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The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 18 October 2013 (USA)
Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an ... See full summary »


Richard Trank


Richard Trank (screenplay), Avner Yehudai (book) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Sandra Bullock ... Golda Meir (voice)
Robert Cait
Michael Douglas ... Yitzhak Rabin (voice)
Leonard Nimoy ... Levi Eshkol (voice)
Steven Schub
Christoph Waltz ... Menachem Begin (voice)


Based on the best- selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The first of two parts, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses on Ambassador Avner's years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six-Day War, the development of Israel's close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath. In the spring of 2014, the second film based on Ambassador Avner's book, The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers, will be released, examining Ambassador Avner's experiences with Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres as well as his... Written by Richard Trank

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An interesting memoir by a well-place insider
2 February 2014 | by sleemon-868-665974See all my reviews

This film is the first part of a two-part adaptation of Yehuda Avner's bestselling memoir "The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership." Avner is a very well-placed source because he served as a speech writer, secretary, and adviser to four Israeli Prime Ministers — Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Menachem Begin. He later served in diplomatic posts such as Israel's Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia.

As Israel has fought a number of wars since the founding of the state in 1948 its leaders have been tested more than most, and Avner was right there when decisions that were crucial to the future of the country were made. His stories about about the behind-the-scenes details of political events from 1948 through the Six Day war should be of interest of history buffs and those interested in the psychology of world leaders. The director's decision to supplement the historical footage and interviews with excerpts from speeches read by famous actors was an unfortunate one, however. Although Leonard Nimoy does a creditable job voicing prime minister Levi Eshkil, it's kind of difficult to get over the "Mr. Spock" effect. Sandra Bullock, on the other hand, makes a laughable Golda Meir.

Some critics have faulted or even dismissed the movie because it doesn't present a balanced view of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The film never pretends, however, to be anything other than a memoir of one man's personal experiences. He happens to be an Israeli, so naturally, the film reflects that viewpoint. If you don't like Israel or Israelis, don't go to see this film.

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