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O Jerusalem

3.6 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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On the streets of New York City in 1946, Jewish-American Bobby Goldman (JJ Feild) becomes best friends with Arab-Muslim Saïd Chahine (Saïd Taghmaoui). But when British-controlled Palestine erupts in war, these two intelligent and compassionate men will find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the historic battle for Jerusalem – the divided holy land whose name literally translates to ‘City Of Peace’. Oscar® nominee Tom Conti (REUBEN, REUBEN) co-stars in this epic saga of conflict, courage, and the fiery dawn of the state of Israel, featuring unforgettable performances by Academy Award® nominee Ian Holm (CHARIOTS OF FIRE) as David Ben-Gurion and Tovah Feldshuh (HOLOCAUST) as Golda Meir.

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  • Actors: Patrick Bruel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 12, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TIGFEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The beauty of the book was it's readability and detail, and, without fanfare, making it obvious that there were times when 2 states could have been achieved.

The movie gives nothing of this. A fictional backcloth that wasn't in the book adds nothing to the film, except a touch of unnecessary schmaltz. Somehow the producer's turned an exciting gripping story into schlock.

Hollywood, or whoever, at their worst. Don't waste your time watching it, read the book.
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I know of no other book ever written which so accurately covers this most significant subject, so completely, without resorting to fiction. The authors compiled dozens, if not hundreds, of firsthand accounts of the actual players on both sides of this historic struggle. This exceeds the work of "Exodus" in that NO fiction is used. As we all know, Truth is Stranger, and when it comes to this subject, that is an understatement. The authors did an absolutely historic job. The book limits its scope to the single period between the time of the UN vote to end the mandate, Nov. 1947, the declaration of the Modern Jewish State, and the initial war of Independence which determined its survival, up until the first UN truce. This book should be required reading by every person personally touched by the Middle East Conflict. That is, just about everyone. I only wish I had known a lot sooner this books existence. I would have read it years ago. P.S. Regarding the film that was done; there is no connection to the book other than the fictional movie was based upon the same period of time. Since the film was totally fiction, it could have easily been concocted without tainting the fantastic work of the two authors.
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I thought that while the story was very compelling, the acting was pretty average at best, and awkward at times. It seemed more like a cheap, made for TV movie. I really expected to like it more than I did but just didn't find it very engaging.
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I agree with Jack Wasson below - it's too bad the film-makers used the title of the truly excellent Collins-LaPierre book because this movie is just sub-par. The sound editor doesn't seem to understand how to make words clear so in the many scenes where groups of people are gathered what they are saying is almost incomprehensible. The director has no idea how to move the movie along because there is no sense of pace. In fact, it is clunky, awkward and amateurish.

Glad that I borrowed this from the library at no cost. Not worth watching.
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It's a good movie but it doesn't really reflect the book, so I was disappointed.
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First let me state that the potential of making a good movie out of the material should have been a given. However, the directing, acting and story line were terrible. I could hardly finish watching the movie. Save your money - there are much better movies out there covering Israel.
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I would give this 2 1/2 stars, not quite 3. It's a film that has great actors, performances and production. But it lacks a compelling narrative that sustains 101 minutes. I sadly never felt attached to any of the characters which frustrated me because I saw such emotional and compelling performances yet was not moved. It never was obvious what the film's goal was - other than to just document a chapter of Jerusalem's modern history. Or was it about friendship? Or was it about love? To enjoy and feel the emotional moments the film obviously was going for, I needed to understand the story those emotions were coloring in. The production was very good, however. There were several times where forgot this film was made in 2006. It had the style, feel and texture of a film made in the 50's or 60's which deepened its quality as a period film. I really enjoyed that. On the very down side, the sound was extremely uneven. I had to change the volume multiple times because I couldn't hear dialogue and then a bomb exploding made my walls rattle. In short, I'd say this film is not weaker than the sum of its parts. I hate to give it as many as 3, hate to give it as little as 2. If you buy it, enjoy the performances and production but don't expect to come away from it moved or transformed by the storytelling.
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This film is a well-casted adaptation of the novel of the same name. Although not a thorough as the novel, it nevertheless depicts that dangerous time at the end of the British rule of Palestine and the beginning of the Jewish State of Israel through the eyes of a Palestinian and an American Jew. There are various levels of each society that we meet before the division becomes too deep.

JJ Feild stands out in a fine cast as the American Jew returning home from WWII. I recommend reading the novel and viewing this film. Several books on the subject would be "Exodus" by Leon Uris and The Lemon Tree (which tells both stories will equality and is true.).
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