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Lebanon -- June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare.
Lebanon -- June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers 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 contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.

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Samuel Maoz (written by)
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Release Date:
15 October 2009 (Israel) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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16 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Yoav Donat ... Shmulik

Itay Tiran ... Assi

Oshri Cohen ... Hertzel

Michael Moshonov ... Yigal

Zohar Shtrauss ... Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa ... Syrian Captive

Ashraf Barhom ... 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya ... 2nd Phalangist

Reymond Amsalem ... 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
David Volach ... Army Doctor
Aryeh Cherner ... Cornelia (as Arye Cherner)
Gur Nedzvetsky ... Israeli soldiers supervisor (voice)
Guy Hillel ... Israeli soldier
Itay Balzi ... Israeli soldier (as Itay Baizi)
Itay Atar ... Israeli soldier
Michael Dubin ... Israeli soldier
Alon Yaashar ... Israeli soldier (as Alon Ysashar)
Matan Elias ... Israeli soldier
Gil Sagir ... Israeli soldier
Erez Eingel ... Israeli soldier
Daniel Fishman ... Israeli Soldier
Fares Natur ... Lebanese warrior
Muhamed Salama ... Lebanese warrior
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Abdallah El Akal ... Lebanese Boy

Guy Kapulnik ... Sergeant Avi
Penina Mezei ... Esther

Directed by
Samuel Maoz 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Samuel Maoz  written by

Produced by
Anat Bikel .... producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Leon Edery .... producer
Moshe Edery .... producer
Sonja Ewers .... executive producer
Ilann Girard .... producer
Benjamina Mirnik .... producer
Uri Sabag .... producer
Gil Sassower .... executive producer
David Silber .... producer
Meir Tetzet .... line producer
 
Original Music by
Nicolas Becker 
Benoît Delbecq 
 
Cinematography by
Giora Bejach 
 
Film Editing by
Arik Leibovitch 
 
Casting by
Hila Yuval 
 
Production Design by
Ariel Roshko 
 
Costume Design by
Hila Bargiel 
Laura Sheim 
 
Makeup Department
Orly Ronen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Guy Courtecuisse .... post-production supervisor
Achim Strack .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avichai Henig .... first assistant director
Shir Shoshani .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Andrew Chernakov .... painter
Chen Ohayon .... set dresser
Albert Segal .... property master
 
Sound Department
Alex Claude .... sound designer
Stefan Colli .... sound post-production manager
Israel David .... adr mixer
Tobias Fleig .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lis .... sound mixer
Jan Petzold .... sound effects editor
Sebastian Pohle .... foley editor
John Purcell .... dialogue editor
Oded Ringel .... boom operator
Wilmont Schulze .... foley artist
Bar On Shelly .... adr recosdist
Sebastian Stroux .... foley mixer
 
Special Effects by
Pini Klavir .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Andreas Fröhlich .... colorist
Sebastian Kaltmeyer .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Alex Ayfer .... stunts
Sergei Baladinsky .... stunts
Genady Gorodeisky .... stunts
Alex Osmolovsky .... stunts
Dima Osmolovsky .... stunt coordinator (as Dimitry Osmolovsky)
Anatoly Rudol .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shimon Belfer .... rigging gaffer
Ido Ben-Cna'an .... first assistant camera
Aviezer Dasberg .... gaffer
Ido Karilla .... focus puller
Roi Mano .... key grip
Michael Nathan Melzer .... jib operator
Uri Montilya .... first assistant camera
Lital Shahar .... second assistant camera
Orion Szydel .... second assistant camera
Eli Turgeman .... lighting technician
Kobi Zaig-Mendez .... director of photography: second unit
 
Music Department
Nicolas Becker .... composer: theme music
Alex Claude .... musical director
Benoît Delbecq .... musician
Ron Klein .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Nicholas Frank .... production associate
Alexis Perrin .... production assistant
Michael Schmid-Ospach .... financer: Germany (as Michael Schmidt-Ospach)
 
Thanks
Bertrand Le Delezir .... the producers wish to thank
Bernhard Speck .... thanks
 

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Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity
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93 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 (f) | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45911)
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Trivia:
Producer Uri Sabag died during the midst of production. The film is dedicated to his memory.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The number plate on the brown Mercedes, although similar to Lebanese number plates in the 80s, has the Arabic number back to front. 72194 in English and 49127 in Arabic.See more »
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83 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
Best War Film I've Ever Seen., 1 October 2009
Author: demaoza

I've been surfing in IMDb for a long time, but this is the first time I've ever felt the need to post a comment for a movie. I guess it really startled me. Anyway, it's probably the best war picture I've ever seen, as I already hinted in the title.

You see, the problem with war pictures is that many times they're just not good enough, but when they're too good, they reach a level of entertainment that makes me, as a viewer, "enjoy" the war and find it pleasurable, even if it wasn't the director's intention. Take "Apocalypse Now", for example, or "Full Metal Jacket" - Those movies show the Vietnam War as some sort of a spectacle, which makes the viewer enjoy the war when he should despise it.

What makes "Lebanon" so unique is that the movie is impressive and beautiful as a work of art, but in the same time it succeeds in featuring war as so horrible, that you feel disgusted and amazed in the same time.

I don't know. Maybe the fact that I served in the Israely Artillery Corps affects my judgment. When you serve inside a cannon which resembles too much the tank shown in the movie, with all the claustrophobia and disorientation involved, it might be much easier to relate to such a movie.

Anyway, this movie is not perfect. It falls to some clichés sometimes, and the acting of Oshri Cohen tends to get on my nerves, but the camera work is flawless, and the direction, mostly, is superb.

I saw another comment here which said that movies like "Bofor" and "Waltz With Bashir", which deal with the Lebanon War as well, were much better because they show the background stories of the characters shown, but I don't thing "Lebanon" needed such stories. It was good enough to show the traumatic reactions of scared young soldiers who just want to go home in the face of war.

This movie is not trying to say what is right or wrong. It simply gives you the sour taste of war as it is. I generally dislike films that feel me with anger, sadness, nausea or grief, but in this case, the movie was so good and important I feel proud I saw it.

I think everyone should see this movie. Really. It's not an easy one, and it's not perfect, but it's REAL. Too close to reality, I might add. But still. Strong and magnificent cinema.

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