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Lebanon (2009)

 -  Drama | War  -  15 October 2009 (Israel)
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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat ...
Shmulik
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Assi
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Hertzel
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Yigal
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Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa ...
Syrian Captive
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1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya ...
2nd Phalangist
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Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Bian Antir ...
Lebanese Father
Aisha ...
Lebanese child
Fatima ...
Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam ...
Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama ...
BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna ...
Truck Driver
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Storyline

June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a infantry platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot handle. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the most emblematic act of uncivilized problem solving: war. Written by Metro Communications

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Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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15 October 2009 (Israel)  »

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$17,145 (USA) (6 August 2010)

Gross:

$367,798 (USA) (17 December 2010)
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Rejected for submission at both the Berlin and Cannes International Film Festival. The film went on to win the Golden Lion at Venice. See more »

Goofs

The car in the courtyard next to the pile of clothes that the woman falls into has a number plate that was introduced in Lebanon in the 90s. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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Gripping in places, but limited
16 February 2013 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

A low budget Israeli war movie, 'Lebanon' tells the story of a tank crew, but we hardly ever see the outside of the tank. At times, the continual world-view-by-periscope seems a bit gimmicky, although one suspects the main rationale for the narrow focus is not artistic but financial. It does help maintain the claustrophobic atmosphere, and the central section of the film fizzes with tension. But the most horrific moments derive from the presence of a cartoonish villain, and the centrepiece of the story - about ordinary men conscripted into the role of soldier for which they are ill-prepared psychologically - lacks the subtlety, context and heart of the sublime 'Waltz with Bashir', which of course bypassed the costs of recreating a war by the use of animation as a medium. That film is great - this one has some merit, but won't really tell you anything you don't already know.


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