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


Samuel Maoz


Samuel Maoz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat ... Shmulik
Itay Tiran ... Assi
Oshri Cohen ... Hertzel
Michael Moshonov ... Yigal
Zohar Shtrauss ... Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa ... Syrian Captive
Ashraf Barhom ... 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya Fares Hananya ... 2nd Phalangist
Reymonde Amsallem ... Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Byan Anteer Byan Anteer ... Lebanese Father (as Bian Antir)
Aisha Aisha ... Lebanese child
Fatima Fatima ... Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam Khaled Salam ... Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama Iad Abu Nama ... BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna Hussein Mahagna ... Truck Driver


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


After his wartime experiences, it took Samuel Maoz 25 years to actually be able to physically write a screenplay based on what he had witnessed. Every attempt he had made beforehand had made him vomit. See more »


The number plate on the brown Mercedes, although similar to Lebanese number plates in the 80s, has the Arabic number back to front. 72194 in English and 49127 in Arabic. See more »


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


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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Great Intense Movie
21 July 2011 | by jimel98See all my reviews

ihrtfilms did a lovely job reviewing this film and I agree with every word. MY additional comments are based on the fact that I am a VERY nit-picky person when watching a film. I drive people nuts when I point out faults in this or that. With that being said, I can SEE where some might find fault with some of the particular errors in this film (i.e. the lack of helmets) but to be truthful, though I am ONE OF THEM, I was so caught up in the intensity of this film, I didn't even notice the irregularities.

This film IS intense and very well acted. I literally was on the edge of the couch I usually lay back on while watching movies and it takes a fair amount to get me on that edge.

Lebanon may not be perfect, but it's perfectly good. I could find no fault with it and didn't even try. It sucks you in from the minute it starts. The very fact that you NEVER LEAVE THE TANK is amazing. If you are even remotely claustrophobic, maybe you shouldn't watch this movie. You might be in your own home in a spacious room with windows and everything, but once you get into this movie, you feel like you're with the crew and they won't let you out until the end.

I won't say more primarily because, as simple as the story line is, it's a complex movie and to say much, would say TOO much.

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15 October 2009 (Israel) See more »

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$17,145, 8 August 2010

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1.85 : 1
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