Sallah (1963)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Israel  |  
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Israeli stage and film favorite Topol tops the cast of Sallah. Topol plays a Jewish refugee who moves his family to Israel shortly after the official establishment of that "promised land." Unlike his hard-working new neighbors, Topol is shiftless and lazy, forever finding the easiest, most painless means to support his family. Amazingly, Topol becomes a hero when, while wheeling and dealing, he uncovers misappropriations and corner-cutting in Israel's housing industry. This Menahem Golan production was originally released in Israel as Sallah Shabati.

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family, Israeli [nationality], immigrant, laziness, against-the-system, scheme, bureaucracy