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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.


J.J. Feild
as Bobby Goldman
Saïd 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
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Critic Reviews for O Jerusalem

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (14)

Good intentions often make bad movies.

November 21, 2007 | Rating: C

The filmmakers split time between history and personal drama in ways that do full service to neither.

November 15, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4

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 | Rating: 2/4

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.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's hard to take the film seriously with [its] contrivances, including a hokey music score, dialogue designed solely to give us historical information.

October 25, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

October 25, 2007

Audience Reviews for O Jerusalem


Decent movie. Nothing spectacular, though...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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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