Holy Rollers

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story of a young Hasidic man who was lured into the world of international drug trafficking in the late 90s.
Director(s): Kevin Asch
Production: First Independent Pictures
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

[ siren wails in distance ]

[ indistinct shouting

in distance ]

Excuse me.

Are you jewish?

Maybe you want to come inside

and pray, do a mitzvah?

Huh? Sammy. Sammy,

come help the man. Sam.

Happy hanukkah.

You're always welcome.

[ sam speaking hebrew ]

[ mid-tempo music plays ]

[ indistinct conversations ]

[ siren wailing in distance ]

[ indistinct conversations ]

You're late!

I know. I know.

Happy hanukkah to you.


Oh, it's the goylem.

Why didn't you tell me

the horrible goylem was going?

Don't scare me, goylem.

Nothing works

in this house.

I know.

I heard you.

Here you go, kvetcher.

Stop kvetching.

Stop kvetching.

[ yankel laughs ]


Move up.

You're one heavy monster,

you goylem.

How's my latkes?

Oh, not so good, unless

you like your food cold.

I need you in the den.

Sure, sure.

Hold on. Hold on.


it's important.

More important

than hanukkah?

All right, all right.

Look what your mameleh

is doing to me.

Tateh, I'll tell you when

the first latke is ready.


[ chuckles ]

That's my bubeleh.

Don't forget, you've got a

lesson with the rebbe tomorrow.

Don't be strict with that.

Two more pages!

Tateh, I know.

Do you want a taste?

I want to meet her.

Please? Just an introduction.

You know you're not allowed

to talk to her yet.

I want to know

what she's like.

I have to turn on the lights.

Do your chores.

[ rebbe singing in hebrew ]

Amen. Amen.

Amen. Amen.

Ruth, watch your brother.

I will, mama.

Thank you.

Yes. Shmuel.

Don't be intimidated

by her.

The lazars are a family.

Maybe they have a few more

dollars than we have.

Maybe they have

a stove that actually works.

They're just a family,

like us, all right?

[ indistinct conversations ]

I see the two children

were playing?

Maybe too much sugar?

Take yankel.

He has to wash his hands.

Zei gezunt.

Go take a walk.

Hi. Happy hanukkah.

I got you a present.

Oh, I'm not so sure!

[ laughs ]



You're gonna be

a good rabbi, shmuel.

One more time.

Let's try it. Let's see.

Maybe I should continue

to work with you.


We talked about it.

I could make more gelt

with you.

That's a good idea.

Why? Why is it

such a good idea?

Why? What have I taught you,


He -- the man

who immerses himself

In a desire

for money is always --

Remember that, always --

in debt.

I don't understand

why it's such a bad thing

To make a little gelt.

Yeah, I don't want to

marry a poor man.

Ah, bubeleh,

you'll be lucky

If any man marries you

with that pisk.


Well, she -- she --

She has a lot of chutzpah

to talk -- okay.

Pass the latkes.


Every single piece

of fabric that I own

Comes from this store.

I know that. That's why I'm not

profiting on this deal.

Look, ma'am, your daughter

will have a beautiful dress

Made from the finest silk

in thailand, all right?

You know, I don't even

want to deal with you.

Where's mendel?

Mendel -- mendel's not here

right now. I'm sorry.

He's not here? Mendel!

Go to another store

on this block.

They deal in cheap,

shoddy material.


Look who's here!

Okay, thank you.

Mazel tov.

Mazel tov, mendel.

The big girl is turning -- what?

Seorita's 15, 16?

Thank you

for remembering.

Now, can you

help me out here?

qu pas? qu pas?

Nothing pas.

Look, ma'am, all right,

I'll do 75% silk,

I'm sorry. That's it.

Just --

just go get it.

Go get it.

Yeah. Go get it.

I hope you'll treat your wife

better than this box.

You let her off too easy,


She has money.

She's loyal.

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Antonio Macia

Antonio Macia is an American screenwriter and actor. The son of Argentine and Chilean immigrants, Antonio was born and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in International Studies. He then served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where he worked with Hispanic communities.In 2002, Macia wrote and co-starred in his first feature film, Anne B. Real. The film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.Macia wrote the screenplay for the 2010 film Holy Rollers. more…

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