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Lebanon (2009)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat ...
Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Syrian Captive
1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya ...
2nd Phalangist
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


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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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Lebanon  »

Filming Locations:

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$367,798 (USA) (17 December 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon (ostensibly in search of Palestinian guerrillas) is known as "Operation Peace for Galilee" in Israel and "The Invasion" in Arabic. See more »


During the first part of film the tank zooms in on shelf with a bunch of 7 Up cans. The cans all have the current 7 Up graphics despite the films' 1982 setting. See more »


Referenced in The Unit: Hug Me (2014) See more »


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Music by Mustapha Skandrani and lyrics by Mustapha Kechekoui
Performed by Sami Badra, with Vitali Podolski (accordion), Sanya Kroytor (violin) and Yisrael Bright (piano)
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One dimensional
1 September 2010 | by (Cork, Ireland) – See all my reviews

To be sure, this movie is innovative. The point of view of the tank commander, the claustrophobic interior of the tank. But really thats all. There is no meaningful character development and no change of scene. The basic message is war is hell, but that has been done so many times before.

Essentially it is 90 minutes of various shots of dirty unshaven men complaining, tank interior rumbling, oil and blood. periscope views of the outside where civilians get killed.

To call it Das Boot in a tank is an insult to that fine film, which has great characters, proper character development, genuine suspense and a crippling emotional climax. This movie has none of those.

Added to this is a long list of inaccuracies about tanks and tank warfare that have been written about elsewhere.

There are a few token allusions to the Lebanese war, evil Phalagists and the murder of civilians. Perhaps that's why it got a prize. I am no supporter of the Israeli Defence Force, but I prefer my movies to have more depth and nuance.

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