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Magic Carpet Ride (2005)

Organize Isler (original title)
A struggling, suicidal young comedian meets a car thief who is willing to teach him a few things about his profession.

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Credited cast:
... Asim Noyan
... Superman Samet
... Müslüm Duralmaz
... Umut Ocak
... Nuran Ocak
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Tabutçu
Ebru Akel ... Nilüfer
Caner Alkaya ... Arif
... Kemal
Mücahit Avci ... Kasim
Erdem Bas ... Hayri
Rodin Alper Bingol ... Riza
Hande Dane ... Suna
Berfin Erdogan ... Nazli Noyan
... Silvio
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A struggling, suicidal young comedian meets a car thief who is willing to teach him a few things about his profession.

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$2,667,052 (Turkey), 23 December 2005
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The flashback scene in which the Cezmi Baskin character and companions rob the people who help them carry the coffin is actually a real event, says writer-director Erdogan in an interview. See more »

Soundtracks

Sina Nari
Anonymous
Performed by Hüsnü Senlendirici
Arranged by Zafer Haznedaroglu
RH Pozitif Publishing
Doublemoon Records
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Excellent Turkish comedy, not just for Turks
7 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

One problem with Turkish comedy is that it tends to be very specific to Turkey: if you aren't Turkish (or living in Turkey), you won't understand a sit-com like Türk Malı or Avrupa Yakası, and you'll even miss a lot of the jokes in a SF comedy like G.O.R.A. Organize İşler (confusingly untranslated as "Magic Carpet Ride" after one of the songs in the soundtrack) is unusual in that it manages to be very Turkish in feel, but universal in its humour.

The film shows us the lives of two families: a middle-class intellectual couple and their daughter on the one side, and the "family" of organized crime on the other. In between is a failed stand-up comedian, "Superman" Samet, whose attempt to hang himself (dressed in his Superman costume) at the beginning of the film is interrupted by our criminal anti-hero Asim, who is escaping a jealous husband. The plot continues in a similarly absurd vein, and critics have complained about the story's disregard for logic, but then this is a comedy; nobody complains that Monty Python and the Holy Grail has an absurd plot. The important thing is that the characters are well drawn, from the irritatingly logical physics professor Nuran to the lovable but unprincipled and incompetent Asim, and the dialogue is hilarious, with a lot of the humour surviving translation. The film also gives a great picture of the contrasts of İstanbul (even though the scenes of the "çingene" neighborhood where the gang live seem to be from İzmir).


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