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O Jerusalem (2006)

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A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the country of Israel is being created.

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Élie Chouraqui

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
JJ Feild ... Bobby Goldman
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Saïd Chahine
Maria Papas ... Hadassah
Patrick Bruel ... David Levin
Ian Holm ... Ben Gurion
Tovah Feldshuh ... Golda Meir
Mel Raido ... Jacob
Cécile Cassel ... Jane
Mhairi Morrison Mhairi Morrison ... Cathy (as Mhairi Steenbock)
Tom Conti ... Sir Cunningham
Shirel ... Yaël
Peter Polycarpou ... Abdel Khader
Daniel Lundh ... Roni
Anatol Yusef ... Major Tell
Jamie Harding ... Amin Chahine
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A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the country of Israel is being created.

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The historic struggle for Jerusalem and the birth of Israel.

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Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war scenes | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Haut et Court [France]

Country:

France | UK | Italy | Greece | Israel | USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

18 October 2006 (France) See more »

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Beyond Friendship See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,165, 21 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$233,520, 2 December 2007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In one of the US scenes in the beginning of the film, a 1950's Hudson automobile drives by when this is supposed to be the late 1940's. See more »

Quotes

Golda Meir: Your Majesty, we could never accept it. You know this. Of course we want peace, But we also want a land of our own.
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Referenced in Le voyage du ballon rouge (2007) See more »

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Yismehou
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Arranged by James Compton
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If I forget thee, O Jerusalem let my right hand forget...
30 May 2011 | by nzallblacks_12See all my reviews

That, oh so poignant verse from Psalm 137 altogether sums my impressions of the film. By all means, I am kind with my assessment. This should have been a great film, provided, the Hollywood script writers followed the book's theme. Alas, they did not; what else is new under the sun!

Despite its potential, the film did not explore or enunciate enough two of its main themes: the futility of war and more important, man's continued penchant to inflict inhumanity on fellow man. Oh yes, Bobby Golden Boy Goldman, one of the film's major players does indeed state either or both of those strong tenets even boldly. However, he does so en passant. Moreover, his excellent points are nonetheless made moot as the director cuts to the chase and the next bloodied then quickly sanitized atrocious conflict scene time and again. And there were so many of these telegraphed, goofy scenes. So many in fact,that soon I lost count.

Not long after, quite frankly I lost any or all lingering interest to stick it out until the curtain fell. Thank God for that tender mercy. This low budget, grade 'B' production could not end soon enough.

Before I exit, I must say that the film's depiction of the British protector-ship of the former Palestine was well, pathetic. Yes, we got it; the Thin Red Line had already gone bald and lost all of its former glory by that point. However, to paint them redder, er, yellow and to make them appear more inept even treacherous to the Hebrew cause, is well taking many creative, film making liberties.

Sure, the Brits neglected their peace keeping role while there. Even General Barker voiced his 'haaarrumph' stilted opinion and attested to that very fact while protesting to the then backpedaling, fleeing British High Commissioner. Still, he did so in a not so poignant manner nor propitious moment. No matter. The film had already gone so far south that it was difficult for me to discern which way lay O Jerusalem let alone the true path to peace.

I believe, the director and producer, though in an odd way tried to make their best case (whatever that was, we will never know). To wit, they could have done better with the film's plot if they had invested more time in exploring that noble road map to peace theme. No doubt, that lofty goal was well within their grasp and cinematic scope. However, all too predictably they instead chose to either neglect it, cut it first pass, or simply cast it aside altogether, just the same.

Like the British, Hollywood just could not help themselves nor the script. At every turn the actors fumbled the football, or bungled the entire dialog until finally, together, the flimsy cast and entire film crew botched what should have been an otherwise beautiful, possibly even most edifying film.

Forget about it!

Sigh...


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