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  • Summary: O Jerusalem meticulously re-creates the historic struggle surrounding the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. At the center of these events are two young, American friends--one Jewish, the other Arab. The film is told from the alternating viewpoints of the Jews, Arabs, and Brits, all of whom collide in their fight for the control of Jerusalem while bringing to the forefront themes of courage, terrorism, deprivation, politics, and a strong sense of morality. Their involvement takes them from the streets of New York to the Holy Land, where they risk their lives--making incredible sacrifices along the way--to fight for what they believe in as the city of their dreams teeters on the brink of destruction. The film, based on historical accounts from the best-selling novel O Jerusalem written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, offers a rich background to an explosive conflict that echoes the situation in the Middle East today. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
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  1. 50
    What is evident from the film is that there was never any chance these two peoples could make a peaceful coexistence.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Matchan
    Alas, it aspires to be an epic drama but suffers from an acute identity crisis: It can't decide if it wants to be history, drama, or a cry for peace in the Mideast.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Features some first-rate cinematography and solid acting, but absolutely no sense of emotional boundaries.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Formulaic film recounts the tumultuous birth of Israel.
  5. Whether on a Middle Eastern battlefield or the streets of New York, characters converse in stilted, expository mouthfuls that smother emotion.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    O Jerusalem has the virtue of energy, but it suffers from superficiality, particularly with regard to the characterizations.
  7. This bloated 2006 historical epic flatlines early and never regains a pulse.

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  1. PaulD.
    Oct 22, 2007
    Attempts an even-handed look at origins of Israel, but music swells up when Jewish personal tragedies and danger appear, but much less so on the Palestinian side. Protagonists on opposite sides "meet cute" in New York, and then somehow keep meeting in Jerusalem when their respective sides are fighting each other. Tries do do too much and is not really convincing. Sound was also not too good in the version I saw. Expand