Feature. 87 min.
In Hebrew with English subtitles.
Winner, Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 1972. Winner, Israeli Academy Award, 1972 (later named after Shaike Ophir). Nominee, Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, 1972
This vintage satirical film about the misadventures of an aging Jaffa policeman shows Ephraim Kishon confronting social dilemmas from the perspective of a beleaguered Israeli Everyman, played by the amazing Shaike Ophir. On the eve of his retirement, frustrated beat cop Avram Azoulay (Ophir) encounters religious zealots, comes to the aid of a prostitute, and unwittingly solves a crime staged for his benefit. His incompetence is only matched by his soft-heartedness. His superiors want to see him go, but he would like to stay on the force, and the criminals of Jaffa don’t want him leave either.
Director: Ephraim Kishon
Starring: Shaike Ophir