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The Believer (2001)

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A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Danny Balint
Peter Meadows ... Orthodox Student
... Billings
Kris Eivers ... Carleton
... O.L. (as Joel Garland)
... Curtis Zampf
... Lina Moebius
... Carla Moebius
Jack Drummond ... Old Coot
... Rav Zingesser
James McCaffrey ... Young Avi (as James G. McCaffrey)
Jacob Green ... Young Danny
Frank Winters ... Young Stuart
... Danny's Father
... Linda
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"The Believer" explores a Jewish student's private journey to understand the meaning of Judaism in his life. Set in New York City, the Plot follows a morally confused young adult struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. "The Believer" examines themes of religion, family, and self-loathing. It is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole. Written by Joe Bloggs

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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23 August 2001 (Russia)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$26,236, 19 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$406,035, 29 September 2002
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Critically acclaimed, grand-jury prize winner at Sundance Festival in January 2001, then appeared on Showtime pay-cable in March 2002, before finally being released theatrically in NYC, May 2002. See more »

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During Ryan Gosling's speech on Antisemitism his shirt color changes from gray to dark blue to gray again. See more »

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Daniel Balint: In the mere three centuries since these guys emerged from the ghettos of Europe, they've taken us from a world built on order and reason and hurled us into a chaos of class warfare, irrational urges and relativity, a world where the very existence of matter and meaning is in doubt.
Daniel Balint: Why? Because it is the deepest impulse of the Jewish soul to unravel the very fabric of life until nothing is left but thread, nothing but nothingness.
Daniel Balint: Nothingness without end.
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Intelligent and Provocative
1 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I found myself alone in an small theater yesterday watching "The Believer". The absence of a crowd didn't have any impact what so ever on my experience with this film.

Daniel Balint is a promising new right wing extremist who, with his radical ideas and eloquence, wins over the minds of a small group of neo-Nazis. At first he expresses that he wants Jews dead because, as he states, anti-semitism is a human instinct. But Daniel is a Jew himself. He denies his roots, But as the movie progresses he must come to terms with who he is. And that's not always easy.

Ryan Gosling who plays Daniel is a frightening good actor, who almost manages to persuade the audience of his anti-semitic views. I really can't praise Ryan Gosling enough! He could be one of the great new actors to come. The interesting aspect of this movie is the mental struggle in Daniels mind whether he's a Nazi or a Jew. Or both? It's about finding out who you are. The films poses some very intelligent questions, and provokes at times, and this is the films force. This movie is brilliant! Go see it!


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