The Policeman is the international release title of a 1971 Israeli feature movie, written and directed by satirist Ephraim Kishon. Its Hebrew title is HaShoter Azoulay (השוטר אזולאי; The Policeman Azoulay). The title character is played by Shaike Ophir (credited as Shay K. Ophir), in what is considered one of his finest performances.
The movie was nominated for the 1972 Academy Award for best foreign-language film, and won the Golden Globe in the same category. It won several other awards, such as best foreign film in the Barcelona film festival and best director in the Monte Carlo festival. In Israel it is considered a cinematic classic.
Officer Avraham Azoulay is a patrolman in Tel-Aviv's district of Jaffa. He is an honest man, though extremely naive, and because of his character, has never been promoted during his twenty years in the force. He is married to a dull woman (played by veteran actress Zaharira Harifai); the couple have no children.
His superiors, Captain Levkovich and...