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The Believer ()


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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

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Danny Balint
Peter Meadows ...
Orthodox Student
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Billings
Kris Eivers ...
Carleton
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O.L. (as Joel Garland)
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Curtis Zampf
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Lina Moebius
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Carla Moebius
Jack Drummond ...
Old Coot
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Rav Zingesser
James McCaffrey ...
Young Avi (as James G. McCaffrey)
Jacob Green ...
Young Danny
Frank Winters ...
Young Stuart
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Danny's Father
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Linda
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Guy Danielsen
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Whit
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Kyle
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Chuck
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Drake
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First Waiter
Christopher Kadish ...
Steve
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Judge
Lucille Patton ...
Mrs. Frankel
John Wills Martin ...
Hate Counselor (as John Martin)
Michael Marcus ...
Polish Man
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Ancient Jew
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Cindy Pomerantz
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Rabbi Greenwalt
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Ilio Manzetti
Dean Strober ...
Stuart
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Miriam
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Roger Brand
Judah Lazarus ...
Avi
Samantha Brody ...
Rosh Hashana Attendee
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TV Reporter
Carl Fischer ...
Guy's Photographer
Harvey Lieberman ...
Man at Yom Kippur
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Woman at Yom Kippur
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Danny's Father - Flashback (uncredited)
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Skin Head (uncredited)
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Woman in Shul at Rosh Hashannah (uncredited)
Russell Gibson ...
Group Leader (uncredited)
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Sarah Levy (uncredited)
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Waitress (uncredited)
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Worshiper (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry Bean

Written by

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Henry Bean ... (screenplay)
 
Henry Bean ... (story) &
Mark Jacobson ... (story)

Produced by

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Daniel Diamond ... executive producer
Kimberly N. Fajen ... line producer (as Kimberly Fajen)
Jay Firestone ... executive producer
Adam Haight ... executive producer
Susan Hoffman ... producer
Christopher Roberts ... producer
Eric Sandys ... executive producer

Music by

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Joel Diamond

Cinematography by

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Jim Denault

Film Editing by

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Mayin Lo
Lee Percy

Editorial Department

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Julie Carr ... first assistant editor
Michelle Harrison ... assistant editor
Robert Leaton ... colorist: high definition (as Robert K. Leaton)
Noelle Penraat ... negative cutter (as Noelle Penräat)
Roman Rossell ... editing room technician
Eric Singer ... editor: HD
Melissa Wegman ... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Laura Weinberg ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Adrienne Stern

Production Design by

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Susan Block

Art Direction by

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Lucio Seixas

Set Decoration by

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Carrie Stewart

Costume Design by

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Alex Alvarez
Jennifer Newman

Makeup Department

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Renee Didio ... key makeup artist (as Renee Von Maluski)
Angela Gallagher ... assistant hair stylist / assistant makeup artist
Seth Lombardi ... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Eric Kaplan ... post-production supervisor
Kimberly N. Fajen ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Roger M. Bobb ... first assistant director
Robert Dickerson Jr. ... second second assistant director
Michael T. Meador ... second assistant director (as Michael Meador)

Art Department

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Sarah Berney ... charge scenic
Shahen Guiragossian ... leadman
Michael Jortner ... assistant property master
Linda Krantz ... property master
Beth Krause ... properties shop: Props For Today
Frank Todaro ... art production assistant

