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Sallah (1964)

Sallah Shabati (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy , Drama | 10 March 1965 (USA)
The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history (until that time) is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their... See full summary »

Director:

Ephraim Kishon

Writers:

Ephraim Kishon (screenplay), Ephraim Kishon (story)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Topol ... Sallah Shabati (as Haym Topol)
Geula Nuni ... Habbubah Shabati (as Geula Noni)
Gila Almagor ... Bathsheva Sosialit
Albert Cohen
Shraga Friedman Shraga Friedman ... Neuman
Zaharira Harifai ... Frieda
Shaike Levi ... Shimon Shabati
Nathan Meisler Nathan Meisler ... Mr. Goldstein
Esther Greenberg ... Sallah's wife
Mordecai Arnon ... Mordecai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ya'ackov Banai
Ya'ackov Ben-Sira
Ya'ackov Bodo
Mike Burstyn
Arik Einstein ... Ziggi
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Storyline

The sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history (until that time) is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. A Yemenite Jewish family that was flown to Israel during "Operation Magic Carpet" - a clandestine operation that flew 49,000 Yemenite Jews to Israel the year after the state was formed - is forced to move to a government settlement camp. The patriarch of the family, portrayed by Chaim Topol, tries to make money and get better housing, in a country that can barely provide for its own and is in the midst absorbing hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Written by Fiona Kelleghan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Sallah Can Make You Happy! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew | English | Arabic

Release Date:

10 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sallah See more »

Filming Locations:

HaKfar HaYarok, Israel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sallah Company,Sallah Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(with exit music)

Sound Mix:

Mono
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Winner of 1965 Golden Globe Award as Best Foreign Language film. See more »

Connections

Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Mashi'ach Ha-Zaken
Lyrics by Uriel Ofek
Music by Yohanan Zaray
Performed by Topol (as Haim Topol)
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After the success of this film Haym Topol was offered the role which made Clint Eastwood a worldwide phenomenon.
4 July 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

As part of an annual film festival of films from Israel, I saw this classic film at the legendary Cinema des Cineastes located near Place de clichy metro station in Paris. This will be remembered as a landmark film in the history of Israelian Cinema. This was filmed in 1964 by Ephraim Kishon at a time when there was hardly any visible trace of film-making in Israel.Kishon,the great humorist filmmaker of Israel proved that good films can be made even when one has limited funds and equipments at one's disposal.The highlight of this film is the light hearted manner in which it shows various hilarious solutions to housing problems of Jewish people after the independence of Israel. To my mind,it is one of those rare films in which two of the greatest living stars of Israelian cinema : Haym Topol and Gila Almagor have acted. They play an impoverished couple with a lots of children. It is fun to watch all the ruses adopted by them in order to be able to get hold of their own house.After the screening, chatting with bemused audiences Haym Topol recounted how owing to a prior commitment he declined Sergio Leone's offer to star in "A fistful of dollars". So if there is anything which has made Clint Eastwood what he is now, it is this refusal in question by Haym Topol.


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