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David & Layla (2005)

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Star-crossed lovers, David and Layla - Romeo and Juliet in New York with a twist!. Inspired by a true story, a spicy romantic comedy...via Iraq & Jerusalem.


J.J. Alani (as Jay Jonroy)


J.J. Alani (as Jay Jonroy)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Moscow ... David Fine
Shiva Rose ... Layla
Peter Van Wagner ... Mel Fine
Polly Adams ... Judith Fine
Callie Thorne ... Abby
Will Janowitz ... Woody Fine
Alexander Blaise ... Francois
Ed Chemaly ... Uncle Ali 'Al'
Anna George ... Zina
Ken Kliban Ken Kliban ... Dr. Jacobson, vasectomy doctor
Albert Macklin Albert Macklin ... Dr. Susswein, the shrink
Hany Kamal ... Imam
Joseph Kamal ... Howar, Saz / Tanbur player.
Tibor Feldman ... Rabbi Rabinovich
Anahid Anahid ... Aunt Aftaw Khan


Sparks fly when a Jew and a Muslim fall in love in New York. David, a TV host of "Sex & Happiness", becomes smitten with the voluptuous Layla - a mysterious, sensual dancer. Layla turns out to be a Muslim refugee. Teased by specious tips from his ironic French cameraman, David madly pursues Layla. This sets off a veiling and unveiling of the similarities - and contrasts - of their ancient cultures. David's lust grows into love as he discovers in stunning Layla, a sensitive, intelligent, war survivor with an ancient rich culture that echoes his own culture. But their families are dead set against this unlikely romance. Faced with deportation, Layla must choose: Muslim American Dr. Ahmad or Jewish American David? Will David and Layla follow their hearts to blast through centuries of religious animosity? Written by J.J. Alani aka J Jonroy Alani, writer / producer / director

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Star-crossed lovers... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


R | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

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Release Date:

15 February 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Kosher & Halal See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,491, 22 July 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$120,750, 16 March 2008
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film is inspired by a true love story. Married since 1990, the real David & Layla now live in Paris. They flew to New York to meet the cast and the crew during the production of this film. The real Layla designed Layla's wedding dress. She is the guest with green eyes and dark hair who is one of the Kurdish dancing women in bright golden orange gilet, during the wedding. Her husband, the real David, plays himself as the new vasectomy patient who answers to his real name, David Ruby, and gets the appointment with Dr. Jacobson. See more »

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Not to be Missed. . .
20 August 2005 | by awatkins6See all my reviews

The film begins with a captivating sequence that draws you immediately into the cultural conglomeration of New York City. A powerful message of racial reconciliation presented with wit and realism, David and Leyla invokes thought, laughter, and beauty. The relationships seemed organic and unforced as well as the connection between David Moscow and Shiva Rose. I was especially moved by the soundtrack interwoven throughout each scene. The brassy, sultry composition provided a moving companion to the story itself and created an all-encompassing reality for the viewer as we are taken into the Muslim and Jewish cultures of New York.

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