Sound Department

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Kevin Bowe ... additional boom operator
Damian Canelos ... sound mixer (as Damian Elias Canelos)
Scott Cannizzaro ... adr engineer
Ted Clark ... re-recording mixer
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Peter Fonda ... boom operator
Dan Fulton ... sound intern
Malaika Langa ... audio post coordinator
Brian Langman ... sound effects editor / supervising sound editor
Lisa J. Levine ... adr editor
Angela Organ ... assistant sound editor
Dan Paikin ... boom operator (as Danny Paikin)
David Raphael ... sound mixer (as Dave Raphael)
Doug Roberts ... adr engineer
Paul P. Soucek ... sound effects editor
Eric Strausser ... audio post technical support
Bill Sweeney ... dialogue editor (as William Sweeney)
Brian Vancho ... foley artist
Daniel Ward ... assistant sound editor (as Dan Ward)
John Werner ... foley editor (as John M. Werner)
Stephen Fitzmaurice ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Drew Jiritano ... special effects coordinator
Thomas Viviano ... special effects assistant (as Tom Viviano)
Andrew Mortelliti ... special effects (uncredited)
Andrea Swistak ... special effects technician (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Steven Meyer ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Chuck Ardezzone ... stunts
Peter Bucossi ... stunt coordinator
Roy Farfel ... stunts
Don Hewitt ... stunts
Michael Russo ... stunts (as Mike Russo)
David Shumbris ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Matt Blades ... best boy grip
Eric Boncher ... gaffer: additional photography
Steve Briante ... first assistant camera: additional photography
Claire F. Cario ... first assistant camera
Ryan Cooke ... additional grip
Johnny Erbes-Chan ... key grip
Andrew Fishman ... company grip
Joe Foley ... gaffer: additional photography
Matthew Ford ... additional electric
David Gorn ... key grip: additional photography (as Dave Gorn)
Phil Gries ... camera operator: additional photography
Elizabeth Hedges ... still photographer
Scott Miller ... gaffer
Steven C. O'Neill ... additional electrician (as Steven O'Neill)
Adam Silver ... additional electric
Joia Speciale ... second camera
Victor Spinelli Jr. ... camera production assistant: additional photography
Craig Striano ... key grip: additional photography
Niknaz Tavakolian ... second assistant camera (as Niknaz)
Joshua Van Praag ... best boy electric
Bryan Wachtel ... additional electric (as Brian Wachtel)
Justin Whittaker ... additional electric
Ben Wolf ... director of photography: additional photography
Hashim Al-Mashat ... additional electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Charles Kaplan ... extras casting: Grant Wilfley Casting Inc.
Eric Scott ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Jill Newell ... assistant costume designer
Celine Pascot ... wardrobe production assistant

Location Management

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Matthew Manson ... location assistant
Jennifer Quesenbery ... assistant location manager
Andrew Yeo ... location manager

Music Department

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Nancy Allen ... assistant music editor
Joel Diamond ... score performer
Leigh Dorset ... vocalist
Evan Eisenberg ... vocalist: Rosh Hashanah Davener (Genesis)
Jonathan Glass ... musician: shofar (as Rabbi Jonathan Glass)
Maria Nieves ... vocalist
Suzana Peric ... music editor
Sasha Weiss ... vocalist: Yom Kippur Davener (Jonah)

Transportation Department

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Robert Johnson ... driver (as Robert Lee Johnson)
Thomas Kearns ... driver (as Tommy Kearns)
Jose Solis ... parking coordinator
Paul Wiener ... driver

Other crew

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Stephanie Angel ... intern
Steven C. Beer ... attorney
John Bonaparte ... assistant chef
Robert Bordiga ... completion bond services: The Motion Picture Bond Company
Frank M. Calo ... production executive
Patrick Campbell ... production assistant
Chester Coleman ... set medic
Tori Crotts ... assistant: Peter Hoffman
Albert T. Dickerson III ... completion bond services: The Motion Picture Bond Company (as Al Dickerson III)
Andrew Egendorf ... executive: Fuller Films
Maggie Engelhardt ... production coordinator (as Maggie G. Engelhardt)
David Fischer ... production assistant (as David Fisher)
Kelly Glover ... accounting assistant (as Kelly D. Glover)
Steven J. Goldfisher ... legal services: Emerson Bruns, Rudoph & Beer (as Steven Goldfisher)
Joe Hobel ... completion bond services: The Motion Picture Bond Company
Kate Hoffman ... assistant: Peter Hoffman
Vanessa Hoffman ... production assistant
Benjamin Hurvitz ... office production assistant (as Benjamin Hurwitz) / office production assistant
Jason Ivey ... production assistant
Tom Chacko Joseph ... intern
Jeff Kaplan ... project manager: DuArt
Louis Katz ... physician (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Steve Malone ... title designer
Décio Matos Júnior ... intern (as Decio Mates Jr.)
Peter Meadows ... production assistant
Stacey Menegay ... production assistant
Ross Miller ... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Lisa Molinaro ... script supervisor
Henry Previl ... chef
Andrea Rittigstein ... assistant: Eric Sandys
Tracy Sanford ... intern
William W. Sheets II ... craft service
Erik William Smith ... production executive
Lila Solomon ... office production assistant
Katie Stern ... production assistant
Victor Teran ... assistant: Susan Hoffman
Thomas G. Wallin ... post-production accountant (as Thomas Wallin)
Rick Washburn ... weapons: Weapons Specialists Ltd.
Lisa Yesko ... completion bond services: The Motion Picture Bond Company
Derek Yip ... production accountant
Jordan Brendan Finnegan ... production assistant (uncredited)
Calo Frank ... production executive (uncredited)
Diane Hounsell ... additional script supervisor (uncredited)
Donna 'Chipmunk' McCusker ... assistant: Adam Haight (uncredited)

