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The Policeman (1971)

Ha-Shoter Azulai (original title)
Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Ephraim Kishon

Writer:

Ephraim Kishon
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Shaike Ophir ... Constable Sgt. Abraham Azulai
Zaharira Harifai ... Betty Azulai
Avner Hizkiyahu ... Capt. Lefkowitch
Itzko Rachamimov Itzko Rachamimov ... Senior Sgt. Bejerano
Joseph Shiloach ... Amar
Nitza Shaul ... Mimi
Gabi Amrani ... The Yemenite
Arieh Itzhak Arieh Itzhak ... Zion
Abraham Celektar ... Cactus
Efraim Stan Efraim Stan ... Horovitz
Arieh Elias ... Albert
Ya'ackov Banai ... Uncle Messiah (as Yakov Banai)
Hillel Ne'eman Hillel Ne'eman ... Religious man
Yaakov Noy Yaakov Noy ... Criminal
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lidya Ofir Lidya Ofir ... Mrs. Lefkovich
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Azulai is a policeman in Jaffa, whose incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to send him to early retirement, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don't want to see him leave either... Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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Golden Globe Award 1972 BEST FOREIGN FILM See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

1971 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jaffa, Israel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Connections

Referenced in Sabri Maranan: Stockholm Syndrome (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Balada Lashoter
Performed by Oshik Levi
Lyrics by Ehud Manor
Music by Nurit Hirsch
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Great comedy film from Israel.
1 August 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Light hearted comedies are a rarity for Israelian cinema as most of the films are either too dramatic or gloomy.This is a good example of what a comedy film can be.All the credit for this film's success should go to Shaike Opir who plays the role of a kind hearted but clumsy policeman.He has a wife whom he loves a lot but as he has not been able to get a promotion there is less of love from her wife's side for him.This character is a man of all occasions and he has solutions for all kinds of problems such as doing interpretation in French language for a group of visiting French policemen or catching a famous criminal.This cop learns about friendship when he meets a young prostitute.Both of them come closer and learn a lot from each as they both have a lots to tell to each other. This film was directed by a great figure of Jewish culture Iprahim Keshon.This comedy is different from those by the likes of Marx brothers,Buster Keaton, Max Linder,Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy.


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