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23-year-old Nikhil comes to Canada from India to find his fortune and is convinced by his uncle to work as a companion and care-giver to Sam, an elderly Jewish man. An unlikely friendship ensues, which gives both men new insight into life.

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Nikhil 'Shwartza' Parikh
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Sam 'Zayda' Cohen
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Chetan Parikh
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Morris Cohen
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Baldev
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Xavier (as Javid Jafri)
Jolly Bader ...
Ali Akbar
Leonard Chow ...
Keith Wong
Marcia Diamond ...
Hannah Cohen
Gina Wilkinson ...
Mariana
Howard Jerome ...
Mr. Klugman
Lance Koyata ...
Takahito
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Vincent (as Andrew Marshall)
Kay Tremblay ...
Mrs. Rohrlich
Gene Mack ...
Lucas
John Edward Campbell ...
Jimmy Yarulewski
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Mrs. Yarulewski (as Johanna Kern-Wronikowski)
Avi Phillips ...
Mikey Yarulewski
Max Beckford ...
Zack
Ratna Omidvar ...
Iranian vendor
Pierre Gautreau ...
Cop one
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Cop two
Tova Gallimore ...
Dancer one
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Dancer two (as Cindy Fidler)
Chandra Galasso ...
Student one
Marla Pinsky ...
Student two
John Comerford ...
Taxi Man (as Jon Comerford)
Les Nirenberg ...
Rabbi (as Les Niremberg)
Morris Phillips ...
Mourner
Bernie Grossman ...
Mourner
Bill Pearl ...
Mourner
Louis Stone ...
Mourner
Jack Newman ...
Mourner
David Wince ...
Mourner
Bruce Roney ...
Mourner
Roselle Stone ...
Mourner
Carrie Loring ...
Mourner
Devyani Saltzman ...
Girl in Sunglasses
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Mark M. Cheung ...
Bus Passenger 1 (uncredited)
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Directed by

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Deepa Mehta

Written by

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Ranjit Chowdhry ... (screenplay by)

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Steve Levitan ... executive producer (as Steven Levitan)
Allan Magee ... associate producer
Deepa Mehta ... producer
Paul Saltzman ... executive producer
Robert Wertheimer ... producer

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Mark Korven

Cinematography by

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Guy Dufaux ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Boyd Bonitzke

Editorial Department

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Viktoria Cseh-McCormick ... second assistant editor (as Viktoria Cseh)
Larry Engelmann ... final colorist
Gary Fluxgold ... first assistant editor
Paul Quigley ... head of post-production
Erika Wolf ... negative cutting (as Erika Wolff)

Casting By

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Brian Levy

Production Design by

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Linda Del Rosario
Richard Paris

Set Decoration by

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Linda Del Rosario
Richard Paris

Costume Design by

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Maya Mani

Makeup Department

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Stephen Lynch ... makeup assistant
Robert Markovski ... hair assistant
Judy Murdock ... makeup artist (as Judy Murdoch)
Maxine Rennes-Gunderson ... hair stylist (as Maxine Rennes)

Production Management

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Robert Wertheimer ... unit production manager

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David Hoffert ... trainee assistant director
Myron Hoffert ... first assistant director
Louise Renault ... third assistant director
Andrew Shea ... second assistant director

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Stephen Armour ... set dresser
Steven 'Sparky' Carr ... assistant set dresser
Kathleen Climie ... art department second assistant
Fred Fitzpatrick ... painter
Jake Fry ... property master
Allan Lylloff ... assistant set dresser
Miguel Markin ... set dresser (as Miguel Merkin)
Chris Minz ... storyboard artist (as Dr. Chris Minz)
Peter Miskimmin ... assistant props
Shelley Nieder ... on-set dresser (as Shelly Nieder)
Terry Wareham ... art department first assistant

Sound Department

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Michael Baskerville ... post-production mixer (as Mike Baskerville)
Fred Brennan ... dialogue editor
Terry Burke ... foley artist
Bryan Day ... sound mixer
Paul William Edwards ... assistant mixer (as Paul Edwards)
Henry Embry ... boom operator
Eric Fitz ... boom operator
Tony Gronick ... sound effects editor
Ric Jurgens ... adr engineer (as Rick Jurgens)
Janet Kendrick ... assistant sound editor
John P. Megill ... sound mixer (as John Megill)
David Semple ... foley assistant
Lou Solakofski ... foley engineer
Clive Turner ... assistant sound editor

