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7 Husbands for Hurmuz (2009)

7 Kocali Hürmüz (original title)
Remake of a well-known Turkish musical comedy loved by generations, the film is about the adventures of flirtatious Hurmuz in late 1800's Istanbul. Hurmuz who lives in Taskasap, Istanbul ... See full summary »

Director:

Ezel Akay

Writer:

Gürsel Korat
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nurgül Yesilçay ... Hürmüz
Gülse Birsel ... Safinaz
Haluk Bilginer ... Cebrail
Erkan Can ... Hizir Kaptan
Memet Ali Alabora Memet Ali Alabora ... Doktor Hüsrev
Sarp Apak ... Fisek Omer
Cengiz Küçükayvaz Cengiz Küçükayvaz ... Barber Hasan
Öner Erkan ... Wool Fluffer Rüstem
Cem Karakaya Cem Karakaya ... Bekci Memo
Ezel Akay ... Redif Cavusu Mehmet Ali
Pinar Caglar Genctürk ... Havva
Betül Arim Betül Arim ... Aliye
Nihal Menzil Nihal Menzil ... Naciye
Ece Ercan Ece Ercan ... Rukiye (as Görkem Ece Ercan)
Dilek Yorulmaz Dilek Yorulmaz ... Iclal
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Storyline

Remake of a well-known Turkish musical comedy loved by generations, the film is about the adventures of flirtatious Hurmuz in late 1800's Istanbul. Hurmuz who lives in Taskasap, Istanbul has six husbands in a plot to solve her economic problems. She arranges to meet each of her husbands one day of the week. However, suddenly, she falls in love with the town's doctor whom she meets at her husband's barber shop. The doctor falls in love with her too... But, one night all six husbands come home at the same time, and Hurmuz and Safinaz - Hurmuz's "go-between/accomplice/friend" - find themselves in a series of very awkward yet funny situations. Written by Khaliwali

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Official Sites:

Official site [Turkey]

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

20 November 2009 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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Box Office

Budget:

TRL2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,163,156
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Trivia

There are several things in this movie version that is not in the original play. The characters of Cebrail the Bird Man, Iclal and her mother Naciye, the three old men are not even mentioned in the play. The characters Doctor Hüsrev and his mother Aliye are never officially called by name they are referred to as the Doctor and the Mother respectively. Due to the characters added there are several plot changes as well. See more »

Soundtracks

On Kere Demedim mi?
Music by Sunay Özgür and Ender Akay
Lyric by Anonymous
Performed by Vokaliz
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Another Masterpiece for Turkish cinema from Ezel Akay.
27 February 2010 | by quirinusSee all my reviews

Yet again too much for its audience, who are not able to break their dogmatic historical beliefs.

Previous title from Ezop (Ezel AKAY), was a silver-screen remake of infamous shadow theater play, Hacivat and Karagöz suffered the same reaction. Turkish people are not ready to deal with the image of history in their minds, not ready to accept that the historical characters had their own lives. Movie of Hacivat and Karagöz was , although hammered with realism of Osman Hamdi, a historical comedy. Most of the Jokes were inspired by daily lives of ordinary inhabitants of modern Turkey. Of course there would be inconveniences, the plot is 14th century Bursa, the inspirations about Ottoman lives were from 19th century painter(Osman Hamdi Bey) and lives of modern Turks. Most critics were stuck with warrior dresses of women corps (no hijab), let me tell you some more, coffee was not invented until 2 centuries later, and the best one till middle of 15th century Call to prayer was in Turkic(hope i am not insulting your beliefs). Why didn't anybody criticize this? Although i do not refuse poor performance of some actors,but the rest were superb.

Critics about 7 kocalı Hürmüz, is surprisingly centered on costumes and decorations, which i fell in love at first sight. As much as Hacivat and Karagöz used realist aspects, 7 Kocalı Hürmüz used surrealism of Ottoman miniatures, which left a taste between Smurffs and Simpsons in my cerebrum. Especially 19th century Istanbul was hilarious(much unlike 1001 nights view a western audience would guess, a Turkish would demand), Costumes were extremely surrealist( except for old men in tea garden and handsome Medic),even German Pasha was a mere clown. But hey we are back to comedy genre.

Ezel was mistaken in one point. Trade, mother of all evil, Turkish people wouldn't like(cos they wouldn't understand) such complexity in jokes, set and costume design, and reviewing history from an angle different than they "want to" imagine. They would want to see cheap productions(and cheapest humor) like Maskeli Besler. Another commercial failure for him and for Turkish Cinema.

Perhaps i am looking from an engineer perspective(Ezel is also an engineer), I loved the movie as it is now, and i think both movie and sound track are a must have. It took me to my childhood, as if i was reading Alice in Wonderland, or an Ökkeş story once more, watching my favorite cartoons (not excluding Tom and Jerry), and the best songs from my baby brother. This is more valuable than priceless.


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