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The Big Dig (1969)

Te'alat Blaumilch (original title)
| Comedy | 1969 (Israel)
A slapstick comedy lampooning bureaucracy and the madness of everyday life in Israel centers on an escaped lunatic who digs up the streets of Tel-Aviv with a drill.

Director:

Ephraim Kishon

Writer:

Ephraim Kishon (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bomba Tzur ... Blaumilch
Nissim Azikri ... Yehezkel Ziegler
Shraga Friedman Shraga Friedman ... Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
Avner Hizkiyahu ... Menahem Ze'ev Zuckerman
Oded Teomi ... Dentist
Rina Ganor ... Seine Frau
Zaharira Harifai ... Fürsorgerin
Miriam Gavrieli Miriam Gavrieli ... Deborah Zuckerman
Abraham Ronai Abraham Ronai ... Mr. Kosla, Asst. to the mayor
Mosko Alkalai ... Zelig Schultheiss
Aviva Paz ... Secretary
Nathan Wolfovich Nathan Wolfovich ... Mayor
Gideon Singer ... Police Chief Akiva Levkowicz
Esther Greenberg ... Mrs. Kalaniot
Albert Cohen ... Dr. Gilad
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Storyline

A madman escapes from the asylum in Tel-Aviv, and starts digging a canal right in the middle of one of the main streets. Due to the bureaucratic mess in the city administration, not only does nobody try to stop him, he actually receives the help of the police, the city engineer, etc. The one city clerk who finds out what is really going on is, of course, declared insane... Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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Israel | USA | West Germany

Language:

Hebrew | German

Release Date:

1969 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big Dig See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

The character of the incompetent police officer (played by Shaike Ophir) was expanded to the protagonist in another film of Ephraim Kishon - The Policeman (1971) (its Hebrew title - "The Policeman Azoulay"). See more »

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In the first credit sequence: "The plot and characters in this film are totally fictional. We Hope..." See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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A real gem!
12 May 2005 | by genoxySee all my reviews

With a tiny budget, Kishon and his superb cast, manage to pull off a mammoth task.

A lunatic on the loose, obsessed with diggers, steals one and starts digging in the middle of a main Tel-Aviv road. The authorities, in the midst of an election campaign, ever suspicious of each other, need to explain the resulting chaos.

Although everything in this this film is great, from the acting to the set (a fantastic duplicate of central Tel-Aviv in the sixties), the real treasure of it is the storyline - without a shred of doubt, one of the best ever written! Complexed, and yet so easy to follow, Kishon had written a masterpiece of a satire! If this film is ever to be made in English, it would become a huge success, 'The Full Monty' style - guaranteed! And if you happen to be a film producer looking for a break, perhaps you should take note of that and get hold of a copy!


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