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Big Bad Wolves (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 15 August 2013 (Israel)
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After a little girl is brutally murdered, a suspect avoids arrest due to lack of evidence. Working separately, her father and a cop decide to do something about it.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tzahi Grad ... Gidi
Lior Ashkenazi ... Micki
Rotem Keinan ... Dror
Doval'e Glickman ... Yoram (as Dov Glickman)
Menashe Noy ... Rami
Dvir Benedek ... Tsvika
Nati Kluger ... Eti
Kais Nashif ... Stranger on a Horse
Ami Weinberg ... Principal Meir
Guy Adler ... Eli
Arthur Perry Arthur Perry ... Ofer
Gur Bentwich ... Shauli
Yuval Nadborany Yuval Nadborany ... Arik
Alisa Vaisburd Alisa Vaisburd ... School Girl
Guy Shefa Pesso Guy Shefa Pesso ... School Boy


A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some men are created evil.


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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One of the best films of 2013 in Quentin Tarantino's opinion. See more »


While Micki is tied to the pole, his hands can reach to his gag but he never tries to ungag himself. See more »


Gidi: Don't you want to discuss the strategy?
Micki: Strategy?
Gidi: You know... good cop, bad cop?
Micki: There's no room for good cops.
Gidi: No problem. Bad cop, bad cop.
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The closing credits are bilingual English and Hebrew. See more »


References Zinor Layla (2010) See more »


Written by Jonathan Rozen
Performed by Jonathan Rozen
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Simply Amazing
28 February 2014 | by hill-derek7See all my reviews

Right off the bat I'll just have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I was hooked when I saw the trailer, and then finding out Tarantino claimed it to be the "Best Movie of the Year" pretty much meant that I needed to watch it immediately. It was brilliant. However, the trailer is sort of misleading. The trailer sets you up for what seems like a nice, long torture fest. Yes, that is a large part of the movie, but there is so much more going on. And as far as gore goes it's reasonably mellow. Much of the focus is on the suspense. So much so, that at one point I had to pause the movie and was like "I need a beer." The cinematography is great, the audio/soundtrack is SUPERB! It's one of the very few movies where I found myself saying "I have no idea what's going to happen," and I found myself saying this the entire time I was watching the movie.

As I was researching this movie a bit I came across a review on rogerebert.com that I would like to share (and destroy):

"On the face of it, Quentin Tarantino declaring the second-rate Israeli torture thriller "Big Bad Wolves" the best film of 2013 is patently ridiculous, especially given how seriously inferior it is to Tarantino's own work in the grisly exploitation field." - Godfrey Cheshire (rogerebert.com contributor)

First of all, claiming this movie is "second-rate" totally ruins one's credibility as a critic. It is far and away not a second-rate movie. But what gets me even more worked up is not the fact that Mr. Cheshire claims this movie is inferior to Tarantino's work, but for his categorization of this movie into the grisly exploitation field. I love Tarantino and his movies and I wouldn't dare compare Big Bad Wolves to any of them, as Big Bad Wolves is largely different. IT IS NOT A GRISLY EXPLOITATION FILM. Maybe the critic only saw the trailer — I wouldn't put it past him — But this film, while it does include some torture, is much more in depth than any "grisly exploitation film" I've seen.

With all that said, I would just like to reiterate that I loved this movie, and would recommend it as a must-see to anybody who appreciates good filmmaking (and doesn't mind reading subtitles).

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Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Israel) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,342, 19 January 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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