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Waltz with Bashir (2008)
"Vals Im Bashir" (original title)

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An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

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Complete credited cast:
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Himself (voice)
Ori Sivan ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Ronny Dayag ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Shmuel Frenkel ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Zahava Solomon ...
Herself - Interviewee (voice) (as Prof. Zahava Solomon)
Ron Ben-Yishai ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Dror Harazi ...
Himself - Interviewee (voice)
Mickey Leon ...
Boaz Rein-Buskila (voice) (as Miki Leon)
Yehezkel Lazarov ...
Carmi Cna'an (voice)
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Storyline

One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there's a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can't remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Written by intlpress@aol.com

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We may forget the past, but the past won't forget us. [Theatrical trailer.]


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Rated R for some disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity and a scene of graphic sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 2008 (Israel)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$69,055 (USA) (26 December 2008)

Gross:

$2,283,276 (USA) (8 May 2009)
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Trivia

Artist David Polonsky is right handed, but did most of the illustration for this film with his left hand, as he felt that his original drawing were 'too pretty.' See more »

Goofs

The narrator refers to the transport helicopter as a "Hercules helicopter", which is a confusion of the C-130 Hercules cargo plane with the CH-53 Stallion helicopter, the latter being the true transportation device. See more »

Quotes

Anonymous soldier: What to do? What to do? Why don't you tell us what to do?
Ari Folman: Shoot!
Anonymous soldier: On who?
Ari Folman: How should I know on who? Just shoot!
Anonymous soldier: Isn't it better to pray?
Ari Folman: Pray and shoot!
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References Defender (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

This Is Not A Love Song
Written by John Lydon, Keith Levene and Martin Atkins
Performed by Public Image Ltd. (as PIL)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd, Warner Chappell Music Ltd and Complete Music Ltd
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd
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Irritating? What are you on?
18 June 2008 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

I think working on this movie for 4 years is long enough. You obviously missed the whole point. The point of the movie is not to point the blame at anyone, it is about showing the reality of war and what the affect it has on Soldiers.

It's not about who won, who was right, or who did what wrong. Its about how people react to it and how it affects the people who are involved in it. Yes it showed only the Israeli side of things, but hey, its because it's on the Soldiers point of view, how they saw it, not how everyone saw it, not how the other soldiers. It shows his point view, and the interviewers points of views. Thats why its like this.

And that is why it makes it so real. It is very well done.


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