The Jerusalem File

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The Jerusalem File
Directed by John Flynn
Produced by Ram Ben Efraim
Written by Troy Kennedy Martin
Starring Bruce Davison
Nicol Williamson
Music by John Scott
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Edited by Norman Wanstall
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1972 (1972)
Running time
96 min
Country United States
Language English

The Jerusalem File is a 1972 film directed by John Flynn. It stars Bruce Davison, Nicol Williamson, Daria Halprin, and Donald Pleasence.[1]


The film follows a young American named David, who comes to Israel to study and finds an Arab friend who legally lives there. Before long he finds himself involved with others and finds not all in Israel is as it appears. The action takes place before the 1967 Six Day War.



Director John Flynn later recalled the original script was bad but Troy Kennedy Martin rewrote it and Flynn loved the result. The movie was shot in Israel. Flynn:

I stayed at the American Colony Hotel in east Jerusalem, further refining the script while waiting for the production money to come in. All the foreign journalists congregated in the bar of that hotel. So I’d be sitting there in that cavern, as they called it, with all these gentlemen of the press, getting the inside dope on what was really happening in Israel... I never saw Ian Hendry sober, but he somehow managed to function. He’d start with a couple of shots in the morning, but it didn’t seem to affect him. He’d say his lines clearly. Hendry was a perfectly functioning alcoholic when I worked with him. Nicol Williamson (who played an archaeologist) was a wild man too. Very heavy drinker. Late one night, Nicol got quite loaded and threatened to throw Bob Dylan off a hotel balcony![2]


The Jerusalem File was met with mixed reception from critics. A. H. Weiler of The New York Times concluded his review stating, "The politics, the disparate motivations and the implicit drama of youth defeated by a world they don't want are only vaguely projected and are secondary to the chase and shoot-em-up action of The Jerusalem File."[1]

Flynn said the film "didn’t do well at the box office and has all but disappeared."[2]

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  1. ^ a b Weiler, A. H. (February 3, 1972). "'The Jerusalem File' Arrives". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Harvey Chartand, "Interview with John Flynn", Shock Cinema 2005 accessed 16 February 2015

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