Hit Song

95 Minutes, 1979
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Directed by: Assi Dayan
Cast: Yisrael (Polly) Poliakov, Shaike Levi, Gavri Banai, Ofra Haza, Shula Revach, Moshe Ish-Kassit, Menachem Zilberman, Zvika Pik, Yaron London
Production:Yaakov Kotzki
Photographer: Dani Schneor
Original Music: Zvika Pik
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Screenwriter and director Assi Dayan’s second collaboration with legendary Israeli comedy trio, HaGashah HaHiver (‘the pale tracker’), failed to recapture the success of the 1976 smash hit, Halfon Hill Doesn’t Answer; and yet, upwards of 250,000 people saw the film in cinemas which, in time, became a bona fide cult classic. Shemesh (Gavri Banai) works in a garage run by the shifty and dishonest Foxman (Yisrael Poliakov) and has dreams of becoming a John Travolta-esque dancer. To that end, he enlists the services of dance instructor, Dr. Shuki Hephtziba (Shaike Levi), yet another con artist. In the most memorable scene from this utterly bonkers slapstick comedy, Foxman and Hephtziba (Levi and Poliakov) crash a shiva and pretend to have been friends with the deceased, whom they believe was a rich man. Yet another scene that was etched into collective consciousness was the one in which a young Ofra Haza sang her iconic Frecha (‘bimbo’) song in a nightclub, accompanied by a blind pianist played by Assi Dayan.

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