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Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 21 March 2008 (USA)
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A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

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Eran Kolirin

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Eran Kolirin
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sasson Gabai ... Lieutenant-colonel Tawfiq Zacharya
Ronit Elkabetz ... Dina
Saleh Bakri ... Haled
Khalifa Natour ... Simon
Rubi Moskovitz Rubi Moskovitz ... Itzik
Uri Gavriel ... Avrum
Imad Jabarin ... Major-general Camal Abdel Azim
Hilla Sarjon ... Iris
Shlomi Avraham Shlomi Avraham ... Papi
Tarik Kopty ... Iman (as Tarak Kopty)
Rinat Matatov ... Yula
Tomer Yosef Tomer Yosef ... Ars
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahuva Keren ... Lea
François Khell François Khell ... Makram
Hisham Khoury ... Fauzi
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Storyline

On an ordinary day, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in Israel from Egypt for a cultural event, only find there is no delegation to meet them, nor any arrangements to get to their destination of Petah Tiqva. When they find their own ride, they arrive instead at the remote town of Beit Hatikva. Stuck there until the next morning's bus, the band, led by the repressed Tawfiq Zacharaya, gets help from the worldly lunch owner, Dina, who offers to put them up for the night. As the band settles in as best it can, each of the members attempts to get along with the natives in their own way. What follows is a special night of quiet happenings and confessions as the band makes its own impact on the town and the town on them. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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band | police | israel | arab | egyptian | See All (167) »

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They came, they saw, they bridged a divide. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Israel | USA | France

Language:

Hebrew | Arabic | English

Release Date:

21 March 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A zenekar látogatása See more »

Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,492, 10 February 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,053,823, 6 July 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Sasson Gabai, who plays Tewfiq in the film, reprised his role in the Broadway musical from June 26th 2018 taking over the role originally played on-stage by Tony Shalhoub. He is also scheduled to reprise the role in a future Israeli production of the musical. See more »

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During one scene, a long hair or piece of fluff can be seen hanging off the boom mic and bouncing as it catches the light. See more »

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Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010) See more »

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My Funny Valentine
(From musical "Babes in Arms", 1937)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
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You Speak. You Don't Speak
2 March 2008 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Stellar film from rising star, Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin. This film offers the beautifully delivered message that regardless of our culture, we all want to be connected to another person. Other than the language we speak, we really aren't so dissimilar.

The Egyptian Police Orchestra is stranded on their way to play at the opening of an Arab Culture Center. The language barrier causes them to be stuck in a one-horse town with a similar type name. What follows is a touching story and terrific film-making. So much is communicated with so few words.

There are three of four amazing scenes. My favorite is probably the funniest in the film. At the roller rink, one of the band members assists an awkward local with the proper technique in consoling a girl whose feelings he has hurt. It is funny and touching and moving and insightful all at once. The band leader's scenes with Dena, the beautiful and lonely restaurateur who takes the band in for the evening, are so emotional and sincere that I kept wanting to scream at them both! Just great stuff.

I look forward to more from Eran Kolirin and it is very sad that this film was disqualified in the Foreign Language category due to the determination that too much English was used. Still, it doesn't change the fact that this is a terrific movie and story.


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