Jakob the Liar

1999, Comedy/Drama, 1h 54m

72 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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In 1944, Jewish shop owner Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a radio broadcast on the movements of the Soviet army while he is shuttled to Nazi headquarters from the Warsaw, Poland, ghetto where he is imprisoned. Upon his return, he whispers what he's heard to his friend Mischa (Liev Schreiber), and before long the whole ghetto is alive with rumors and hope that the long war will soon end. Determined to keep up their spirits as best he can, Jakob continues to lie with the best of intentions.

Cast & Crew

Robin Williams
Jakob Heym, Narrator
Alan Arkin
Max Frankfurter
Justus von Dohnányi
Preuss
Gregg Bello
Blumenthal
Robin Williams
Executive Producer
Ed Shearmur
Original Music
Elemér Ragályi
Cinematographer
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Luciana Arrighi
Production Design
Wieslawa Starska
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  • May 15, 2010
    I loved this movie. Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber were outstanding. This movie is set during WW2 in Warsaw where Nazis have taken control of a community of Jews. Jakob is one of the jews and somehow the word gets out that he owns a radio which according to Nazis is not allowed. Jakob tells his fellow citizens news that he claims that he has heard on the radio and this keeps the hopes up in the community, hopes that the war will soon have an end. This truly is a touching story and it is so well played by these talented actors.
    Naughtia N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2010
    I liked it. It was definately a different spin on the typical Holocaust movie. I liked the ending as well.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • May 04, 2009
    Unique and interesting. Definitely a differnt role for Robin. I love him and LIev though. It was a cute story. Maybe cute isnt the right word to use though. Im not really sure what to call it. It was alright though, nothing amazing, a little too long. But still. Its not a bad film.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2009
    I admire Robin Williams as an actor but I have no time for "holocaust" movies. To me they are nothing more than awards bait. I don't believe a single one has ever truly portrayed what actually went on, and a diet version of such events is criminal. This film tries to show the harshness but the tone is too light and nothing happens that you don't expect.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer

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