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Ha-Trempist (1972)

R | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 1972 (Israel)
Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island . When their boat goes ... See full summary »



(english dialogue) (as H.B. Wertheim), (script)




Complete credited cast:
... Mike
... Komo
Lily Avidan ... Elizabeth (as Lilli Avidan)
Tzila Karney ... Françoise (as Tsilla Karny)
Fran Liberman-Avni ... Singer
Suzan Devor ... Singer


Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island . When their boat goes astray and they are left without food, their animal instincts take over, bringing the film to its catastrophic end. Written by BFI

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The Long Lost Early '70's Psychedelic Classic (2009 re-release) See more »


Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi




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Release Date:

1972 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

An American Hippie in Israel  »


Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film deliberately avoids specifying the locale, substituting "your country" and "you people" for Israel. See more »


The action begins with a scene set in the passenger cabin of an airliner. The title character (the American hippie) is sitting in a window seat, taking in the view seen from the very large, oval panoramic window next to his seat. The very large, oval panoramic window (about 4 x larger than a standard passenger cabin window) was a distinctive feature of the Vickers Viscount turboprop airliner. But the plane that arrives at the airport and from which the hippie disembarks is a Douglas DC-7 or a Boeing 707 turbojet with small, standard sized passenger cabin windows. See more »


American Hippie Mike: They turned me into a murdering machine.
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Crazy Credits

All of the regular acting and technical credits are in the beginning. The only closing credits are a list of those people and organizations without whom the film could not have been made. See more »


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Awful movie, but a blast to watch with friends
24 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

This bizarre movie was made by a former lifeguard turned short film maker, stars fairly good actors (some of whom were stars on the Tel Aviv theater stages for years to come) hamming it up or just given odd direction, has an alright but VERY repetitive score by one of Israel's greatest composers, and contains such unforgettable scenes as the "STOP PUSHING BUTTONS" speech, a psychedelic dream sequence involving smashing giant tape recorder things with a sledgehammer, a hippie-palooza in an abandoned warehouse, random toplessness, cardboard sharks, loooooooooong wandering across desert islands, and the main cast screaming out "Wonderful Feeling!" over and over. The insane ending has to be seen to be believed. If you can get your hands on this film (or if that DVD ever comes out), get some friends over and get ready to riff the hell out of it: this film is plan 9 quality stuff, and I love every minute of it.

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