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Deli Man (2014)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 12 November 2014 (USA)
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A look at the history of delicatessens in the United States.





Credited cast:
Steve Auerbach Steve Auerbach ... Himself
Adam Caslow Adam Caslow ... Himself
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself
Fyvush Finkel ... Himself
Kenny Friedman Kenny Friedman ... Himself
J. Mackye Gruber J. Mackye Gruber ... Himself
Mimi Gruber Mimi Gruber ... Herself
Ziggy Gruber ... Himself
Dennis Howard Dennis Howard ... Himself
Larry King ... Himself
Jay Parker Jay Parker ... Himself
Freddie Roman ... Himself
Jerry Stiller ... Himself
Michael Wex Michael Wex ... Himself


This documentary focuses on Ziggy Gruber, who co-owns a large deli in Houston and is also the grandson of the original owner of the Rialto Deli, the first Kosher deli to open on Broadway in New York City in the 1920s. The deli is the main love in this man's life. While the film also covers other famous Jewish delis in Manhattan, Queens, Los Angeles and San Francisco and their histories, the emphasis is on the cultural aspects of the food and how the culture and the desire for this food is disappearing. There were once thousands of these delis and now there's fewer than 150 left in the entire U.S. Such luminaries as Larry King, Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel, Freddie Roman and Alan Dershowitz as well as various deli owners express their love for the culture and the food. Written by ZoetMB

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language


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Release Date:

12 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A szendvicses See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,321, 1 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$484,000, 3 May 2015
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Did You Know?


Kenny & Ziggy's is a deli located in Houston right across the Galleria. See more »

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24 March 2015 | by rnc55See all my reviews

I love deli food and I loved this movie. The historical stuff was fascinating, while Ziggy, the main focus, is delightful and lovable. I really have nothing bad to say EXCEPT-- the deli they featured in San Francisco is the only one in the movie that doesn't stick to traditional deli food, but specializes in chi-chi California Cuisine- style variations on the theme. Okay great. But most restaurants in San Francisco, featuring ANY type of cuisine, do the same thing. It's not noteworthy for any restaurant in SF to feature smoked caramelized arugula drizzle. So the filmmakers should have shown a traditional Jewish deli in San Francisco-- - THAT would be special. And one does exist. I went there after the movie and had a heavenly whitefish salad sandwich.

Okay, rant over. Despite that one major flaw, it's still a great movie.

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