Lemon Popsicle

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Lemon Popsicle
Theatrical release poster
Hebrewאסקימו לימון
Directed byBoaz Davidson
Written by
  • Boaz Davidson
  • Eli Tavor
Produced by
CinematographyAdam Greenberg
Edited byAlain Jakubowicz
Distributed by
  • Noah Films (Israel)
  • Scotia International Filmverleih (West Germany)
Release dates
  • 11 February 1978 (1978-02-11) (Israel)
  • 21 April 1978 (1978-04-21) (West Germany)
Running time
95 minutes
  • Israel
  • West Germany
BudgetIL3 million
Box officeIL12.5 million (Israel; 1978)

Lemon Popsicle (Hebrew: אסקימו לימון, romanizedEskimo Limon) is a 1978 teen comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Boaz Davidson. The success of the film led to a series of sequels.[1] The cult film follows a group of three teenage boys in late-1950s Tel Aviv.


In 1950s Israel, Nili (Niki in the English-language release) is the new girl at school. She meets a trio of friends: Benzi (Benji in the English release), Momo (Bobby in the English release) and Yudale (Huey in the English release). Benzi, the typical "nice guy" of the group, immediately falls in love with Nili. However, Nili prefers the more aggressive and experienced Momo. Learning that Nili is a virgin, Momo brags to his friends that he will seduce, then dump her, much to Benzi's dismay. However, Benzi is too dependent on his friends and too reluctant to ruin their friendship to warn Nili of Momo's intentions, and must watch as Momo and Nili begin dating. Momo finally takes Nili's virginity, leaving her pregnant. Benzi rushes in to emotionally console Nili and helps her to get an abortion, hoping that she will grow to love him for his support, only to be crushed when Nili and Momo reconcile and resume dating.

The film contains a scene with an older olah named Stella, enticing the three boys into having sex with her, earning the nickname "Stella HaMegameret" ("A-cumming Stella") after she screams "I'm a-cumming! I'm a-cumming!" (instead of "cumming") during sex because of her poor Hebrew.


Release and reception[edit]


The picture was produced at a budget of IL3 million, of which a million was paid in royalties to the musicians (mostly American) whose songs were used in the soundtrack (such as Bill Haley, Paul Anka, Little Richard, Frankie Laine, the Chordettes and Bobby Vinton). Producer Menahem Golan claimed that the music rights cost more than the production of the film itself.[2]

Box office[edit]

Lemon Popsicle became an immediate commercial success; by December 1978, the film had sold 1,268,000 tickets in its native country and grossed IL12.5 million. It was circulated in 700 prints in Europe, where it earned $650,000 during the same period.[3] In total, it sold 1,350,000 tickets in the state, becoming the highest-grossing Israeli picture in history.[4] In West Germany, it reached the 11th place at the 1978 box office, with 2.7 million tickets sold.[5] Lemon Popsicle also gained considerable popularity in the rest of Europe and in Japan.[6] It was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the 36th Golden Globe Awards, losing to Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata.[7] The film was also selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 51st Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[8]


The series became a success in Germany under the name Eis am Stiel. Most of the films were also dubbed into English and were released in both the United States and United Kingdom. Since the release of Lemon Popsicle, seven official sequels have been made. These were Going Steady (Yotzim Kavua) (1979), Hot Bubblegum (Shifshuf Naim) (1981), Private Popsicle (Sapiches) (1982), Baby Love (Roman Za'ir) (1984), Up Your Anchor (Harimu Ogen) (1985), Young Love (Ahava Tzeira) (1987) and Summertime Blues (Blues La-Kayitz) (1988). A spin-off film, Private Manoeuvres (Sababa), starring Zachi Noy as Yudale, appeared in 1983, and a reboot film, The Party Goes On (Hahagiga Nimshehet), which featured Noy as a restaurant owner, was released in 2001.

Hot Bubblegum[edit]

Shifshuf Naim
Directed byBoaz Davidson
Written byBoaz Davidson
Ingo Hermes
Eli Tavor
Sam Waynberg
Produced byYoram Globus
Menahem Golan
Sam Waynberg
Danny Dimbort
CinematographyAmnon Salomon
Edited byJon Koslowsky
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)

Hot Bubblegum (Hebrew: Shifshuf Naim) is the third film in the Lemon Popsicle series, set in Tel Aviv and released in 1981.[9]


Three high school seniors preparing for final exams in the early 1960s have the normal teenage concerns about girls, sex and relationships. They try to find out if going steady with one girlfriend is better or if changing girlfriends all the time makes for too many complications. By the end of summer, all things get better.[9]



In 1982, Davidson wrote and directed an American remake, The Last American Virgin, starring Lawrence Monoson and Diane Franklin.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York Times
  2. ^ "Golan's Globus Production Slate Includes 4 In '78–'79 For $10-Mil". Variety. May 31, 1978. p. 59.
  3. ^ "סרט השנה: אסקימו לימון" [Film of the Year: Lemon Popsicle]. Maariv (in Hebrew). 28 December 1978. p. 47.
  4. ^ Almog, O'z. Peridah mi-Śeruliḳ: shinui ʻarakhim ba-eliṭah ha-Yiśreʼelit. Zemorah-Bitan (2004). ISBN 9789653110519. p. 1156
  5. ^ Top 50 Deutschland 1978. insidekino.com.
  6. ^ Vasudev, Aruna. Being and Becoming: the Cinemas of Asia. MacMillan (2002). ISBN 9780333938201. p. 222.
  7. ^ 36th Golden Globe Awards Archived 2013-04-14 at archive.today. goldenglobes.org.
  8. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  9. ^ a b "Hot Bubblegum". israelfilmcenter.org. The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan.
  10. ^ New York Times

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