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An American Hippie in Israel [Blu-ray] [1972] [US Import]

Asher Tzarfato , Shmuel Wolf    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Asher Tzarfato, Shmuel Wolf
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Limited Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hebrew
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Grindhouse Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,089 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far-out and region-free!!!! 2 Oct 2013
Mike, an American Hippie (played by Greek-Israeli actor Asher Tzarfati) head to Israel after 'bumming around Europe' for a while. Not long after arriving he's picked up by a groovy chick and once they get more 'intimately acquainted' in an apparently not faked sex-scene, Mike soon meets up with Israels own happening crowd. After partying down in a shed of some type for a while Mike comes to the decision that they should all find some remote area to start a new life free from the violence and ignorance of the modern world. The plan is endangered somewhat by the machine gun toting mimes that are stalking him and kill most of his new friends. Mike and the three survivors decide to head off anyway and embark on an ultimately doomed journey to find a new life on a rocky island.

If the above synopsis sounds somewhat odd then prepare yourself because American Hippie in Israel is a FAR stranger experience than mere words can describe. The plot is mental, the action and acting over the top and the anti-war symbolism that permeates the movie is at best heavy handed. That said the cinematography is great and the film at least looks good. This is the first and only full length feature film from Amos Serfer, who promptly disappeared off to America as soon as he realized the film was a bomb. Now, thanks to the efforts of Grindhouse releasing the film is finally finding it's audience as Israels first cult movie! The film avoids becoming truly dreadful thanks to it's utter weirdness and the sincerity with which its made. Like the best cult films American Hippie is a truly FUN film to watch.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky 21 Oct 2013
By Bogart
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Its not an especially good film. In its best light, its an allegorical story about youthful idealism and its eventual failings. The actors are good fun, there is some funny hippy dialogue, lots of hugging, a pet goat. It reminded me a lot of a Mondo Macabro release, low budget, cheap, its not going to make your life richer for having seen it, but quirky and some may enjoy it. The soundtrack overstays its welcome a bit but otherwise OK. 15 quid is at the top end of what I would like to pay for a film like this really.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grindhouse Releasing, releases yet another timeless GEM 6 Nov 2013
By Orlando G. Acosta - Published on
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With this one I really just want to say two things;

1. Watch the trailer on You Tube or Grindhouse Releasing's website

2. Buy the damn film while you can. There are only 2000 of these bad boys.

That should conclude my review but it won't. Because that would be getting off the hook too easy.

An American Hippie in Israel is a long lost film from an age of cinema long forgotten. An age where anyone with passion and a few bucks could make something out of nothing. While it may, at first, seem like a stretch to compare An American Hippie in Israel to the likes of THX 1138, American Graffiti, Schlock, A Kentucky Fried Movie and Dementia 13…These films were all made by a pool of auteurs who all had a passion to create something different, with limited resources. I know I am comparing Amos Sefer, who really only made this one film, to George Lucas, John Landis and Francis Ford Copolla, who have had thriving careers. Amos Sefer had the misfortune of making an Israeli movie in a time when it wasn't marketable in any country. Had this not been the case I wonder just how many more memorable films this guy could've made. The fact that Mr. Sefer never got to see just what a phenomenon his film turned out to be -The Rocky Horror-like screenings and such, is saddening to say the least.

But on the positive he left us with an inspiring 'Hebrew Road Pic' to watch, over and over now thanks largely to Grindhouse Releasing.

At it's core this film is about the exploits of an American Vietnam Vet as he pursues a life of true freedom. Having been disillusioned by war he travels to Israel, another country not a stranger to conflict, to find all the freedom, weed and free love he can handle. Along the way he picks up like-minded folks, some of which do not even speak english and he doesn't speak Hebrew, but that doesn't stop him from being a, sort of…Hippie leader. But exactly what does he lead his small band of deodorant fearing buddies to? That I won't spoil. Watch it for yourself.

At 93 minutes the film is very easy to watch. Quite engaging are the many anti war monologues, rampant nudity, drug induced delirium and so forth. The acting is better than one would expect from a director's first outing. Filled with memorable lines, crazy imagery and scenic locales. There were a lot of films made in the late 60's-early 70's that one can draw parallels to but none of them as grossly engaging as An American Hippie in Israel is. Grindhouse Releasing has done a commendable job in cleaning up the transfer in both the audio and visual departments. This is quite evident when watching the un mastered raw cut of the film on the bonus disc.

This release is chalk full of extra goodies…All of them worth repeated viewings.

Long story short…An American Hippie in Israel is FAR OUT COOL! If you love retro cinema or any cinema that breathes new life out from a creators lungs of passion (Seriously you will see what I mean when in my earlier comparisons once you watch), you owe it to yourself to own this important film.

La heim brothers and sisters! La heim!!!!

- Orlando G Acosta, for Cinema Bizarro
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ol' throwback fun 8 Nov 2013
By Matthew Scott Baker - Published on
Don't let the title of this movie fool you; it's not just a peace-preaching hippie flick. It's actually much more than what you would probably give it credit for at first glance. In fact, the last thirty minutes turn the film into a decent sort of horror flick (I use `horror' loosely in this context). Although it is certainly dated, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is entertaining `throwback' fun.

Let me preface this review by stating up front that this film will not be for everyone. It's a low budget feature for sure, and the proof is onscreen. But if you take the film for what it is, you'll enjoy it.

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is not shot well and the acting is atrocious...but both of those aspects are part of the fun. The title itself tells you not to go into this film expecting great things and, well, you shouldn't. But there's something about this 40-year old grindhouse legend that draws the viewer in. I couldn't stop watching it, and that should tell you something.

The obvious anti-war messages are there in both subtle and blatant form. At one point, Mike (the main character) turns towards the camera and proceeds to call everyone offscreen `Fools' for pushing their buttons and starting wars. I chuckled at this, not for the message, but for how it is conveyed; it's just hard for anyone from my generation to take a guy like this seriously.

But when things start going downhill on the island, that's when I got really interested. I have to admit that the sharks looked horribly fake, but I can overlook that. I also don't think that people would regress back to their animalistic sides after a single day of no food or water, but I might be wrong. Still, these aspects only drew me into the film even more so.

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL won't be for everyone, but I liked it. It's a classic throwback film that reminds us of how social and political statements used to be made. And it's simply fun. If you give this one a look, be sure to snag the 3-Disc Special Edition. In addition to superior picture quality and sound, you'll get a limited edition DVD copy of director Amos Sefer's film THE HITCHHIKER; this DVD is not available anywhere else, so don't miss your chance to snatch this one up.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence 13 Sep 2013
By Mac666 - Published on
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This was a great film for anyone whos looking to see something way out of the cookie cutter. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it is packaged awesome like all other Grindhouse Releasing items I have bought in the past.
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is a gem, see it! 20 Feb 2014
By Natan Avram - Published on
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This movie is a gem, no surprise it became a cult movie in Israel. The plot and dialogue are absolutely crazy, and the acting is over the top (and mostly bad), yet the movie takes itself so seriously that the juxtaposition becomes highly amusing.
5.0 out of 5 stars So BAD its GOOD!!! 13 Jan 2014
By Todd Beatty - Published on
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This movie is bad; but i LOVED it...I don't know why it was made, and the world is NOT a better place because of this movie...That being said; get loaded, call your friends, and then wonder as you watch; why did this "Movie" get made??? It's good...
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