West Beirut (1999)

West Beirut

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This French-Lebanese-Belgian co-production is an autobiographical drama. In 1975 after Tarek and Omar witness the start of civil war, they are picked up by Tarek's mother Hala. Hala wants to flee, but her husband won't allow it. Tarek and Omar wander about, but the realities of war soon intrude.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ziad Doueiri
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On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Runtime:
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as Riad Noueri

as Tarek Noueri

as Neighbor

as Oum Walid

as Roadblock Militiaman

as Bakery Militiaman
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Critic Reviews for West Beirut

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | May 9, 2003
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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This warm and very smart comedy is set against the backdrop of a war-torn city, like Hope and Glory's London. It's human and never stoops to sanctimony.

March 10, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Yes. A war zone can be fun for restless teens with hot blood and a passion for mischief.

Full Review… | April 20, 2002
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