Young American hippie and war veteran Mike (Asher Tzarfati) travels to Israel shortly after his involvement in Vietnam. Hitchhiking and "bumming around" hippie Mike meets up with three Israelis along his journey; stage actress Elizabeth (Lily Avidan), another female hippie friend (Tzila Karney), and her Hebrew-speaking boyfriend Komo (Shmuel Wolf). They join a larger group of hippies and decide to form an isolated community on a deserted island, where they can live in peace "without clothes, without government, and without borders."
The hippies are not without their problems and find them in two gun-toting, top hat-clad, mime-like enforcers (who regularly appear out of nowhere) and who are out to make Mike's life miserable. Reviewer Brian Orndorf notes; "Sefer doesn't explain who these guys are or what they're ultimately after, hinting that the duo might be the personification of "the Man" out to silence the hippie uproar."
They finally arrive at their intended destination and park their car on shore, using a small dinghy boat to row their way out to the island. Upon reaching the tiny isolated land mass, the elated hippies do a free-form dance, skinny dip and, when dusk hits, settle in for some canned food by the fireside. That night, the hippies pronounce their love for freedom and for each other as well as proclaiming how "full of shit" the world is. They wake up the following morning, however, to discover that both their boat and lamb have mysteriously vanished overnight.
Although Mike makes a valiant effort, shark-infested waters make it impossible to swim back to the mainland where the car sits on the shore. As the women get hungry and tempers begin to flare, the men forage for food, winding up with little more than a handful of barnacles Mike managed to scrub off some rocks. The discovery of the still very much alive lamb leads to the final apocalyptic scene. The idyllic situation quickly descends into paradise lost as the dark true nature of unregenerate man, hippie rhetoric notwithstanding, is laid bare.
The death of the hippie dream as told by someone who had only a superficial understanding of what the subculture was really about it feels like. The movie includes a few surrealistic sequences (men with tape recorders for heads), nudity, regurgitated hippie slang that loses all meaning and a couple of very fake looking sharks.
An absurd low-budget flick about a hippie who wants to create a community that lives totally free. He isn't good at it as we learn in the course of the movie. The movie certainly isn't "good" but it has its charm. Especially the great-looking practical sharks should put a smile on everyone's face. I was irritated by the lack of soundtrack in a surrealistic scene that was kinda ruined by being completely silent. Now that I think about it there isn't much plot to this at all. But somehow it still manages to be a fun time.
Start the new year with this dumb fucking movie. One of the dumbest movies I've ever seen. Dumb acting, dumb songs, dumb everything! But you'll laugh your dumb fucking head off for sure. Ed Wood shit here. The hippie dancing to an imaginary soundtrack is retarted. The anti war rant is maybe the most stupid shit Ive ever heard. "You fools! Stop pushing buttons! You fools! Fools! Fools! Fools! Stop pushing buttons!". 2 stars for the giggles only. Right on! Out of sight! Beautiful! You dumb fucking film!
Israeli actor Asher Tzarfati stars as Mike, an American Vietnam vet turned hippie that since getting out of the service has been enjoying a life of leisure traveling around Europe and other places overseas. His latest trip is to Israel. When he gets off the plane he has no place to go and sits on the side of the road trying to thumb a ride. He's soon picked up by a young woman named Elizabeth (Lilli Avidan). Mike explains what he's been doing and the two end up at her home where they make love and decide to stay together awhile. Afterwards, Mike and Elizabeth breezily walk through town in search of more young people like themselves who want to live free of all the constraints of society, including the violence and war that goes on. Soon they form a small commune and stop at a deserted building to enjoy a festive musical performance by two women. Unfortunately their peaceful, wine sipping, pot smoking love-in is destroyed by two men that have been following Mike wherever he goes. They look like gangster mimes and they swiftly gun down all the hippies in the place. Luckily Mike, Elizabeth and two others, Como (Shmuel Wolf) and his girl Francoise (Tzila Karney) are left alive.
This short 93 minute cult classic follows a guy named Mike (Asher Tzarfati), who is of course the American Hippie who is still haunted by his nightmares from serving in Vietnam. He travels to Israel for peace and relaxation and meets a rich and beautiful girl named Elizabeth (Lily Avidan). The two hit it off and share the same free political views as they take to having sex constantly. The duo meets up with another group of hippies of the sex revolution of the 60s and 70s and tour over Israel taking in the sights and sounds.
However, mass amounts of nudity, drugs, and sex come to a halt once two painted men that looks like government mafia goons in top hats enter the scene and begin gunning down hippies (literally), specifically, Mike's followers and friends. Just like one of the first shots of the film, a giant ugly steamroller drives over a beautiful vast land of pretty flowers, destroying its beauty, love, and peace. I think Sefer wanted to say that in so many words with these painted men, gunning down these hippies.
Well, Mike and Elizabeth and a couple of others escape to a remote island and hope to be rid of the painted men and build a life of drugs, sex, and free speech. However, after their first night there, their boat is gone along with their pet goat. And they can't make a life raft or swim across, because killer sharks are swimming the waters around the island. Soon, these hippies transform into something the opposite of love and peace in order to survive.
Grindhouse Releasing is proud to present the highly-anticipated release of one of cult cinema's legendary lost classics. Machine gun wielding mimes, robots, blood thirsty sharks, free loving debauchery and poignant anti-war monologues by raving mad hippies, all this and more is present in writer-director-prophet Amos Sefer's allegorical independent film, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL. Far out!Special Features: Spectacular new hi-definition digital restoration of the original U.S. theatrical version, Six controversial scenes deleted from the original release, In-depth interviews with stars Asher Tzarfati and Shmuel Wolf, Asher Tzarfati - An Israeli Actor in Israel - bonus featurette, Interview with production manager Moshe Berman, Interview with singer/co-star Susan Devore, Channel 10 Tel Avi news segment, A Cult is Born - featurette on revival in Tel Aviv, 16mm screen tests, Be Careful Children - Amos Sefer 16mm short film, Bonus 5.1 audio track - The Beverly Cinema Experience, Liner notes by acclaimed horror novelist John Skipp, Still galleries, trailer, filmographies, Optional Hebrew sub-titles, Grindhouse Releasing prevues of coming attractions, AND OTHER SURPRISES!