The Racketeers (1986) - (Mahmoud Yassine) Egyptian one-sheet
We have here a 27" x 29" Egyptian poster designed by Al-Khad to promote the 1986 Hossam El-Din Mostafa 118-minute color film The Racketeers [al-harafish] starring Mahmoud Yassine based on a story by Naguib Mahfouz with screenplay and dialogue by Ahmed Saleh and cinematography by Mamoun Ata. Plot Summary: In this film generations of urban poor and their families come and go; this repetitive flow is the story. Soleiman al-Nagy [Mahmoud Yassine] defeats Atris [Salah Kabil] in a stick fight, establishes himself as the local tough guy and distributes justly to the district racketeers the assets he has collected from the rich. The rich people try to get rid of him. Sania marries him after he divorces his first wife. She is able to separate him from the racketeers and draw him into wealthy circles. He opens a big agency. Khedr works with his father Soleiman at the agency. He marries Bakr Redwana, [Laila Eloui] who loves him; then he runs away from home after Bakr accuses him of disloyalty. Soleiman's father becomes ill and moves to the home of his old wife after she returns to his protection. When it becomes known that he is bankrupt Atris becomes the neighborhood tough guy again. Khedr returns and buys the agency at auction to bring dignity back to the family after overcoming Atris. He discredits Bakr Redwana, who acknowledges his brother's innocence before she dies.
Cast and crew: Mahmoud Yassine, Laila Eloui, Salah Kabil, Sawsan Badr, Naguib Mahfouz, Houssam El-Din Mustafa, Safia El Emari, Mamdouh Abd El Aleem, Ibrahim Al Sharkawi, Mamoun Ata, Ahmed Saleh, Leila El Emari, Ezzat Abdul Jawad, Abdel Gawad Metwally, Nadia Shamseddine, Ahmed Abou Abih, Shirin Omar, Fifi Mady, Mohamed Abou Hashish