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O Jerusalem -- 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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18 October 2006 (Belgium) See more »
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The historic struggle for Jerusalem and the birth of Israel.
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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. | Full synopsis »
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O Jerusalem
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 24 October 2007)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

JJ Feild ... Bobby Goldman

Saïd Taghmaoui ... Saïd Chahine
Maria Papas ... Hadassah

Patrick Bruel ... David Levin

Ian Holm ... Ben Gurion

Tovah Feldshuh ... Golda Meir

Mel Raido ... Jacob

Cécile Cassel ... Jane
Mhairi Morrison ... Cathy (as Mhairi Steenbock)

Tom Conti ... Sir Cunningham
Shirel ... Yaël

Peter Polycarpou ... Abdel Khader

Daniel Lundh ... Roni

Anatol Yusef ... Major Tell

Jamie Harding ... Amin Chahine

Laura Weissbecker ... Agnieska
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Atiko ... Jamil Mordam

Daniel Ben Zenou ... Daoud

Élie Chouraqui ... Isaac Roth
Kristian Hillman ... Party Guest
John Howarth ... Husseini

Dominic Jephcott ... Major Stevens
Daniel Kischinovsky ... Sergei

Ryan Kruger ... Jewish extremist
Derek Lawson ... Mechanic
Liron Levo ... Yoel

Matthew Marsh ... Sir Gordon
Gordon Patrick ... Harry (as Gordon Newell)

Christopher Simon ... Malmond Pasha
Jonathan Uziel ... Post Manager
René Zagger ... Golan

Heidi McQueen-Prentice ... Supporting artist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Élie Chouraqui 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Élie Chouraqui 
Didier Le Pêcheur 

Produced by
Andy Birmingham .... line producer
Élie Chouraqui .... producer
Diane Cornell .... financial line producer
Mark Damon .... producer
Caroline Dhainaut .... associate producer
André Djaoui .... producer
Jean Frydman .... producer
Jeff Geoffray .... producer
Yoram Globus .... associate producer
Andreas Grosch .... producer
Alice Guien .... associate producer
Patrick Irwin .... associate producer
Walter Josten .... executive producer
Nagib Kerbouche .... producer
Jeffrey Konvitz .... executive producer
David Korda .... executive producer
Jean-Charles Levy .... producer
Nicolas Manuel .... associate producer
Colin McKeown .... co-producer
Despina Mouzaki .... co-producer: Greece
Anouk Nora .... associate producer
Haris Padouvas .... co-producer: Greece
Laure-Anne Rossignol .... associate producer
Dionyssis Samiotis .... co-producer: Greece (as Dionysis Samiotis)
Andreas Schmid .... executive producer
Marcus Schöfer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stephen Endelman 
 
Cinematography by
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci 
 
Production Design by
Sue Booth 
 
Art Direction by
Simeon Halligan 
 
Costume Design by
Mimi Lempicka (original costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Jana Carboni .... makeup artist
Federico Carretti .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Taylor .... makeup designer
 
Production Management
Danny Ben Menahem .... unit manager
Thanasis Chondronasios .... assistant unit manager
Kerstin Dyroff .... production manager: VIP Medienfonds
George Stephan Filias .... assistant unit manager (as George Filias)
Yannis Karachalios .... assistant production manager: Greece
Julie Lau .... production manager
Michael Murray .... unit production manager
Vasso Patrouba .... production manager: Greece
Thodoris Pavaras .... assistant unit manager
Vlassis Stathoulias .... unit manager
Gerry Toomey .... production supervisor
Maria Walker .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Benchaouche .... second assistant director
Emmanuela Fragiadaki .... second assistant director
Julie Heskin .... third assistant director
Mark Layton .... second assistant director
Michael Viger .... first assistant director
Michael Viger .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Michalis Astipalitis .... production buyer
Sue Booth .... production designer: UK
Giancarlo Di Fusco .... painter
Prokopis Diakoumis .... set dresser
Monica Grassi .... art department assistant
Rebecca Key .... trovarobe: United Kingdom
Katarina Mazic .... art department assistant
Tony Rycyk .... supervising stand-by propman
 
