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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 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 ... 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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Trivia

Filmed mostly in a studio mock-up of a central junction in Tel Aviv, Israel, including one of the city's most famous movie theaters - Mougraby. 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 A Wonderful Country: Episode #12.5 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Balada La-Ish Ha-Pashut
Composed by Noam Sheriff
Performed by Edna Goren
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Mildly amusing
16 July 2003 | by ekammin-1See all my reviews

This is a harmless, somewhat funny bit of Israeli slapstick, with plenty of people screaming at each other, gesticulating and running around in circles. It is a takeoff on Israeli (and any other)bureaucracy, and, I suppose the hectic life in Tel-Aviv in the late 1960s. Amusing to watch (once) but hardly anything that is going to make Ingmar Bergman or Roman Polanski lose any sleep.


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Country:

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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