I Like Mike

106 Minutes, 1961
Genre:
Feature

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Directed by: Peter Frye
Cast: Batia Lancet, Zeev Berlinsky, Gideon Zinger, Chaim Topol, Ilana Robina, Seymour Gitin, Geula Nuni, Avner Hizkiyahu
Production:Mordechai Navon, Yitzhak Agadati, Jacques Steiner
Production Company:Geva Films Ltd.
Photographer: Nissim (Nicho) Leon
Original Music: Arie Levanon
Languages: English, Hebrew
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Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Mrs. Yaffa Arieli dreams of marrying off her daughter to an American millionaire, but the young Tamar is already hung up on a military combat officer. The mother’s brother, a hippie cabby, one day picks up a fare – his passenger, Michael (aka Mike), is the son of a Texan millionaire and is in Israel on a quick visit.
On his way to Israel, whilst leafing through an Israeli magazine, Mike was mesmerised by the photo of a female soldier of Yemenite origins and has vowed to find her; a plan which of course completely clashes with Ms. Arieli’s, who is now putting pressure on Mike to give her daughter a chance. Peter Frye’s 1961 film, starring Haim Topol, was the first Hebrew-speaking film, set in Israel, to become a box office hit.

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