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Once We Were Dreamers (1987)

Ha-Holmim (original title)
Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are... See full summary »

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Uri Barbash
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kelly McGillis ... Anda
John Shea ... Marcus
Arnon Zadok ... Amnon
Christine Boisson ... Sima
Roberto Pollack ... Yulek (as Roberto Pollak)
Sinai Peter ... Daniel
Neta Moran ... Temma
Amos Lavi ... Muhamed
Boris Rimmer Boris Rimmer ... Avrum
Alan Bergreen ... Natan
Martha Arden Martha Arden ... Rosa
Rachel Amran Rachel Amran ... Maha
Avi Gouetta Avi Gouetta ... Salim Assistant 2
Yossi Ashdot Yossi Ashdot ... Shepherd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yael Dar Yael Dar ... Leika
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Storyline

Set in the Middle East in 1919, a group of European Jews planning on settling in the Sinai Desert are attacked by Bedouin tribesmen. As they fight for their lives they realize that they are beginning a struggle for a new Jewish nation. This film chronicles the beginning of the modern Jewish struggle for a homeland. Written by Fryingham

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Drama

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

13 January 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unsettled Land See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel

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Production Co:

Belbo Films See more »
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Color:

Color
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soap opera Zionism
12 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Ace Israeli director Uri Barbash lays an egg on this 1987 film: a glossy, unconvincing period piece with a big budget and bankable stars (by Israeli film standards), and a dispiriting sense of commercial artifice. The story is loosely based on actual diaries of Jewish settlers in Galilee circa 1920, but a superficial attempt to trace the roots of Israeli-Arab antagonism only reduces complex issues to soap opera melodrama: Yulek loves Sima, who commits suicide out of unrequited passion for Zev, who lusts after Anda, who is having an affair with Amnon...and so forth. Much of the dialogue follows the same approach, overstating the obvious ("We're under attack!") and leaning hard on the narrative crutch of voice-over narration, which can't help but sound trite in heavily accented English. The film is basically a Hollywood western transplanted to the Middle Eastern frontier, with Jewish pioneer homesteaders defending themselves against wild Arab Indians. It looks as if Barbash couldn't resist the siren song of an ersatz Hollywood production, but the effort was unlikely to open any career doors.


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