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Jacob's feet are so turned out that he walks like Charlie Chaplin. He is different because of that and decides to emigrate from Palestine to Canada, where "everyone is equal". There ... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Velasquez Andy Velasquez ... Jacob
Giancarlo Giannini ... Thief
Joanna Pacula ... Selma
Geoffrey Lower ... Sterrea
Burt Young ... Pollof
Joseph Bologna ... (as Joe Bologna)
Omar Sharif ... Khalil Gibran
Hannin Eisa Abu-Alhumos Hannin Eisa Abu-Alhumos ... Baby Jacob
Mohammad Eisa Abu-Alhumos Mohammad Eisa Abu-Alhumos ... Baby Jacob
Lutuf Nouasser ... Jacob's Father (as Loutof Noeissr)
Geula Nuni ... Jacob's Mothert (as Geula Ninu)
Ruti Moinster Ruti Moinster ... Nora
Yitzhak Ne'eman Yitzhak Ne'eman ... Wise Man
Stan Wai Stan Wai ... Informant
Alex Brown Alex Brown ... Smuggler
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Storyline

Jacob's feet are so turned out that he walks like Charlie Chaplin. He is different because of that and decides to emigrate from Palestine to Canada, where "everyone is equal". There everybody treats him kindly, and a thief specializing in stealing money from cash machines takes him into his home and treats him like a son, waitress Selma finds him a job as a Chaplin imitator, "prophet" Khalil Gibran gives him wise advice. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language, and for elements of sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2004 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Mennyország és pokol között See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Selma shows Jacob a Charlie Chaplin movie, she tells him it was made in 1928. The film they are watching, "The Cure," was made in 1917. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credit: "This is a personal story, the story of my life. I kindly ask you to keep it between you and me!" See more »

Connections

Features The Cure (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

Angel
By C. Dixon, Steve Shelski (as S. Shelski), George Brasovan (as G. Brasovan)
Steve Shelski Music Inc.
© Diamond Didy Music Publishing
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Jacob leaves the Holy Land to find a better life in Canada
23 August 2011 | by graham_browneSee all my reviews

I cannot understand why anyone should describe this as a terrible film. If it were terrible I would not have been able to watch it as many times as I have. Technically it may have its faults, but overall it has a certain charm and some of the performances are a joy to behold.

It is true that much of the film is baffling. It is true that much of it doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the real world things don't all add up nicely, and many things are never explained (or capable of explanation).

I particularly liked Selma, the thief and Jacob, and was fascinated by the final scene with the violinist. No I don't understand the film, but I must say I enjoy it enormously.


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