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The Green Prince (2014)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Biography | 2014 (Israel)
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The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.

Director:

Nadav Schirman

Writers:

Nadav Schirman, Mosab Hassan Yousef (based on the book by)
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Mosab Hassan Yousef ... Himself
Gonen Ben Yitzhak ... Himself
Sheikh Hassan Yousef Sheikh Hassan Yousef ... Himself
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Storyline

A Palestinian in Ramallah, Mosab Hassan Yousef grows up angry and ready to fight Israel. Arrested for smuggling guns at the age of 17, he's interrogated by the Shin Bet, Israel's security service, and sent to prison. But shocked by Hamas's ruthless tactics in the prison and the organization's escalating campaign of suicide bombings outside, Mosab agrees to spy for Israel. For him, there is no greater shame. For his Shin Bet handler, Gonen, there is no greater prize: "operating" the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material and some disturbing images. | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | UK | Israel

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Son of Hamas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,698, 12 September 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$257,779, 21 November 2014
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boring, amateurish disappointment
15 September 2014 | by lesdroitsSee all my reviews

Saw this premier weekend in New York. Promised to be - and was promoted by NYTimes as being - fascinating "thriller". Was neither fascinating nor a thriller, but instead appeared a boring amateur production.

Unlike effective documentaries, there was no third party speaker or voice over putting things together in context but ONLY two talking heads (Mosad and his hander) which made up almost the entire movie, plus occasional shots of a map of the affected area, some short news clips showing Mosad's father speaking, a small bit of headline news, and then the same shot -- repeated over and over throughout the movie -- of a man, presumably Mosad, and a white car he gets into after walking along. So for the duration of the movie, it was basically just Mosad talking, then his former handler talking, Mosad, handler, Mosad, handler. And the discussion didn't really even make all that clear what should have been the pivotal point of the movie --what it was that "turned" Mosad. There was so little discussion on that point that, if you tended to nod off, as many were doing in the theater, you likely missed it. No Ken Burns here. Not even close. You come away from this non-gripping film understanding little more than you did from just reading a summary of the movie. New York Times reviewer--did you even watch it?


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