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Lemon Popsicle (1978)

Eskimo Limon (original title)
R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 1978 (Israel)
Three friends live their lives in the 1950's each searching for someone to love.

Director:

Boaz Davidson

Writers:

Boaz Davidson, Eli Tavor (as Eli Tabor)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yftach Katzur ... Benzi / Benji / Benny (as Yiftach Katzur)
Anat Atzmon ... Nili / Nikky / Nili
Jonathan Sagall ... Momo / Bobby / Momo (as Jonathan Segal)
Zachi Noy ... Yudale / Huey / Johnny (as Zacki Noy)
Dvora Kedar ... Sonja, Benzi's mother (as Deborah Kaydar)
Ophelia Shtruhl ... Stella (as Ophelia Shtrel)
Menashe Warshavsky ... Romek, Benzi's father
Rachel Steiner Rachel Steiner ... Bracha / Martha
Louis Rosenberg Louis Rosenberg ... Pharmacist
Yehoshua Luff Yehoshua Luff ... Iceman
Avi Hadash Avi Hadash ... Froggy / Victor / Viktor (as Avi Chadash)
Denise Bouzaglo Denise Bouzaglo ... Ricki, prostitute (as Dennis Bozaglo)
Rita Raish Rita Raish ... Teacher
Savich Goldreich Savich Goldreich ... Doctor (as Savitch Goldreich)
Mira Birenbaum Mira Birenbaum ... Ruthy
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Storyline

Bentzi, Momo, and Yuda'leh are three teenage boys growing up in 1950's Israel, which is not much different from 1950's America if you believe what you see in the film. Of course they are obsessed with one thing - sex. Bentzi is interested in the beautiful Nili, but she prefers his friend Momo. Meanwhile, while Bentzi is working delivering ice to people he comes across a voluptous nympho. For some reason he leaves his job and gets his friends, who are promptly invited inside and divested of their virginity in an explicit softcore sex scene. Momo goes first, then the obese Yuda'leh. Before Bentzi can have his turn the nypho's sailor boyfriend suddenly returns from the sea and chases the boys away, Yuda'leh being forced to run away naked. The boys next visit a prostitute and are serviced by her in turn, the experience causing Bentzi to vomit. With all this experience under his belt Momo seduces Nili and impregnates her. He disowns her when she makes this known to him, leaving it to ... Written by Tim Curtiss <Tim_the_Bald@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

L'an holchim kshamisiba nigmira? (Where do you go when the party's over?)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew

Release Date:

1978 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Going All the Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's huge success in Germany was the main reason for shooting the sequels. It also became a box office success in Japan. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, in front of the diner, a young man in red shirt appears eating ice cream and talking with friends, then in the next scene, appears dancing very happy. The same for the blond boy in blue shirt. See more »

Quotes

Yudale: Bobby, are you positive water will drown these crabs?
Momo: Positive.
Yudale: I thought animals liked water.
Momo: Not fleas or lice.
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Alternate Versions

The Iserali DVD version while containing the original language track still uses the American print resulting in some oddities when viewing the sub-titled original version. Namely the English sub-titles are from the American dubbed version featuring the alternate songs used (or re-used) due to licensing restrictions for worldwide release, meaning often the sub-titles don't correspond to the song that is playing. A scene featuring the guys sneaking into the cinema had a movie news reel featuring President Kennedy, replacing the cinema screen footage from the original version for the US version. Selecting the original language track means you now have the original cinema audio, an Israeli sung quartet, over the top of the movie news footage with the original visuals missing. The original scene as it was filmed can be seen on the TV special on the DVD extras, featuring the audio this time matching the images playing in the cinema of the singing men in suits. See more »


Soundtracks

Long Tall Sally
Written by Little Richard, Enotris Johnson & Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell
Performed by Little Richard
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IN TOTAL AGREEMENT - ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES EVER MADE
3 August 2001 | by annualmanSee all my reviews

Originally available in the UK on Hokushin Home Video (remember them??), this, the first of the Lemon Popsicle series, kind of showed what growing up in the 60s was really like (after the sanitised schmaltz of GREASE). Three horny teenage friends spend most of the film searching for love, sex, and parties, and they find all three in abundance. This film has a magnificent soundtrack of late 50s early 60s classics (which was released on blue vinyl in the UK) and some way over the top comic sequences which belie its non-mainstream production values; this film was made as a German-Israeli co productionby director Boaz Davidson. One of the stars, Zachi Noy, Huey (the overweight kid) has gone on to become a major star in his home country (even starring in a 9th instalment of the series released this year - see the imdb for further details). So, besides the music, I love the romance, I love the comedy, and I love the sex scenes which come across as very dirty in certain scenes. The first two sequels, Going Steady and Hot Bubblegum are also sheer brilliance; the fourth film Private Popsicle is okay, but the fifth in the series BABY LOVE is possibly the most awesome teenage film EVER made!! See it if you can find a copy - come on lets have DVD releases please!! Number 6 is total rubblish, and 7,8, and 9 don't seem to have been translated into English yet (or released in English anyway).

Footnote: Lemon Popsicle was remade in the US in the mid-80s as THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN which also features a phenomenal 80s soundtrack and is recommended to all!! Any other fans of the series please contact me.


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