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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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6 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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... 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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Storyline

"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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Danny Balint  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,236, 19 May 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$406,035, 29 September 2002
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Henry Bean. See more »

Goofs

In the DVD version, the words "a decade" are silent in the phrase "The Thousand-Year Reich barely lasted a decade..." even though Zampf is still mouthing it. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Balint: You print that in the New York Times, Guy, and I'm gonna kill myself.
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References Strangers on a Train (1951) See more »

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Powerful but not exploitative
14 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

When I read a description of this film, I thought it would go overboard in the violence and "shock sequences." I was relieved and impressed that it left most of the violence to the imagination. The shock value comes from other places--the content, the dialogue. This is a very thought-provoking and smart movie, not at all preachy (and it easily could have been preachy). The acting is unforced and its story does not fall into the "American History X" trap: Its main character does not become an "all race loving" good guy. The protagonist in "The Believer" is a tortured soul, and his fate (although somewhat predictable) is fitting after the events in the film. This movie is another example that cable movies occasionally surpass theatrical movies in their subject matter and execution. Very well done.


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