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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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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 »

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Vision Fugitive
By Jules Massenet
From The Opera HERODIADE
Sung by Severin Weingort
Piano: Derek Bampton
Oud Player: Bishara Harb
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this movie could be one of the best movies ever made
3 January 2007 | by lzeppelin09See all my reviews

this movie could be one of the best movies ever made, for it's atmosphere so ironic and dramatic, wrapped in soft melancholy so to let you feel everything that's Canadian in Leonard Cohen's songs. if anyone doesn't understand that, they should probably not watch the movie. this is not a movie for stupid people to brag afterward that they have seen "the worst movie ever"... the movie is tagged as a "comedy". well then, this is the comedy to watch, for it doesn't get more comical then life not for an instant. it just acutes the senses and wakes the spirit by wrapping the action into a

kind of slow, drifting carelessness. Canada, "the promised land", is where everything is new, but easy to accept, if not to understand. this is what makes it like heaven for before death. the entire movie gives the feeling that life is being allowably watched taking its course, but the soft ironic-sadness feeling does not disappear. maybe because the only one watching that the human spirit reaches heaven is the spirit itself and that infinity only allows a heaven before we die.


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