O Jerusalem (film)
|Directed by||Elie Chouraqui|
|Produced by||Jeffrey Konvitz|
Didier Le Pechuer
The working title for release in the US is Beyond Friendship. It was produced for US distribution by Jeffrey Konvitz.
Two Americans, one Jewish, the other Arab, are friends. As the United Nations votes for the creation of the state of Israel, both are pulled into conflict, their involvement taking them from New York City to Jerusalem, where they risk their lives for what they each believe in. It depicts the Israeli War of Independence and the end of the British mandate of Palestine.
- JJ Feild - Bobby Goldman
- Saïd Taghmaoui - Saïd Chahine
- Maria Papas - Hadassah
- Patrick Bruel - David Levin
- Ian Holm - David Ben Gurion
- Tovah Feldshuh - Golda Meir
- Mel Raido - Jacob
- Cécile Cassel - Jane
- Mhairi Steenbock - Cathy
- Tom Conti - Sir Cunningham
- Shirel - Yaël
- Peter Polycarpou - Abdel Khader
The film received bad reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 33% of professional critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.6 out of 10, and the site consensus being "Though a noble effort, O Jerusalem fails to combine this history lesson and human drama into a coherent cinematic piece."
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