O Jerusalem

3 out of 5 stars
This earnest adaptation of a novel by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre tells the story of two New Yorkers, one a Jew and the other an Arab, who end up fighting on opposite sides in the conflict that followed the 1947 partition of Palestine. Its heart firmly in the right place, O Jerusalem proves an uneasy mix of history and fiction, with major characters rubbing elbows with the likes of David Ben-Gurion (Ian Holm!) and King Abdullah. Indeed, the movie’s failure to reduce the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into simplistic personal drama may be its most authentic aspect.

By: Joshua Land


Release details

Rated: R
Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elie Chouraqui
Screenwriter: Elie Chouraqui, Didier Le Pêcheur
Cast: JJ Field
Saïd Taghmaoui
Maria Papas
Patrick Bruel
Ian Holm
Tovah Feldshuh
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