Sound Department
Sam Auguste .... dialogue editor
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Craig Irving .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: dolby film sound
Mark Lafbery .... foley mixer
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Guillaume Sciama .... sound mixer
Steve Single .... sound re-recording mixer
Pierre Tucat .... boom operator
Poppy Watson .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Pascal Fauvelle .... special effects technician
Max Garnier .... special effects technician
Michalis Samiotis .... special effects technician
Charles-Axel Vollard .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Ageorges .... digital artist
Stephane Bidault .... visual effects supervisor
Pierre Blain .... lead compositor
Christophe Chanvin .... artistic director
Nicolas Delbecq .... digital artist
Stéphane Keller .... matte painter
Jean-Antoine Lacolle .... digital artist
Johann Quéré .... CG supervisor
Johann Quéré .... digital effects artist
Adrien Servadio .... digital artist
Charles-Axel Vollard .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Rick English .... stunt performer
Peter Pedrero .... stunt performer
Jaroslav Peterka .... stunt coordinator
Rudolf Vrba .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matteo Carlesimo .... Steadicam operator
Lelio Copponi .... camera loader
Claudio Del Gobbo .... dolly grip
Massimiliano Dessena .... best boy grip
Stefano Di Pasquali .... grip
Hatzis Drakonas .... assistant electrician
Doriano Forti .... rigging grip
Marco Graziaplena .... second assistant camera
Vaggelis Kalavritinos .... electrician
Massimiliano Kuveiller .... assistant camera
Raffaele Massa .... focus puller
Christopher McDonough .... key grip (2006)
Tommaso Mele .... key grip
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip
Luca Sardini .... electrician
Marco Sticchi .... gaffer
Agostino Vertucci .... additional second assistant camera
Agostino Vertucci .... video assist operator
Francesco Zaccaria .... best boy electric
Agamemnonas Zacos .... grip
 
Casting Department
Anna Achiola .... extras casting assistant
Kostas Agiannitis .... extras casting assistant
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Rutie Blum .... additional casting: Israel
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Maria Gizeli .... extras casting assistant
Levana Hakim .... additional casting: Israel
Katerina Kouliousi .... extras casting assistant
Maria Laina .... casting coordinator
Maria Laina .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Natasa Bezdolnaea .... wardrobe assistant
Vincent Dumas .... costume supervisor
Daniela Forster-Grube .... wardrobe assistant
Mélanie Gautier .... costume supervisor
Adélaïde Gosselin .... assistant costume designer
Laetitia Harvey .... costume supervisor
Miriam Kaibano .... wardrobe assistant
Maria Karabelia .... wardrobe assistant
Dikaia Katsibri .... wardrobe assistant
Frédéric Llinares .... wardrobe supervisor (as Frédéric Linares)
Heidi McQueen-Prentice .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Matthew Benns .... digital intermediate data manager
Paul Ensby .... digital colourist
Dan Farrell .... assistant editor (as Daniel Farrell)
Dianne Gordon .... digital intermediate data manager
Franck Nakache .... assistant editor
Dominic Thomson .... digital editor
Jay Warren .... digital intermediate project manager
Sharon Wong .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Acogny .... executive music producer
Christopher Benstead .... additional music editor
Philip Bodger .... score mixer
Gary Chester .... score recording engineer
Andrew Glen .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Efi Filippou .... transportation assistant
Takis Papanikolaou .... assistant picture vehicle coordinator
Christos Roussis .... vintage picture vehicle owner
Meir Sigura .... picture vehicles coordinator
Sotiris Sotirakis .... assistant picture vehicle coordinator
 
Other crew
Fotini Avloniti .... assistant accountant
Errikos Bari .... location assistant
Andrea Bosello .... assistant to producer
Eleni Boumi .... rushes courier
Josef Brandmaier .... bank services
Klodiana Camati .... floor runner
Elena Casimati .... hotel & travel coordinator
Rachel Desmarest .... personal dialect coach: Patrick Bruel (as Rachel Berger)
Elizabeth Dorsett .... production assistant: UK (as Elizabeth Hagan)
Yvonne Eastmond .... production accountant
Sofia Exarchou .... assistant script supervisor
Mark Garside .... production assistant: UK
Mark Gill .... production runner
Robyn Glaser .... production coordinator
Christos Godas .... extras coordinator
Florian Harms .... legal counsel: VIP
Tom Harnick .... location manager
Una Hill .... production coordinator
Aspasia Karaoglani .... production assistant
Rocco Kieritsi .... art department translator
Myrto Konitsioti .... assistant accountant
Despina Konstantinidou .... assistant accountant
Elena Konstantinidou .... armorer
Sue Mahoney .... script supervisor
Massimo Monachini .... financial consultant
Debbie Moseley .... assistant accountant
Marianthi Nikolakaki .... greek production accountant
Vicky Nikoletou .... assistant camp manager
Berit Norrenberg .... legal counsel: VIP (as Berit Wetzel)
Stergios Pardalos .... production runner
Sofia Pateli .... assistant accountant
Olivier Piasentin .... production assistant
Kostas Savidakis .... assistant camp manager
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Tom Truscott .... title designer
Manolis Tsalikis .... unit runner
Victoria Vellopoulou .... location manager
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Roberto Almagià .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for some war scenes
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100 min
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Certification:
Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R

