The Real Shlemiel

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"In a village of fools, he's a hero."
  • G
  • 1995
  • 1 hr 17 min
  • 5.1  (176)

The Real Shlemiel is a heartwarming and comedic tale that tells the story of a young man named Shlemiel who is a bit of a clumsy and naive goofball. The film, which was released in 1995, is based on the award-winning children's book of the same name by Isaac Bashevis Singer. The movie begins with Shlemiel, played by Tommy J. Michaels, living with his parents in a small village in Poland. He spends his days doing odd jobs around the village and dreaming of one day becoming a great rabbi. Despite his good intentions, Shlemiel has a knack for getting himself into trouble and often finds himself the butt of the village's jokes.

One day, Shlemiel accidentally spills hot soup on an important visitor to the village, a rabbi named Elijah the Prophet, played by Ronn Carroll. As a result of the mishap, Elijah curses Shlemiel and tells him that he will never be able to do anything right. Feeling ashamed and embarrassed, Shlemiel leaves his village and sets out on a journey to prove Elijah wrong.

Along the way, Shlemiel meets a host of colorful characters, including a talking fish, played by Tovah Feldshuh, and a group of mischievous demons who play tricks on him. Through his adventures, Shlemiel learns important lessons about friendship, perseverance, and the true meaning of success.

Throughout the film, Tommy J. Michaels gives a standout performance as the bumbling yet endearing Shlemiel. He brings a childlike innocence and charm to the role that makes the character instantly likable. Ronn Carroll is also excellent as the stern and gruff Elijah, who serves as both a villain and a mentor to Shlemiel.

The Real Shlemiel is a delightful and entertaining movie that will appeal to audiences of all ages. The film's lighthearted humor and positive message make it a great choice for families to enjoy together. Its timeless themes of self-discovery and personal growth make it a classic tale that will continue to resonate with audiences for generations to come.

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    1 hr 17 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.1  (176)