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O Jerusalem (2007)



Critic Consensus: Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece.

Movie Info

Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui's historical drama re-creates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans -- one Jewish and the other Arab -- are forced to make an incredible series of life-altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of Jerusalem gets under way, the Jews, Arabs, and Brits must all address such difficult issues as terrorism, politics, courage, and deprivation with a newfound sense of honesty and urgency. Drawing inspiration from authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre's best-selling novel of the same name, O Jerusalem offers a textured commentary on a conflict that continues to stir controversy in the 21st century.more
Rating: R (for some war scenes)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Didier Le Pêcheur, Elie Chouraqui
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 12, 2009
Box Office: $0.2M
IDP Distribution - Official Site


J.J. Feild
as Bobby Goldman
Said Taghmaoui
as Saïd Chahine
Maria Papas
as Hadassah
Patrick Bruel
as David Levin
Ian Holm
as Ben Gourion
Tovah Feldshuh
as Golda Meir
Mel Raido
as Jacob
Tom Conti
as Sir Cunningham
as Yael
Peter Polycarpou
as Abdel Khader
Jamie Harding
as Amin Chahine
Elie Chouraqui
as Isaac Roth
Rafi Tabor
as Ehud Avriel
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Critic Reviews for O Jerusalem

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

Good intentions often make bad movies.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

In trying to be sensitive to such a controversial issue, O Jerusalem glazes over important events settling for mediocrity while giving a history lesson more appropriate for high school.

October 26, 2007
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Director Elie Chouraqui and co-writer Didier Lepecheur [fall] prey to a fatal evenhandedness that reduces a complex battle for the loveliest, most fought-over city in the world to a pile of heroic clichés.

Full Review… | October 25, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem


Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


An interesting depiction based upon the book (also titled 'O Jerusalem') that centralizes upon events that led to the rise of the statehood of Israel. Great cast- Said Taghmaoui, J.J. Field, Mel Raido, Maria Papas, Patrick Bruel, and Ian Holm. Worthy!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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