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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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  (in credits order)

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 ... Police Officer (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)

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

Carl Robinson ... Protestor (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)
Visual Effects by
Martin Chamney .... digital artist: Nvizible
Paddy Eason .... visual effects supervisor: Nvizible
Elysia Greening .... digital artist: Nvizible
Dean Koonjul .... digital 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
Matt Nettheim .... still photographer
Robert Pirouet .... camera operator: second unit
James Redfern .... electrician
Drew Slater .... best boy
Mitch Spooner .... gaffer
Eloi Sánchez .... clapper loader: "b" camera
Eloi Sánchez .... focus puller: "b" camera
Ben Turner .... additional camera operator
Angelika Padberg .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Emily Bray .... crowd casting assistant
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)
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
Lynsey Cosford .... assistant location manager
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
Karen Smith .... location manager
Gemma Spector .... head of marketing: Revolver
Jeremy Stern .... location scout
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

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105 min
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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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: The Infidel, 19 September 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

When I watched this film I wonder if a story like this could actually come out from Singapore's film industry. After all, we're one multi-racial and multi-religious melting pot so the context of having such characters here isn't that far fetched, and to have this screened here (albeit under an M18 rating), does say something. Moreover, it's a great film speaking up against religious fanaticism, and aimed its sights well at false prophets who adopt a holier than thou attitude in hoodwinking their followers.

Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) and his family are a typical moderate Muslim family, with Mahmud himself living the rather carefree life that had just overcome the death of his mom. His son Rashid (Amit Shah) announces that his intended fiancée and wife to be Uzma (Soraya Radford) will soon be getting a new stepdad, and as it turns out permission for her hand in marriage will have to be sought from none other than Arshad El Masri (Yigal Naor), a firebrand Pakistani cleric infamous for his anti-Western tirades. To Mahmud, this spells trouble to be associated with such a negative, high profile figure, but for the love of his son, have to put up his best behaviour when this international figure comes for a visit to discuss marriage. Not to mention the stress of having to portray himself as a devout Muslim man!

And to make matters worse, like the trailer already suggested at length, Mahmud discovers while clearing up his mom's place that he's adopted, and traces his lineage to be actually that of a Jew. A major identity crisis ensues because of his son's future happiness, and of course him having to rediscover and seek out the truth about his roots. With his birth father in critical health in the hospital and at the insistence of a rabbi (Matt Lucas), Mahmud has to reconnect with his Jewish roots in order to stand a whiff of a chance to talk to a man on his deathbed. Thus begins a comedy of errors arising from a clash of obvious cultures and attitudes when Mahmud has to reconcile with a one-time enemy Lenny Goldberg (Richard Schiff), in order to learn the Jewish customs and culture in double quick time.

There are plenty of jokes here that treaded the fine line of being racist, and I mean a very fine line. But as the movie put it across, it isn't racist if the one telling it is actually highlighting and poking fun at one's own race, which leaves some food for deeper thought. So we have a barrage of comical situations, some brilliantly crafted and full of wit, while others fell flat and came across as quite distastefully done, but nonetheless there were more positive rip-roaring moments than not, which I feel only the relatively more uptight folks will find additional reasons not to let loose and enjoy the film as it is.

More importantly though, beyond the laughter, is its theme of family and friendship that transcends how we look and who we are on the surface, segregated and branded by our name, or religion, or culture, which should never be the case. Sure we can have the freedom to believe in what we want, but with that also come tolerance for that of others, and a reminder never to judge others or compare just because we're different at that level, but fundamentally we belong to the same species inhabiting the same shared earth, and life will be all the more harmonious should we not try to impose bigoted thoughts on others.

While the ending may seem a little bit stretched, it did work as intended, and provided a fitting finale with moderatism triumphing over extremism. Both Omid Djalili and Richard Schiff put up fine performances and share excellent chemistry together as enemies turned friends, with their scenes together being some of the best be it focused on physical comedy, or through that rapid fire exchange of insults. Highly recommended for its relevance in our day and age for the messages it sets out to counsel.

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