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An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

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Don Stevens
Marita Marschall ...
Linda Larsen
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Mike Jessop
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Hamdi Abu-Yussuf
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Yassin Abu-Riadd
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Samira
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Bernard
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Adbul
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Bossam
Shahar Cohen ...
Habib
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Micha
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Salim
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Antoine
Jerry Weinstock ...
Snyder
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Karim
Nader Masraawi ...
Dooud
David Menachem ...
Phalangist
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Yoram
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Donny

Directed by

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Nathaniel Gutman

Written by

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Hanan Peled ... (screenplay)
 
Hanan Peled ... (story)

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Michael Sharfstein ... line producer
Barnaby Thompson ... assistant producer
Elisabeth Wolters-Alfs ... producer

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Hans Jansen
Jacques Zwart

Cinematography by

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Thomas Mauch
Amnon Salomon

Film Editing by

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Peter Przygodda

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Anne Schnee ... assistant editor
Rivka Yogev ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Yoram Barzilai
Jürgen Henze

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Rona Doron

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Matti Halchmi ... makeup artist
Debby Kleider ... assistant makeup artist
Victor Leitenbauer ... makeup artist

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Andreas Bareiß ... post-production supervisor
David Lipkind ... production manager
Bernie Stampfer ... production manager

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Yoram Kislev ... second assistant director
Assa Lizka ... third assistant director
Riki Shelach Nissimoff ... first assistant director

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Judah Akku ... production buyer
Asher Asherov ... production buyer
Itzhak Nuriani ... propsman
Avi Tannenbaum ... property master
David Varod ... set dresser
Issahar Vishnia ... art department coordinator

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Hartmut Eichgrün ... sound mixer
Detlev Fichtner ... sound recordist
Gunther Friedenberg ... sound assistant
Willi Kluth ... sound effects
Hans-Walter Kramski ... sound effects (as Hans W. Kramski)
Dudu Liss ... sound assistant
Brigitte Platzer ... sound editor

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Yoram Pollack ... special effects coordinator

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Alberto Vaknin ... stunt coordinator (as Alberto Vaaknin)

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Effi Agami ... key grip
Arik Bernstein ... camera operator: second unit
Yoav Damti ... electrician
Rino Di Silvestro ... gaffer
Shai Goldenberg ... grip
Judith Kaufmann ... assistant camera
Yoav Kosh ... assistant camera
Rami Levy ... electrician
Stefan Motzek ... camera operator: second unit
David Namir ... assistant camera (as David 'Dudy' Namir)
Yossi Wein ... cinematographer: second unit
Elan Yaari ... best boy
Joseph Zicherman ... assistant camera
Eitan Zur ... gaffer (as Eitan Tzur)
Nickol De-Castro ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Shosh Brand ... extras casting

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Hadasa Afori ... wardrobe assistant
Dafna Hendli ... wardrobe assistant

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Uli Goldhahn ... music producer

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Itzchak Bareli ... armorer
Ruth Epstein ... dialogue coach
Renée Gundelach ... production financing consultant
Ariana Gutman ... production assistant
Amos Halfon ... production assistant
Dieter Meichsner ... story editor
Kerstin Schwarzburg ... script supervisor
Dudi Shik ... computer supervisor
Nasser Tahrawy ... production assistant
Tivi Zichrony ... production coordinator
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Plot Summary

Don Stevens is an ace reporter sent to Beirut, Lebanon to report on the Lebanese civil war. There he befriends English journalist Mike Jessop, who's staying at the same hotel as him. Stevens' downfall begins when he manages to get an exclusive interview with the head of one of the main factions in the war, the Palestine Liberation Organization headed by Yassin Abu-Riadd. When he sends the taped interview in, he learns that the man he spoke with was in fact not Abu-Riadd but an impersonator. In an attempt to salvage his reputation and save his career, Stevens goes back to find out who set him up and why. However, all three sides in the war try to stop his investigation and his life comes into danger. Stevens comes to realize that he's a pawn in a huge deadly conspiracy and if he fails to uncover it, many innocent people will die. He finally gets a breakthrough, when he meets Linda Larsen, a Scandinavian doctor who might be able to take him to the real Abu-Riadd.

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Also Known As
  • War Zone - Todeszone (West Germany)
  • Witness in the War Zone (World-wide, English title)
  • Zoni polemou (Greece)
  • Witness in the War Zone (Finland)
  • Swiadek wojny (Poland)
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  • 100 min
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Trivia This film was part of a cycle of pictures made during the 1980s that featured journalists covering war. The movies include Salvador (1986), Under Fire (1983), Circle of Deceit [Circle of Deceit (1981)], Witness in the War Zone (1987), Cry Freedom (1987), The Killing Fields (1984) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982). See more »

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