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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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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, lead 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 (166) »

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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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A zenekar látogatása  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$67,492, 10 February 2008, Limited Release

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$3,053,823, 6 July 2008
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Was adapted into a musical which premiered Off-Broadway on November 11, 2016 and moved to Broadway on November 9, 2017, starring Tony Shalhoub as Tewfiq, Katrina Lenk as Dina, and -link=nm0137121] as Itzik. The production won Best Musical of 2017 at the Obie Awards, the Lucille Lortel Awards, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle. See more »

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When speaking in Arabic, Tawfiq pronounces some words with the Egyptian Arabic pronunciation, and some words with the Palestinian Arabic pronunciation. Being an Egyptian, he should talk in Egyptian Arabic dialect all the time. See more »

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Summertime
(From opera "Porgy and Bess", 1935)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward
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What a surprisingly fab movie
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As a dedicated husband of a BAFTA voting member, we trawl through 100+ DVD's at this time of year. The Hollywood movies all blur into muchness, but then this film comes along without any fancy marketing blurb, no fancy box, just a DVD in a plastic sleeve. We put it in and said we would give it 10 minutes, and spent the next 100 minutes or so spellbound and laughing our socks off! The acting was simply wonderful, the comic situations and timing were redolent of "The Office", and the political analogies were intriguing, The soundtrack was the best of any 2007 movie imho. It gets our nomination for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, with further nominations for the "Dina" and "Tewfiq" actors plus a vote for others in the band in the supporting actor category.

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