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Books and Work: Movies: The Big Dig

English Title: The Big Dig
Alternative English Title: The Blaumilch Canal Hebrew Title: Te'alat Blaumilch (תעלת בלאומילך)
Year: 1969


In The Big Dig deals with Kasimir Blaumilch, a crazy street worker who escaped from a loony-bin. This lunatic pinches a pneumatic drill and starts to fling open the streets of Tel Aviv, destroying the main traffic junction, thus bringing the whole public life to a standstill. The politicians meanwhile hold themselves mutualy responsible for the chaos and don't act. After days Kasimir Blaumilch reaches the sea. Waters comes over the city. The mayor of the city proudly presents "the new Blaumilch channel"


  • Autor: Ephraim Kishon
  • Director: Ephraim Kishon
  • Producer: Ephraim Kishon, Rony Yacov
  • Companies: Sender Freies Berlin, Canal Plus
  • Country: Deutschland, Israel, USA
  • Orginal Language: Hebräisch
  • Languages: Deutsch, Englisch
  • Runtime: 89 (87dt.)
  • Colour: Farbfilm (Eastmancolor)
  • Sound: Mono
  • Camera: Manny Wynn, David Garfinkel
  • Cut: Peter Musgrave
  • Ton: Sidney Squires
  • Original Music: Noam Sherif
  • Production Design: Karl Schneider
  • Art Department: Danny Perlman
  • Second Unit Director or Assistant Director: Aharon Shemi
  • Cinematographie: Manny Wynn
  • Actors:
    • Bomba Tzur: Blaumilch
    • Nissim Azikri: Ziegler
    • Shraga Friedman: Dr. Avigdor Kooiybishevsky
    • Gideon Singer: Levkowicz
    • Mosko Alkalai: Schultheiss
    • Albert Cohen:
    • Oded Teomi: Dentist
    • Rina Gamor: Wife of the dentist
    • Miriam Gavrieli: Devorah
    • Zaharira Harifai: social welfare worker
    • Amer Hizkiyahu: Zuckermann
    • Ephraim Kishon: Driver
    • Elisheva Michaeli: Dvora
    • Rivka Michaeli: cleaning lady
    • Shai K. Ophir: Policeman
    • Aviva Paz: secretary of Dr. Kubishevsky
    • Tsippi Shavit: Operator in Tel-Aviv City Hall
    • Uri Zuhar: Orchestra Conductor
    • Avraham Ronai: Mr. Kosla, Asst. to the mayor
    • Nathan Wolpowitz: Mayor
    • Rbuven Bar-Yotam: Foreman
Opening scene from the movie