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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.


Samuel Maoz


Samuel Maoz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yoav Donat 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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Hebrew | Arabic | French | English

Release Date:

15 October 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Lebanon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,145, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$367,798, 19 December 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The entire film was shot in and around Tel Aviv. See more »


The car in the courtyard next to the pile of clothes that the woman falls into has a number plate that was introduced in Lebanon in the 90s. See more »


Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) 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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Perhaps the worst tank crew in all of history
13 November 2010 | by soldaten116See all my reviews

I would have given this a one star but in the end, I don't want to discourage someone from making a real movie about this genre. This has got to be the worst tank crew in the history of armored warfare. Now, I know some IDF tankers personally. They consider themselves elite. The general IDF conscripts are sometimes bad but not the Armored Corps or their paratroop units. Their bravery and skill defended their borders against much larger and desperate tank assaults from Egypt, Jordan and Syria. Sometimes simultaneously. This crew couldn't hold back a team of boy scouts armed with slingshot. I am going to see if they'll comment on this but this movies is an insult to that bravery.

First off, this no one obeys orders. The gunner is a coward who follows his own troops with his gun sight (camera trick use d to film the action I know but it totally fails in that it is not what he's supposed to be doing, at all) and searching for targets. When he is presented with a target, not once does he actually fire on command. I am not debating his target opportunities, those were so cliché and predictable I wanted to turn the movie off.

A commander is supposed to be looking for targets and leading the tank. Two things he does not do during the entire movie. The loader is insubordinate to the point where I was hoping someone would just shoot him or, at least, kick his ass.

After a while I wanted the Captain Jamil to just shoot them all and I could not blame him in the least for what he did.

Too many other unbelievable things going on here. What tank commander allows just anyone to open the hatch. First off you can't unless someone inside unlocks it. You can't just walk up to a tank on a battlefield and open it like a car. Second. I want to be in that tank. They had enough room for a prisoner, interrogator and at one point a dead body? Who allows that?! Put it on the outside in a Body bag or under a blanket. Jeez. They had so much extra room they could put a bloody body in there ? That had to be the biggest turret I've ever seen. I actually felt like moving in, they seemed to have enough space. I did not feel claustrophobic at all. The crew's treatment of the tank should have been a court martial offense. Throwing trash on the floor, rounds lying in the oil/water mix, crap everywhere. You don't leave junk or trash lying all over your Armored Vehicle. A) There's no room and B) you don't want that junk to get in your way when your fighting.

Finally the "reflective" or "contemplative" camera style of just leaving the lens on an object for 5-10 minutes at a time (especially at the beginning) was sooo annoying I had a hard tome not hitting the FF button just to get through it.

Bottom line, see a movie like "The Beast" if you want to see tank crew action. Even Denzel does a good job in his Courage Under Fire movie. Skip this, it has not point, no action and no logic. This was not, anywhere near, and accurate representation of the war, of fighting men in a tank, of anything really. What a waste of a great topic for the sake of "Art".

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