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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ido Port ...
Proffy
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Dunlop
Gilya Stern ...
Miriam
Rami Heuberger ...
Father
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Interrogator
Shmuel Shiloh ...
Mr. Lazarus
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Mr. Gihon
Levana Finkelstein ...
Grandma Tykocinski
Nati Ravitz ...
Adult Avi Leibowitz (as Natan Ravich)
Anat Klausner ...
Yardena
Ofer Shechter ...
British Soldier
Yonatan Lahat ...
Ben Hur
Guy Krasner ...
Chita
Dafna Melzer ...
Rachel
David Milton-Jones ...
British officer (as David Milton John)
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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)

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

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$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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A treat for all ages
27 December 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

This movie is a little gem. Definitely not a historic film, this semi-autobiography of author Amos Oz is an exploration of human interactions during the time of the British occupation in Mandatory Palestine. I would have given the film another star, but was slightly rattled when I missed a musical "fill" when it was necessary, and looked for more "goofs" when what appeared to be a plastic bag drifted across a shot early on in the movie, set in the 1940s. In addition, I awaited (and received) the obligatory Oz political stance on the situation in Israel. That is something I believe the film could have done without, since it is an otherwise charming piece. After the showing, the producer gave a little background into the making of the movie (incredibly small budget, all-Israeli crew, Molina phoning and asking for a role in the film). That was an extra treat. I will definitely buy the DVD when it comes out, and will recommend it to my kids. It's a story of emotions overcoming the clash of stereotypical enemies.


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