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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 ...
Proffy
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Dunlop
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Arieh Adler ...
Radio announcer (voice)
Jacob Barker ...
Chaim Zosoma
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Interrogator
Vivian Brunstein ...
British Solider
Levana Finkelstein ...
Grandmother Tykocinski
Rami Heuberger ...
Proffy's father
Anat Klausner ...
Yardena
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Arab merchant #2 (as Tarek Kupty)
Guy Krasner ...
Chita
Yonatan Lahat ...
Ben Hur
Dafna Melzer ...
Rachel
David Milton-Jones ...
British officer
Zachi Noy ...
Mr. Gihon
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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 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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$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$401,538 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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The young actor who plays Proffy through most of the movie is left-handed; but at the end when they show a grown-up Proffy/Avi, he's signing books with his right hand. See more »

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Coming of age movie
16 March 2012 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

--- I am not going to write much here because I think you have to watch this movie rather than read about it. It was made in an excellent manner and had first rate actors with high kudos going to Ido Port as Proffy and Alfred Molina as Dunlop.

--- Very essentially put this is a story about an 11 year old boy who carries on a friendship with a British "occupation" soldier in Israel just before it became Israel. The boy learns the hard way that sometimes your enemy can treat you better than your supposed friends and that although innocent friendship can and should be something one can treasure for life, it can also be called treason by the ignorant. I won't tell more for fear of telling to much.

--- The story is told in a very sweet way and is a well made coming of age movie. I don't think many people would be disappointed with the time investment to watch this one.


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