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The Lizard (2004)

Marmoulak (original title)
A recently jailed petty thief disguises as a Mullah and succeeds in escaping; but has to stay in the Mullah' role longer than he expected to.

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Kamal Tabrizi
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Cast

Credited cast:
Parviz Parastui ... Reza Marmoulak
Bahram Ebrahimi Bahram Ebrahimi ... (as Bahram Ibrahimi)
Shahrokh Foroutanian Shahrokh Foroutanian ... Hajji Reza Ahmadi
Farideh Sepah Mansour Farideh Sepah Mansour ... Motazedi's Mother
Maedeh Tahmasebi Maedeh Tahmasebi ... Ozra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ali Abedini Ali Abedini ... Jackson
Ra'na Azadivar Ra'na Azadivar ... Fayezeh (as Rana Azadvar)
Cyrus Hemati Cyrus Hemati ... Mojtaba
Reza Mirzaei Reza Mirzaei ... Amir Mohammadi (as Reza Mirzaeifar)
Farzin Mohades Farzin Mohades ... The Soldier with Sunglasses
Mehran Rajabi Mehran Rajabi ... Shojaei
Soheyla Razavi Soheyla Razavi ... Fayezeh's Mother
Sepehr Rezanoor Sepehr Rezanoor ... The boy
Reza Saeedi Reza Saeedi ... Atef
Amin Salahloo Amin Salahloo ... Yaser
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Storyline

Satirical commentary on clergymen in post-revolutionary Iran. While in prison, petty criminal Reza (Parviz Parastui) comes across a clergyman, sparking a plan for escape. Reza dons his new acquaintance's clerical robes and makes a bid for freedom. He soon learns that being a clergyman brings little respect from the public. Reza travels to the outlying villages, from where he plots to escape the country. However, his plans must be put on hold when the villagers accept him into their community and expect him to perform religious duties. Will Reza's prison break transform him into an unlikely pillar of the community? Written by IMVBox.com

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

24 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lizard See more »

Filming Locations:

Tehran, Iran See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Faradis See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shown for 2 weeks in Iranian theaters, but was quickly pulled since it was deemed too insolent towards Islamic clerics. See more »

Quotes

Mojtaba: Haji,in North Pole we have six months of nights and six months of days. How can we say our day and night prayers over there?
Reza Marmoulak: You look at me as if you have a bus ticket for the North Pole and you want to leave right now!
Reza Marmoulak: Actually, there are differences among the clergy over this issue. Some of them believe that we Muslims should never go tho North Pole because we are used to warm climates and the cold weather will bother us. So why should we go to a place where we might freeze to death?
Mojtaba: Then, if...
[...]
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Connections

Remake of We're No Angels (1989) See more »

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Humorous, yet, touching and profound film
13 December 2006 | by farzin989See all my reviews

I, as an Iranian, think this is by far one of the greatest films I have ever seen in my life, and although you may think that I'm bias, I was actually born and raised in the United States. The move was a comedy, yes, it was funny, but that is a very minor element in this film where I think profound Iranian culture, spirituality, and decency was brilliantly portrayed. I have seen this move over 5 times, and each time I watch it, I am refreshed by the moving inspiration and profound subtleties of the film.

This movie beautifully depicts the traditional outlook of mullahs (as well as the common traditional believers in Iran), and the universal spirituality of being a true believer. If this movie is merely interpreted as a jest to put down mullahs, or as a pure comical film of the trenches of disguise and deceit, then I feel sorry for that viewer's simplistic view. Well-done to the director for making this masterful film, and I'm sorry for the non-Iranians who will probably only get 30 % of the essence and meaning of this film.

Lastly, this film IS prevalent and easily ACCESSIBLE in Iran, and it is on DVD.


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