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.

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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.
R (for some war scenes)
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J.J. Feild
as Bobby Goldman
Said Taghmaoui
as Saïd Chahine
Maria Papas
as Hadassah
Patrick Bruel
as David Levin
Ian Holm
as Ben Gurion
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 (23) | Top Critics (12)

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Good intentions often make bad movies.

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.

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
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Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem


Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A very moving film that includes actual historical footage. It made a historical event I was impartial to mean something, and I think that's the point of a movie like this.

Brittanie McBride
Brittanie McBride

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
Leo L

Super Reviewer

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