difficult to take the religious insults or comments about racial purity seriously when they come from the mouth of such likable and expressive actors. Omid Djalil is perfect as the overwhelmed Mahmud. Richard Schiff brings an equally excellent and funny performance as a Jewish North American taxi driver. And Archie Panjabi also brings a very good work as the main character's wife.

I have to point out the fact that I enjoyed The Infidel very much without having deep knowledge about the cultures and religions it represents; so, I think it is more appropriate to consider it as an great comedy which offers an interesting moral, and not as a revisionist History lesson nor as a manipulative religious pamphlet.

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