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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 »


Ephraim Kishon


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




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


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


Beach blankets it isn't...James Bond it isn't...But laughs? Don't ask! See... See more »


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


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


Referenced in London et Kirschenbaum: Episode dated 13 July 2015 (2015) See more »


Li U'Lecha/Ve'Lach
Lyrics by Didi Manusi
Music by Yohanan Zaray
Performed by Arik Einstein and Geula Nuni
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User Reviews

Sallah is a heartwarming masterpiece of the 21st century....
22 February 2006 | by adamkleinbergSee all my reviews

Hello and Baruch Hashem.

My name is Sam, but my friends call me Jeff, and I attend CHAT-RH in Canada. I am a Jewish day school student, and we just finished viewing Sallah in class. It is truly an amazing film that brings the love out of Jewish Jewry. As my late toda'ah teacher said: "Baruch Hashem, tov tov, Ha tarbut shelanu hu CHAI!" Throughout the documentary on Eastern-European Arabs that arrive in Israel, Sallah Shabati and his family depict the hardships and triumphant return to freedom. Under persecution by the kibutznikim, Sallah and his family members took on the outer secular world by enhancing their social lives in an extremely hard society. Jenny Segal once said "Winners don't quit, and Quitters don't win".

The musical soundtrack is truly phenomenal, and warms the heart even at the saddest of moments. Wow, the tune is an utter masterpiece infused with the characteristics of early Shakespearen heritage. The background portrays in immense form of emancipation of the Jewish culture.

Watch the movie, and you will understand what I am talking about

Singing out, Jeff Guche

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Hebrew | English | Arabic

Release Date:

10 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

HaKfar HaYarok, Israel See more »

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