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Anachronisms: In the United Nations General Assembly vote on partition, a vote is heard from Myanmar. This name was used only since 1989 by the military government; Burma is still the name recognized by the U.S. and most of the world.See more »
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22 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
An English version must exist, since the French dialog sounds like it is dubbed over English, 25 May 2007
Author: hassan-38 from United States

O Jerusalem is certainly a good step in the right direction. It does not claim to be a historically pin-point accurate epic, but it does cover most of the salient events of that period in history.

I have personally known Abdelqader Al-Husseini, and Major – later Colonel – Abdallah Al-Tal. The first was the son of one of the top aristocratic families in Jerusalem, and the second hails from a large tribe in the area of Irbid in what is known today as Jordan. As the film shows, Husseini was let down by the Arab League and was killed in action during the Qastal operation. That corresponds to the facts. When Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre wrote their book bearing the same name as the film, they interviewed Husseini's sons. One of whom was Faysal Husseini of Orient House fame, and who died of a heart attack a few years ago.

Major Tal's intervention during the fighting in Jerusalem was not sanctioned by the British Chief of Staff of the Arab Legion (i.e. the Jordanian Army), General Glubb Pasha, and only hesitantly if at all by King Abdullah. The latter was already pursuing secret negotiations with Golda Meir and Moshe Sharett about getting a piece of Palestine for himself (An act of high treason at that time, at least as far as the Palestinians were concerned). Major Tal's personal military initiative in Jerusalem secured the eastern part of the city for King Abdullah, but also for the Palestinians, until the 1967 Six Day war. But Abdullah became jealous because of Al-Tal's popularity and accused him of trying to seize power in Jordan in order to annex it to Syria (pretty disingenuous!) Al-Tal spent the next twenty years or so as a political refugee in Egypt. To check what Major Tal said during the encounter between him and the Haganah leaders (Moshe Dayan), interested individuals can read Dayan's and Al-Tal's memoirs (probably translated from Arabic by the IDF, and/or possibly by one of the Pentagon many agencies.

The film perpetuates a line that has been discredited by historians on all sides, namely purporting that the "Arab governments asked the Palestinians to abandon their homes and leave their country so that the Arab armies could fight the "Jews" with ease". Nobody did call, and nobody would have responded to such a call. But Egypt and Jordan took every possible measure to prevent the Palestinians from acquiring weapons, and non-Palestinian volunteers were not encouraged to participate in the fighting.

What is never clarified about the Palestinian-Israeli question, including by the Palestinians themselves, is that they did not rise against the Jewish Arab community that had lived among them for millenia, not even the few Europeans who had settled there during the Ottoman Empire. When, in the latter part of the 1920s and on, a new breed of mainly Eastern European Jewish immigrants escaping the horrors in Europe had started arriving into the country essentially with British help, and with the intent of creating a Jewish-only state; the only way for them to achieve that of course was by force. Nobody can fault anyone for resorting to force to oppose that predicament.

I saw the DVD only yesterday in French, though it was obvious that the actors were speaking English, and the French was dubbed over it. I am looking for an English version if such exists. As for the change of title from "Beyond Friendship", which was probably going to appear in English, it is quite possible, though I cannot swear to it, that pressure was put on the distributors to avoid marketing the film in the USA. But then many of the actors are French.

Some of the text titles translated into Arabic, and the name of a street or two in Jerusalem were not accurately translated or properly spelled in the film.

Elie Chouraqui may be related to the famous André Chouraqui, who translated the Qoran into French, i.e. they should have a good understanding of the Arabic language and culture.

All in all, the film could be a good discussion topic for both sides, to give events their proper names and historic dimensions in search for mutual accommodation. That is of course if they are willing and able to undertake this necessary exercise for the sake of their sanity, the future of their children and world peace. Otherwise they have no other choice! If you prefer, you may comment on my review in French.

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