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Jakob the Liar

  • Lie number 57: tell everybody that I have a portable radio!

Set in a Polish Jewish ghetto towards the end of World War II. A pancake vendor accidentally hears a forbidden radio broadcast. At first he tries to keep it to himself, but is then forced to use the news to help save a friend's life and give him hope.
Unfortunately, his plan backfires when his friend goes about telling everybody that Jakob has a radio, a possession severly restricted by the Nazis. Even though Jakob tried, nobody seemed to believe that he did not own a radio. He then starts telling people little white lies to calm their fears and to give them hope.


120 minutes, Parental Guidance
Comedy, Drama

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Credits
Cast
Robin Williams, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, Eva Igo
Director
Peter Kassovitz
ScreenplayJurek Becker, Peter Kassovitz
MusicEd Shearmur
CinematographyElemer Ragalyi
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
SoundtrackNot available
Made in1999
Produced byTriStar Pictures, Blue Wolf, Kasso Inc. Productions(

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas14
Cape ArgusAdrian Monteath5
Cape ArgusOwen Williams10
The StarJay Carr16
Die BurgerPaul Blom10
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough14
SA City LifeTony Jackman10
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge12
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Tom Lyons1
Box Office (USA)Annlee Ellingson10
Rough Cuth (USA)Daysun Chang11
Total Film (UK)Neil Smith5
IMDB147 Netizens12
Average .. 50%10

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: Interesting film. My rating is higher than the foreign critics, maybe I was not polluted by ''Life is Beautiful'' which apparently deals with a similar theme. In fact, I don't think that this film is actually about the holocaust at all. Instead, it is an examination of human psychology, and how hope is sometimes the only thing that keeps us going. The subtext implies that the Old Testament prophets did much the same thing for the people of Israel during their dark times. The implications of THAT are far-reaching...


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