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A case of mistaken identity, by a switched Passport leaves a Georgian man stranded in Israel.

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Georgiy Daneliya
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Credited cast:
Gérard Darmon ... Merab Papashvili / Yasha
Natalya Gundareva ... Inga
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Borya
Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ... Senya
Evgeniy Leonov ... Consul
Leonid Yarmolnik ... Borya's companion
Igor Kvasha ... Rabbi
Mamuka Kikaleishvili ... (as Mamuka Kikaleyshvili)
Sharon Hacohen ... Jane (journalist)
Sharon Brandon Sharon Brandon
Nutsa Koguashvili Nutsa Koguashvili
Kim Sullivan Kim Sullivan
Nina Ter-Osipyan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amiran Amiranashvili Amiran Amiranashvili
N. Anokhina N. Anokhina
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A man, who becomes mistaken for his brother who was immigrating to Israel from USSR, finds himself caught up in the middle of a beaurocratic mess when he realizes that if he tells the truth about who he is, he will go to jail and his brother's family will never be allowed to leave the USSR. He therefore assumes his brother's identity to get to Israel hoping his distant uncle living there will help him out. The plan backfires, however, when he realizes that the uncle is a paranoid lunatic thinking the KGB is out to get him. He becomes stranded in Israel with no friends, no money, and no passport, trying to figure out a way to get back home. Written by I. G.

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Gérard Darmon plays two characters; Mehrab, and Yakov (Yasha). See more »

Goofs

When Merab is calling from Israel on the phone, the PA speaker is set up so that his father who is in the mountains could hear what he says. But he is able to hear what his father responds even though the father is out in the mountains without any microphones. See more »

Quotes

Merab Papashvili: Where are we?
Borya: Sohnut, a place from where Jews go to Israel.
Merab Papashvili: So you're Jewish now?
Borya: What else would I be? My grandmother was Jewish, you want to see my papers?
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Soviet Union | France | Austria

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Georgian | Russian | English | German

Release Date:

21 August 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Moscow, Russia See more »

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