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Holy Rollers (2010)

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In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel.

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Kevin Asch

Writer:

Antonio Macia
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Sam Gold
Justin Bartha ... Yosef Zimmerman
Ari Graynor ... Rachel Apfel
Danny A. Abeckaser ... Jackie Solomon
Mark Ivanir ... Mendel Gold
Elizabeth Marvel ... Elka Gold
Jason Fuchs ... Leon Zimmerman
Q-Tip ... Ephraim
Hallie Eisenberg ... Ruth Gold
Bern Cohen ... Rebbe Horowitz
Stella Keitel ... Zeldy Lazar
David Vadim ... Mr. Maxim
Charlie Hewson ... Andrew (The Goy) (as Charles Hewson)
Penny Bittone ... Ivan
Ori Pfeffer ... Israeli Gangster
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Inspired by a true story of a young Hasidic man who was lured into the world of international drug trafficking in the late 90s. Written by Carter

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In 1998, 1 million ecstasy pills were smuggled into the USA by a group of Hasidic Jews.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language throughout, and brief sexual material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

23 December 2010 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminhos Opostos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,685, 23 May 2010

Gross USA:

$303,064

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$608,027
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Many of the extras in the film were Satmar Hasidim, who would spontaneously offer prayers and blessings at appropriate points in movie scenes, even though those were not scripted. See more »

Goofs

About 40 minutes into the movie, when the European drug lord shows his operation, he says "This thing's capable of producing 300 pills a minute, over 100,000 an hour." However, 300 pills a minute would account for 18,000 per hour. See more »

Quotes

Andrew (The Goy): I never heard jews complain so much about making money... Jesus christ.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits mention the ring was responsible for importing over a million "Ecstacy" pills (should be "Ecstasy") See more »


Soundtracks

Beat Box
Performed by Matisyahu
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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drug smuggling in unexpected settings
8 July 2012 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Kevin Asch's "Holy Rollers" tells the story of a group of Hasidic Jews recruited as mules to smuggle ecstasy from the Netherlands to the United States. In addition to the main story, there's also a look into the Hasidic world. The main character Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg) is expected to marry a woman chosen for him, and he is shown to be afraid to touch a woman not chosen for him. The movie shows the Hasidim having a lifestyle very similar to the evangelical Christians. The look at Sam's life keeps the audience interested in him, but most of the characters aren't really developed enough. Even so, the movie mostly held my attention, both as a look at the drug smuggling story, and a look at the Hasidic culture. Worth seeing.


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