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Tim Good ... special effects assistant

Stunts

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Rick Forsayeth ... stunts
Steve Lucescu ... stunts
Dwayne McLean ... stunt coordinator (as Dwayne Maclean)
Alison Reid ... stunts

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Carlo Campana ... key grip
Jon Cassar ... Steadicam operator
Linda Cheung ... camera trainee
John Crockford ... second assistant camera
Alex Dawes ... best boy (as Alexander Dawes)
Nigel Draper ... generator operator
Neil Fraser ... grip
Richard Gaal ... electrician
Mitch Holmes ... best boy grip (as Mitchell Holmes)
George Kraychyk ... still photographer
Patrick Stepien ... first assistant camera (as Patrick F.Y. Stepien)
Owen Taylor ... gaffer

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Eleanor Lavender ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Derek J. Baskerville ... wardrobe master (as Derek Baskerville)
Nancy Duggan ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Morton Dorrell ... location assistant (as Morten Dorrell)
Victoria Harding ... location manager

Music Department

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Michael Baskerville ... music engineer (as Mike Baskerville)
Don Gillis ... musician: piano
John Johnson ... musician: saxophone
Mark Kelso ... musician: drums
George Koller ... musician: double bass
Mark Korven ... arranger: film score / musician: guitar
Brian Leonard ... musician: percussion
Chase Sanborn ... musician: trumpet
Michael Baskerville ... score mixer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Benu Bhandari ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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David Chudnovsky ... driver captain
Al Paldino ... driver (as Allen Paldino)
Richard Spiegelman ... driver
Ron Standen ... driver (as Ronald Standen)
Jeff Steinberg ... transportation coordinator

Additional Crew

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Sandy Dennis ... craft service
Phil Dunn ... finance
Kevin Fletcher ... production assistant (as Kevin 'Fletch' Fletcher)
Sharon Fletcher ... office assistant
Rob Fowler ... craft service
Tim Garrett ... assistant: Ms. Mehta
Janet Gismondi ... production coordinator
Kenny Graham ... stand-in
Cynde Harmon ... production accountant
Colleen Hart ... production secretary
Dianne Heatherington ... security (as Diane Heatherington)
Mindy May Jenkins ... assistant accountant (as Mindy Jenkins)
Wendy Kraft ... assistant accountant
Anne Marie La Traverse ... legal affairs
Rajaratnam Manickarajah ... stand-in
Karen Pidgurski ... publicist
Matthew Segal ... story editor

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Plot Summary

Nikhil Parikh lives a middle-class life with his widowed mom in India. Since he has now matured, his mom would like him to get a good job and get married, but Nikhil does not want to do so. So his paternal uncle in Toronto, Canada, sponsors him and he agrees to re-locate there. Upon arrival, his uncle, Chetan, informs him that he arranged for a job at his very firm namely Cohen Hospital Supplies, which is run by a Jewish family, consisting of father, Sam; son, Morris, and Morris' wife, Hannah. Nikhil brushes up on this firm and meets with Morris on the very same day, and he is offered the job - not quite what he had expected - but for looking after Sam, who is now senile - and is obsessed with returning to Israel. This is where Nikhil will get his Canadian name, Shwartza (Black boy), and he will learn to call his male and female employers as Sir and Madame respectively. He will also face his first challenge - when Sam decides to run away on the very first day. Nikhil overcomes the trauma of the first day at the job, and eventually befriends Sam, who even calls him Zayda (father). Both bond and spend considerable time together. When Morris and Hannah leave for an overnight trip, Nikhil takes Sam to his apartment, where he lives with Baldev, a taxi-driver; Xavier and Keith - who are waiters at a Chinese restaurant; as well as Ali Akbar; and Chetan himself. This is where Sam will experience freedom as he had before - a freedom that will have dire consequences for him and Nikhil in the near future. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Also Known As
  • New Man In (World-wide, English title)
  • Sam y yo (Spain)
  • Sam i ja (Poland)
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  • 94 min
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Trivia Solo feature directorial debut for Deepa Mehta, who previously collaborated with Norma Bailey and Daniele Suissa on "Martha, Ruth & Edie" See more »
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