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The historic struggle for Jerusalem and the birth of Israel.
A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created. | Full synopsis »
O Jerusalem
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 24 October 2007)

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A complex subject given an earnest treatment - Not perfect, but not to be dismissed. See more (12 total) »


  (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)

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
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
Cristiano Sergioli .... driver grip truck
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
Jennifer Gay .... translator
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
Faye Newton .... location assistant
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
Roberto Almagià .... special thanks

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Rated R for some war scenes
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A complex subject given an earnest treatment - Not perfect, but not to be dismissed., 26 October 2012
Author: Alex Heaton (azanti0029) from United Kingdom

I first saw the trailer for this film some five or six years ago and then never heard of it again, which was a shame because I was really looking forward to seeing it on a big screen, shame then that it all but vanished and hasn't to the best of my knowledge ever had a proper release on UK shores. (I imported the DVD)

Though as quoted by others, this is based on the book of the same name, it only draws on the factual detail and uses the more human stories for its focus which for a drama dealing with an issue as complex and as controversial as the formation of the state of Israel is essential. Set against the backdrop of the events of 1946 in Palestine and the violence that followed, two friends who meet in America, one Arab and one Jewish find themselves on opposing sides of a conflict that is beyond their own making. Both of them realising that violence is not the solution do their best to stay out of it, but ultimately find this unavoidable.

The film focuses on their attempts to understand and deal with the historical events that they face, of which they little control over but have no choice but to get involved in.

The film has its strong points. The historical attention to period detail is very well done, the budget for this production is NOT low, as another reviewer has stated (factually inaccurate) nor does it look so. The blend of actual news footage from the time slips seamlessly with the way the film has been shot and invokes a feeling of genuine history. Points of history are sign posted with titles and everything is told neatly in chronological order.

Where the film is weaker however is the script. The friendship of the two friends feels rushed and unlikely, the acting is variable, some scenes are handled well while others feel the need to rush straight into melodrama without any real emotional investment to get there. On that level it feels more like a drama documentary where a mini-series would probably have served it better. Our main characters seem to just flow along with the story as the historical events unfold, rather than really being fully involved in them, maybe that's the point, but the strength of their emotional journey gets lost. The death of several supporting characters never seems to have the impact that it should and its hard to pin down the exact reason for this, but the scene at the end falls especially flat when it should have had me in tears.

Those criticisms aside this doesn't mean the film makes for uninteresting viewing. I have no personal affiliation to any side of this conflict, and the film seemed initially to strive to give both sides an equal voice, (Possibly Israel gets more screen time but their own atrocities in the conflict are not overlooked) certainly at first I didn't feel a bias one way or another, but after the first half it felt the Jewish characters became more and more noble where as the Arabs became more and more one dimensional but this just makes me want to do my own research on the subject, but does it make for a good movie?

The high production values, good acting despite struggling with a fairly orderly historical script, attention to detail and nice photography all make the film well above average. Nice turns from supporting cast such as Tom Conti, the under rated Rene Zagger and the ever strong Ian Holm give the leading cast great back up and Saïd Taghmaoui is always very watchable but their talents do make some of the weaker players stand out a little.

A film on this topic is going to stir emotions on anyone who might have an affiliation with one side or another, so maybe its more important what those who have little understanding of the origins of this seemingly never ending conflict gain some understanding of how it started and as a starting point for that education, you can certainly do far far worse than this. As a well made historical epic its not a bad film at all.

Unfortunately where the film is less convincing is in the conflict between the friendship of the two leads, I found it unrealistic and somewhat unbelievable and didn't quite create the dichotomy I had hoped for but simply watching the events of history unfold still made for captivating viewing.

This is a conflict I would love to see finally resolved in my life time for the sake of the generations that will follow in the footsteps of their relatives who were involved in these events. Dismissing the film so easily is simply not a tenable opinion.

There aren't enough films on this subject to make this one irrelevant and the simple truth is that no film on this topic will ever be completely successful, just as the search for an answer to finally allow all those involved to live side by side in harmony will go on for some time yet. If you have even the vaguest interest in the subject and can watch it from a neutral stand point, I would recommend it.

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