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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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Country:

Israel | USA | West Germany

Language:

Hebrew | German

Release Date:

1969 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Writer / Director Ephraim Kishon, can be glimpsed during the traffic jam scene in the beginning of the movie, as the nervous driver shouting in the red car. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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

Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
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Performed by Edna Goren
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An absolutely amazing laugh riot ! ! ! !
15 February 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Apart from "Lemon Popsicle" series of films from Israel,there are not so many directors in the history of Israelian cinema who have made successful comedy films.If there is a man who has made enjoyable comedy films it is Iprahim Kishon.As he was primarily a great writer,he was able to infuse his writing talents in his films.It can be said about Iprahim Kishon's film "Te'alat Blaumilch" that its visual as well aesthetic style was completely different from the films made by other comic geniuses like Max Linder,Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. Apart from its highly original idea of a lunatic digging a canal in the middle of a street,this film was famous for its set design which consisted of a replica of a fictitious canal right in the middle of Tel Aviv city.A thing which might irk some feminist viewers is that this is a bit sexist in nature as there are numerous ribald jokes consisting of futile attempts made by office boss to seduce his beautiful secretary. Iprahim Kishon made three great comic films and this film is one of those laugh riots which is surely going to drive you crazy with endless bouts of laughter.


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