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Jakob the Liar (1999)

Jakob the Liar
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good but depressing

10 years, 10 months ago at Oct 9 1:57
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1944. Poland.
Jewish shopkeeper Jakob (Robin Williams) accidentally overhears a German radio broadcast about Russian troop movements. Upon his return to the ghetto, he shares his information with a friend. Suddenly, rumors fly about a secret radio within the ghetto and Jakob tells fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis.
However Jakob has a real secret: he ... read more

An average movie

6 years, 5 months ago at Mar 9 12:16
2 votes
I have never heard of this movie before but since it was starring Robin Williams, I thought I could give it a try. I must say it was rather interesting to see Robin Williams doing something different for a change and the story was not bad at all but I can't say it was really mindblowing. The first issue is that it is obviously really similar to 'Life is beautiful' but it never reaches the level of... read more


3 years, 12 months ago at Aug 18 7:55
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I decided to watch this as part of my respect for Robin Williams as I haven't seen this yet. I never expected to see a movie about such a serious subject as WWII turned into somewhat of a dramedy. I mean it is more of a dark comedy of sorts. It was a bittersweet story dealing with a sad subject while bringing hints of humor throughout the story. The acting is great and the storyline is quite inter... read more
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During World War II in Nazi occupied Poland, poor Jewish café owner Jakob (Robin Williams) accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military successes against German forces. To fight the incredible depression and suicide throughout the ghetto, Jakob tells fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants. The Germans learn of the mythical radio, however, and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares operate it.
Release date: 24 September 1999
UPC: 043396028449
Tags: Drama (11), War (10), Holocaust (7), WWII (6), Suicide (5), Nazi (5), Hope (4), Remake (4), Torture (4), Gestapo (4), 1990s (4), Heart Disease (3), 1999 (3), World War II (3), 1940s (3), Usa (3), Train (3), Based On Novel (2), Death Of Protagonist (2), Poland (2)
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