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Jakob the Liar (1999)

PG-13
120 min | Drama, War

In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. ...See moreIn 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Returned to the ghetto, the shopkeeper shares his information with a friend and then rumors fly that there is a secret radio within the ghetto. Jakob uses the chance to spread hope throughout the ghetto by continuing to tell favorable tales of information from "his secret radio." Jakob, however, has a real secret in that he is hiding a young Jewish girl who escaped from a camp transport train. A rather uplifting and slightly humorous film about World War II Jewish Ghetto life. Written by Anthony Hughes See less
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Writers
Jurek Becker (novel "Jakob der Lügner") | Peter Kassovitz (screenplay) | Didier Decoin (screenplay)
Composer
Ed Shearmur (as Edward Shearmur)
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$ 45,000,000
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$ 2,056,647
Gross (USA)
$ 4,956,401
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Release date
Sep 24, 1999 (United States)

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6.5 / 10 | 13,802 votes