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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as Bobby Goldman
as Saïd Chahine
as David Levin
as Ben Gurion
as Golda Meir
as Sir Cunningham
as Abdel Khader
as Amin Chahine
as Isaac Roth
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Critic Reviews for O Jerusalem
Good intentions often make bad movies.
The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.
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.
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.
It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.
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.
Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem
Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...
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!
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