Thanks

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Leora Barish ... thanks above all to
Eliza Bean ... special thanks
Richard Brick ... special thanks
Jonathan Buchsbaum ... thanks above all to
Gerry Byrne ... special thanks
Matthew Chapman ... special thanks
Michael Fields ... special thanks
Carl Fisher ... special thanks
Larry Gross ... special thanks
Paul Hond ... special thanks
Nick Kazan ... special thanks
Judah Lazarus ... thanks above all to
Barbara Leppler ... special thanks
Meyer Levine ... special thanks
Jonathan Mednick ... special thanks
Christiane Neaman ... special thanks
Dan Partland ... special thanks
Alexis Roberts ... special thanks
Ted Skillman ... special thanks
Peter Trias ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

"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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Also Known As
  • Danny Balint (France)
  • Inside a Skinhead (Germany)
  • El creyente (Spain)
  • The Believer: Täynnä vihaa (Finland)
  • Tolerância Zero (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,500,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $26,236, 19 May 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia Due to the film's low budget, the crew could not afford permits and many scenes had to be shot quickly. See more »
Goofs In the final synagogue segment, while the congregation is singing "Aveenu Malchenu," they keep changing keys from shot to shot, up a half-step and down a half-step and back up again again, indicating a string of takes edited together. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Million Dollar Hotel/The Invisible Circus/Head Over Heels (2001). See more »
Quotes Daniel Balint: Let me put it this way: Who wants to destroy the Jews? Who wants to grind their bones into the dust? And who wants to see them rise again? Wealthier, more successful, powerful, cultured, more intelligent than ever? Then you know what we have to do? We have to love 'em. What? Did he say ''Love the Jews''? It's strange, I know. But with these people, nothing is simple. The Jew says all he wants is to be left alone to study his Torah... do a little business... fornicate with his oversexed wife,but it's not true. He wants to be hated. He longs for our scorn. He clings to it, as if it were the very core of his being. If Hitler had not existed, the Jews would've invented him. For without such hatred, the so-called Chosen People would vanish from the earth. And this reveals a terrible truth and the crux of our problem as Nazis. The worse the Jews are treated, the stronger they become. Egyptian slavery made them a nation. The pogroms hardened them. Auschwitz gave birth to the state of Israel. Suffering, it seems, is the very crucible of their genius. So, if the Jews are,as one of their own has said... a people who will not take ''yes'' for an answer... let us say ''yes'' to them. They thrive on opposition. Let us cease to oppose them. The only way to annihilate this insidious people once and for all... is to open our arms, invite them into our homes... and embrace them. Only then will they vanish into assimilation, normality and love. But we cannot pretend. The Jew is nothing if not clever. He will see through hypocrisy and condescension. To destroy him, we must love him sincerely. If the Jews are strengthened by hate, wouldn't this... destruction that you speak of, whether it's by love or any other means... wouldn't that make them more powerful than they are already? Yes. lnfinitely more. They would become as God. It's the Jews' destiny to be annihilated so they can be deified. Jesus understood this perfectly. And look what was accomplished there with the death of just one enlightened Jew. Imagine what would happen if we killed them all."
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