Jakob the Liar Poster

Release Date: 1999

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2000

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

Production Co: TriStar Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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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.

  • Deserves a place alongside "Life Is Beautiful" and, yes, even "Schindler's List." show more

  • A trial of cliche, strained optimism, and dire quasi-comedy. show more

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