An American Hippie In Israel!

The ultimate trip became a wild psychedelic nightmare for…

AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL (1972)

Mike is an American hippie traveling around the world on an endless quest for pretty girls and freedom. His barefoot adventures take him to Israel, where he hitchhikes and lands a ride from a sexy redhead named Elizabeth. Elizabeth is naturally curious about Mike’s hippie lifestyle, and invites him back to her place for a relaxing afternoon of coffee and making love. Mike shares with Elizabeth a few of his tender kisses and twisted memories. You must have heard of the Vietnam war. Mike was a 19 year old virgin who had been ordered to become a murdering machine. That’s why Mike bums around. Trying to run away from this stinking world. From the society that turns us into messengers of doom…into robots.

Mike pines for a place, far away from everything. A place of total isolation where he and Elizabeth can live as they want. They take a stroll through the city and encounter a really groovy gaggle of hippies. This quickly leads to the inevitable dope smoking, free loving, and bad folk music. Mike easily convinces the others to join in his quest for total freedom. Just when the hippie jam fest is about to get into full swing, a ruthless pair of robot assassins crashes the party and mows down the happy hippies with machine guns! 

Once the smoke clears, the only survivors are hippie Mike, Elizabeth, and another hippie couple consisting of one very hot chick and one very ugly dude. The four freaks bond together as a family and make a vow to laugh, love, and share the wonderful feeling. They then decide to relocate to a small deserted island not far from the shore where they can freak out and frolic in peace. But someday the children will pay for taking time to play. The time to pay comes the next day, when the hippies wake up to discover that their boat and all of their supplies had washed away in the tide. The gang then find themselves stranded without food or water, surrounded by shark infested waters. The island paradise quickly becomes a really bad scene as the women go mad and the men turn into savages. Looking for kicks and freedom in a land far away from home, the ultimate trip became a wild psychedelic nightmare for an American hippie in Israel!

   

This flick can best be summed up in three words: totally fucking bananas! The (hopefully) rare example of an Israeli Hippie-ploitation flick, AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL was the masterwork of writer and director Amos Sefer. Amos had a unique vision of free loving hippies seeking total freedom from society, chased around the globe by the evil machinery of civilization, who at the push of a button could degenerate into monsters. Luckily for the dumbfounded viewer, his unique vision also included silver faced mimes with machine guns, bloodthirsty sharks, stark raving mad neanderthal hippies, and a horny hippie co-star who looks like Michael “The Hills Have Eyes” Berryman’s far less attractive Israeli cousin! Most of the unintentional laughs come from the incredibly melodramatic monologues spewed forth from our hitchhiking hero, where he gets to express his disgust at the world and how full of shit it really is. The last act of the film, where the stranded hippies begin to go mad and turn on each other is absolutely over the top and utterly hilarious.

I had been waiting to see this flick for over a decade, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is a fucking BLAST! This is hands down one of the funniest, most entertaining flicks I have watched in ages, and it was well worth the long wait. My first exposure to this tripped out madness came back in 2002 when I picked up the original Fangoria/Box Office Spectaculars DVD release of I DRINK YOUR BLOOD. The trailer for “American Hippie” was included in the bonus features, and it was one of the most odd and hilarious things I had ever seen. I would watch that crazy trailer over and over, and was always on the lookout for a copy of the film – which did not seem to actually exist. Over the years, I would always see the trailer pop up on other incredible Grindhouse Releasing DVDs such as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, CANNIBAL FEROX, PIECES, THE BEYOND, and CAT IN THE BRAIN, and after ten long years of anticipation – it is a real treat to finally have a copy of this cult clas-sick in my collection!

As to be expected with Box Office Spectaculars and Grindhouse Releasing, this is a seriously amazing, top notch release. AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is presented in an incredible 3 disc set: a Blu-Ray/DVD combo that also includes a bonus DVD! That’s right, you get the Blu-Ray PLUS two DVDs all in one groovy looking package that really pays proper respect to the long lost psychedelic clas-sick. The bonus dvd features THE HITCHHIKER – the uncensored director’s cut of the movie, and is only available in this limited edition release. The bonus features include deleted scenes, in depth interviews with stars Asher Tzarfati and Scmuel Wolf, featurettes highlighting the film’s long awaited re-release in Israel, still galleries, trailers, optional Hebrew sub-titles, and a bonus audio track that allows the viewer to enjoy “The Beverly Cinema Experience” and laugh along with an audience. I can’t recommend this one highly enough! This is a must see flick and a must have for any respectable Blu-Ray/DVD collection. Shut your ass, then buy or die!

KEEP THE HIPPIE BLOOD FLOWING!!!

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2 Responses to “An American Hippie In Israel!”

  1. Really wanna see this. I love all the Grindhouse Releasing titles. Glad they’re moving on after the death of Sage Stallone.

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