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West Bank Story (2005)

A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, ... See full summary »

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Ari Sandel

Writers:

Kim Ray, Ari Sandel
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Newmark ... David
Noureen DeWulf ... Fatima
A.J. Tannen ... Ariel
Joey Naber ... Ahmed
Haguy Wigdor ... Ruvik
Oren Rehany ... Uri
Nicholas Massouh ... Mustafa
Will Greenberg ... Shlomo
Sharif Ibrahim ... Mahmoud / Masked Palestinian with I.D. (as Shareef Abrams)
Daniella Diezba Daniella Diezba ... Ludmila
Keith Lal Keith Lal ... Mohammed
Assaf Cohen ... Menorah Mickey
Raymond Del Barrio ... Bruce (as Ramon del Barrio)
Anthony Shams Anthony Shams ... Palestinian Costumer
Roger Marks Roger Marks ... Israeli Customer
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A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands on the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian cashier, despite the animosity between their families' dueling restaurants. Can the couple's love withstand a 58-year-old conflict and their families' desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East? Written by Anonymous

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a little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

West Bank Story See more »

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Budget:

$74,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (Digital)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Ariel: This is the last straw!
[pause]
Ariel: Terrorist!
Ahmed: Occupier!
[everyone else assembled laughs derisively]
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
Ahmed: Yeah.
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
Ahmed: Oh, yeah!
Ariel: Oh, yeah?
[...]
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Falls Into Cliché Trap After Fabulous Start
25 July 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This parody of "West Side Story" has a fabulous opening which I suppose would be even more hilarious to anyone who is familiar with the 1961 movie. Not ever watching that film, except for a few clips, I couldn't appreciate the parody in here. However, humor is humor and good singing is good singing and there is a lot of both in this 21-minute short. Considering the topic, it is not a shock it won the Academy Award for Best Short Film/Live Action in 2006.

Simply put, we have competing fast-food restaurants on the West Bank: one Jewish, one Arabic. You have the "Kosher King" eatery on one side and the "Hummus Hut" on the other. Some of the signs in each establishment are clever ("The Chosen Restaurant") and some of lyrics sung by the "help" will make you laugh. There almost is too much to digest in a short period. One would have to view this several times to get all the jokes in the first few minutes.

Unfortunately, the rest of the film - the bulk of it - can't match that fantastic beginning. Things settle down when the romantic songs start and the rest of the story is romance and "peace" between the two long-time enemies. It gets very cliché-like and predictable.....too much so, to the point of being sappy.


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