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The Little Traitor (2007)

 -  Drama  -  2 April 2009 (Israel)
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Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Ido Port ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arieh Adler ...
Radio announcer (voice)
Jacob Barker ...
Chaim Zosoma
Vivian Brunstein ...
British Solider
Levana Finkelstein ...
Grandmother Tykocinski
Rami Heuberger ...
Proffy's father
David Milton John ...
British officer
Anat Klausner ...
Arab merchant #2 (as Tarek Kupty)
Guy Krasner ...
Yonatan Lahat ...
Ben Hur
Dafna Melzer ...
Zachi Noy ...
Mr. Gihon


Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land. Proffy and his two friends spend most of their time plotting ways to terrorize and/or blow up the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop, a British officer. Instead of arresting him, he deposits him back home,but what ensues in the weeks to come is a friendship between these two foes. Proffy looks to Dunlop as a father figure as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and they find lots to talk about in their meetings which Proffy must keep a secret from his friends and family. When Proffy's friends follow him one day and see that he has been visiting the detested enemy, they... Written by Lynn Roth

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2 April 2009 (Israel)  »

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$1,700,000 (estimated)

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$3,227 (USA) (6 November 2009)


$401,538 (USA) (26 August 2011)

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Sergeant Dunlop is seen drinking bottled Taybeh Beer a number of times in the film. The Taybeh Brewery was only begun in 1994. A great beer, nevertheless. See more »


Proffy: Shalom, sergeant Dunlop.
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Written and performed by Leland Bond
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This movie needs to be seen now
14 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a beautiful, simply told, elegant film. A film that should be seen NOW. With all the strife in the Middle East and hatred filling the news and media, this film reaffirms our faith in love, understanding and unity in a complicated world. I do not cry in movies often.....this wonderful film got to my heart AND mind. This is what movies have been missing for so long.....a simply story told directly and honestly. There is no pulling on emotional heart special plot shocks at the end. Just an honest story expertly laid out by a director who trusts the story being told and her wonderful cast who executes the tale with honest emotion. This film is one to be cherished.

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