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The Lizard (2004)

Marmoulak (original title)
A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

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Kamal Tabrizi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ... Reza Marmoulak
Bahram Ebrahimi Bahram Ebrahimi ... (as Bahram Ibrahimi)
Shahrokh Foroutanian Shahrokh Foroutanian ... Hajji Reza Ahmadi
Farideh Sepah Mansour Farideh Sepah Mansour ... Motazedi's Mother
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh Tahmasebi ... Ozra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ali Abedini Ali Abedini ... Jackson
Ra'na Azadivar Ra'na Azadivar ... Fayezeh (as Rana Azadvar)
Cyrus Hemati Cyrus Hemati ... Mojtaba
Farzin Mohades Farzin Mohades ... The Soldier with Sunglasses
Mehran Rajabi Mehran Rajabi ... Shojaei
Soheyla Razavi Soheyla Razavi ... Fayezeh's Mother
Sepehr Rezanoor Sepehr Rezanoor ... The boy
Reza Saeedi Reza Saeedi ... Atef
Naqi Seif-Jamali Naqi Seif-Jamali ... Mr. Fazli
Hossein Soleimani Hossein Soleimani ... Gholamali
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Storyline

Satirical commentary on clergymen in post-revolutionary Iran. While in prison, petty criminal Reza (Parviz Parastui) comes across a clergyman, sparking a plan for escape. Reza dons his new acquaintance's clerical robes and makes a bid for freedom. He soon learns that being a clergyman brings little respect from the public. Reza travels to the outlying villages, from where he plots to escape the country. However, his plans must be put on hold when the villagers accept him into their community and expect him to perform religious duties. Will Reza's prison break transform him into an unlikely pillar of the community? Written by IMVBox.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

24 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lizard See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Faradis See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In 2014, Turkish television channel ATV began airing a mini-series based on The Lizard. See more »

Quotes

Reza Marmoulak: There is no one in this world who doesn't have a path to reach God
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Excellent movie! Hilarious and powerful.
30 August 2004 | by ridwaneSee all my reviews

I had the chance of watching this excellent movie yesterday at the Montreal World Film Festival. This is the second Iranian film that I've seen (the first was 'Taste of Cherry') and I'm enchanted.

This is the story of a thief who has an extraordinary agility at climbing walls just like a lizard (Marmoulak), his escape from prison, and his redemption. To hide his identity, he becomes a mullah (Muslim religious scholar) and improvises as best as he can. The dialogs on theology and Muslim daily life are funny, yet very powerful. This excellent movie is not only a slap to the ruling clergy in Iran, but also a slap to religious fundamentalism of any faith.

The acting is very good. The 'Mullah' role is performed beautifully and the Lizard gives the Mullah the right dose of authority and charisma while remaining a very down-to-earth person. I enjoyed every minute. This is a movie that I'll be delighted to watch again.

Highly recommended. 9/10


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