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Cup Final (1991)

Gmar Gavi'a (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 1991 (Israel)
An Israeli soldier is taken hostage by a small PLO squad in lebanon. The soldier planned to go on vacation and to fly to the world final soccer cup (mondial), he and his capturers share the... See full summary »

Director:

Eran Riklis

Writer:

Eyal Halfon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Moshe Ivgy ... Cohen
Mohammad Bakri ... Ziad (as Mohammed Bakri)
Salim Dau ... Mussa
Bassam Zo'amat ... Abu Eyash
Yussuf Abu-Warda ... George (as Youssef Abou Warda)
Suhel Haddad ... Omar
Gassan Abbas Gassan Abbas ... Shukri
Sharon Alexander ... Lt. Gallili
Johnny Arbid Johnny Arbid ... Fatchi
Sami Samir Sami Samir ... Halil
Meir Suissa ... Dr. Beni
Gadi Poor Gadi Poor ... Haimon (as Gadi Fur)
Victor Kamar Victor Kamar ... Abu Yussef
Rada Ibrahim Rada Ibrahim ... Yussef's Wife
Roberto Pollack ... Davidi (as Roberto Pollak)
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An Israeli soldier is taken hostage by a small PLO squad in lebanon. The soldier planned to go on vacation and to fly to the world final soccer cup (mondial), he and his capturers share the love to soccer and toward the (not so happy) end a relationship is made. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Israel

Language:

English | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

1991 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Eran Riklis got off to a good start here
18 September 2019 | by NozzSee all my reviews

A man wanders outside his country, befriends people who are ostensibly unlike the people at home, has some adventures and some heart-to-heart conversations, and comes back having learned a lesson. The same narrative framework recurs again and again in the films of Israeli director Eran Riklis, along with a propensity to sympathetically present the Arab point of view. "Cup Final" is an early example, focusing on an Israeli soldier who is alone behind enemy lines in Lebanon, and it was very popular at the time although Riklis has gone over similar material since with more artistic success-- in "Zaytoun," for example. "Cup Final" seems to use the entire pantheon of well-known Israeli Arab movie actors, and they acquit themselves well although the script is sketchy. Some are still familiar faces more than 25 years later. The star, though-- Moshe Ivgy-- was eventually knocked off his pedestal by the local me-too movement.


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