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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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Comedy

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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 red-headed child sitting on the jack-hammer, on whom the camera zooms, is director Ephraim Kishon's son, Raphi. He is now a well known veterinarian in Israel. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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One of the best satires made
19 June 2004 | by igaldSee all my reviews

Kishon is amazing. This is jewel in the Israeli satire against bureaucracy, way of life, historical heritage and the 60's in Israel. It is hysterically funny. A must see for every movie loving person. The story is about a madman which starts to dig a hole, and since bureaucracy and political rivals kick in, they take the charge for digging s hole in the most busiest street in Tel Aviv. Of course after everyone does not take the blame for it, after creating a venetian tunnel of of the street, everyone take responsibility for their own "life achievement" Thank you, Kishon, for making this movie!


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