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Lebanon (2009)

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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat ... Shmulik
... Assi
... Hertzel
... Yigal
... Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
... Syrian Captive
... 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya ... 2nd Phalangist
... Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Bian Antir ... Lebanese Father
Aisha ... Lebanese child
Fatima ... Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam ... Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama ... BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna ... Truck Driver
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June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a infantry platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot handle. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the most emblematic act of uncivilized problem solving: war. Written by Metro Communications

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Drama | War

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Rated R for disturbing bloody war violence, language including sexual references, and some nudity | See all certifications »

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15 October 2009 (Israel)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$17,145, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$367,798, 19 December 2010
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In the late 2000s, this was the third film in as many years to focus on Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. The other films are Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir (2008) and Joseph Cedar 's Beaufort (2007). See more »

Goofs

The photograph of the Eiffel Tower at the travel agency appears to be a more modern one, as it shows late model automobiles on the streets below. See more »

Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 28 April 2010 (2010) See more »

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Ana el Qwerka
Music by Mustapha Skandrani and lyrics by Mustapha Kechekoui
Performed by Sami Badra, with Vitali Podolski (accordion), Sanya Kroytor (violin) and Yisrael Bright (piano)
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Very well done
27 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Yes, it's true, I will not call this film a masterpiece but it most definitely does catch the emotions and fears of a young soldier. It must be remembered that unlike most countries, Israelis must serve in the army after high school/when they turn 18. This means that not every soldier is prepared emotionally for what is about to come especially at a time of war. Finally there is a movie that portrays the soldiers as what they really are - human beings. I believe the comment left by the person who was disappointed by the movie comes from a very naive place. It is very easy to think that all soldiers are robotic with one aim - to shoot the enemy but to understand the complexity and the mixed emotions a 19 year old boy, who just finished high school and was thrown into this situation with no warning, feels as he begins the first day of a war is virtually impossible unless you see it through the eyes of someone who has actually witnessed the horrors of war in this situation. The acting was very good and gave a real feeling of Israeli persona and brotherhood. It is realistic and unbiased - shows both left and right wing behaviors. It is not an easy movie and it really captures the feelings of the characters in a way you can not escape.


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