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At Theaters: 9/24/1999 On Video: 3/21/2000
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 099903
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, poor Jewish café owner Jakob keeps hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants when he invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. The Germans learn of the mythical radio, however, and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares operate it...

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Drama - Jakob the Liar is a dark comedy about the Holocaust, similar in tone to the Oscar-winning Life is Beautiful. Fans of Robin Williams' dramatic performances may enjoy this film, as might viewers particularly interested in the subject matter of the Holocaust. The tone is somewhat gritty, however, and the violent content may be troubling to some viewers. Others could find the story too sentimental in some areas, or too fragmented in its focus
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robin Williams (Patch Adams)
Alan Arkin (Gattaca)
Director: Peter Kassovitz
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Moderately strong, infrequent
SEX/NUDITY: Some suggestive sexual content, no nudity
VIOLENCE: Beatings, executions
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of drinking alcohol
ACTION: A couple of tense chases
COMEDY: Dark comedy about serious subjects
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Below Average
This promising story of an ordinary person doing the extraordinary is burdened from the outset by casting: the "ordinary person" in question, Jakob Heym, is played by Robin Williams. Jakob the Liar depends on the notion that Jakob has to struggle to craft his fictions, but Williams always looks like he's struggling not to craft them. There's also the problem of a cutesy relationship with a child that's both too familiar (after Life is Beautiful) and distracting. A surprisingly gritty production with some effective dark humor can't quite make up for the incongruities.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 127 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
11
High
91%
13-19Teens (F)
13
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
16
Fairly High
88%
30+Adults (M)
29
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
44
High
89%
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In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, poor Jewish café owner Jakob (Robin Williams) accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military successes against German forces. To combat the overwhelming depression and suicide that pervades the ghetto, Jakob tells fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants-spirits are lifted, hearts are refreshed and hope is reborn. The Germans learn of the mythical radio, however, and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares operate it...

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