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The Believer (2001)

A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.

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"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. Written by Joe Bloggs

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$26,236 (USA) (17 May 2002)

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$406,035 (USA) (27 September 2002)
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Due to the film's low budget, the crew could not afford permits and many scenes had to be shot quickly. See more »

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During Ryan Gosling's speech on Antisemitism his shirt color changes from gray to dark blue to gray again. See more »

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Young Danny: I'm the only one who does believe. I see him for the power-drunk madman he is. And we're supposed to worship such a deity? I say never.
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Well done considering the subject matter
29 November 2003 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

As far as I'm concerned, there's isn't a better movie about anti-semitism and youth as "American History X" but this movie came close. I was surprised to see young Gosling pull off and really out-perform himself in this role. Excellent writing with a fantastic group of young, talented actors. Definitely worth seeing.

8/10


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