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Witness in the War Zone (1987)

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An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

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Don Stevens
Marita Marschall ...
Linda Larsen
Hywel Bennett ...
Mike Jessop
Arnon Zadok ...
Hamdi Abu-Yussuf
Amos Lavi ...
Yassin Abu-Riadd
Etti Ankri ...
Samira
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Bernard
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Adbul
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Bossam
Shahar Cohen ...
Habib
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Micha
Gabi Shoshan ...
Salim
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Antoine
Jerry Weinstock ...
Snyder
Reuven Dayan ...
Karim
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Don Stevens is an ace reporter sent to Beirut, Lebanon to report on the Lebanese civil war. There he befriends English journalist Mike Jessop, who's staying at the same hotel as him. Stevens' downfall begins when he manages to get an exclusive interview with the head of one of the main factions in the war, the Palestine Liberation Organization headed by Yassin Abu-Riadd. When he sends the taped interview in, he learns that the man he spoke with was in fact not Abu-Riadd but an impersonator. In an attempt to salvage his reputation and save his career, Stevens goes back to find out who set him up and why. However, all three sides in the war try to stop his investigation and his life comes into danger. Stevens comes to realize that he's a pawn in a huge deadly conspiracy and if he fails to uncover it, many innocent people will die. He finally gets a breakthrough, when he meets Linda Larsen, a Scandinavian doctor who might be able to take him to the real Abu-Riadd.

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2 July 1987 (West Germany)  »

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$141,211 (USA)
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This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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A Racist history Ultering movie
15 May 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I was very disappointed while seeing this film, it contains awful historical mistakes, it alters the reality, it is completely different from the facts of war we have lived, its only purpose is to embellish the israeli invasion of LEBANON. The film settings resemble in no way the LEBANESE geography, and the script doesn't fit the LEBANESE local dialects. This films drops off the initial problem which is that the israelis are the ones who took the homes of the Palestinian and sent them to LEBANON and it focuses only on the militia financed by the israeli government. I watched this film, I consider it wasted 2 hours of my time, and I don't recommend it for viewers with scarce knowledge of the middle east problem and I consider it a racist movie classifying the Palestinian as a second class human who have no right to claim back their homes stolen by the israelis.


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