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O Jerusalem (2006)

A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
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A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The historic struggle for Jerusalem and the birth of Israel.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war scenes | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

18 October 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Beyond Friendship  »

Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$31,165 (USA) (19 October 2007)


$233,520 (USA) (30 November 2007)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A news bulletin heard on a radio reports that the ship Exodus full of Jewish immigrants bound for Palestine is threatening to blow itself up in port in Cyprus. The real Aliyah Bet ship "Exodus 1947" sailed from Marseilles and was impounded in Haifa. The story told on the radio is actually from the 1958 Leon Uris novel "Exodus". See more »


Referenced in Le voyage du ballon rouge (2007) See more »


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inaccurate and sanitized version of history and a lousy film
19 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My major gripe is not the slant, the film was not a propaganda screed for either side, but it is so inaccurate as to be nearly worthless. First, any one who spent any time in Israel will note immediately that it was not filmed there, the scenes do not remotely resemble the real sites where the events of 1948 took place. Major facts are fumbled--e.g., the Jewish Quarter of the Old City fell long before the first cease-fire (from the movie, it is hard to tell exactly what happened). In another scene, right before the Partition vote travelers are shown on a modern-style glass bus from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem--going over a non-existent river--with Arabs and Jews on the same bus!

The acting is TV-grade melodrama and the script is trite.

As for the overview-historical content, the movie falls to illuminate the events the lead up to the conflict--and with the single exception of the depiction of Deir Yassin, makes it seem as though the war was fought between a handful of well-meaning nice guys. But the 1948 war was bloody and ugly, with many atrocities committed on both sides, but especially the Arab side that was trying to wipe out the Jewish community of Palestine (later Israel).

Finally, as already pointed out, this movie does horrible violence to LaPierre and Collins' fine book, one of the few truly even-handed non-fiction books written about the Arab-Israel conflict (In the trailer, even this was mangled as the book is called a "novel").

If any one wants to see a much better movie covering almost the exact same topic get "Cast a Giant Shadow."

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