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PG-13| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
In 1944, Jewish shop owner Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a radio broadcast on the movements of the Soviet army while he is shuttled to Nazi headquarters from the Warsaw, Poland, ghetto where he is imprisoned. Upon his return, he whispers what he's heard to his friend Mischa (Liev Schreiber), and before long the whole ghetto is alive with rumors and hope that the long war will soon end. Determined to keep up their spirits as best he can, Jakob continues to lie with the best of intentions.

Cast: Robin Williams , Alan Arkin , Bob Balaban , Hannah Taylor-Gordon , Michael Jeter , Armin Mueller-Stahl , Liev Schreiber , Nina Siemaszko

Director: Peter Kassovitz

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Television, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar Pictures

Jakob The Liar (1999)

Release Date: September 24th, 1999|1 hr. 54 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
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  • The self-congratulatory histrionics of Williams, lower lip trembling as he triumphs over torture in the name of the human spirit, represents a trend in Hollywood to make accessible melodrama out of unspeakable tragedy. show more

  • What it isn't ... is a particularly compelling contribution to the impressive and by now enormous collection of Holocaust movies. show more

  • An awkwardly executed, tedious and -- a near impossibility for a Holocaust movie -- emotionally uninvolving bore. show more

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