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The Believer
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7.3 IMDB rating

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Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling

Danny Balint
Peter Meadows

Peter Meadows

Orthodox Student
Kris Eivers

Kris Eivers

Carleton
Billy Zane

Billy Zane

Curtis Zampf
Theresa Russell

Theresa Russell

Lina Moebius
Summer Phoenix

Summer Phoenix

Carla Moebius


Written by
Henry Bean

Henry Bean

(screenplay)
Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson

(story)


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4 years, 2 months ago at Jan 5 10:16
2 votes
I watched this because I had heard that it was better then "American History X"... which it is not and I'm rather surprised that the two films could be compared to each other.

I'm also pretty surprised that after "Homicide" (1991) got trashed by critics for being 'yet another film about a Jewish man hating Jews', that this film was so well praised.

Sure the acting i... read more

Not wholly believable

7 years ago at Feb 9 15:50
2 votes
The poster quotes read "It will pin you to your seat", "Riveting", "Volatile". It's all three thanks to a brilliant Ryan Gosling performance. However, it's hard to get behind this film too much when the story-teller omits such important things like telling/showing us what initially drove Danny to turn his hatred on to his own people. I find it hard to believe that it was built on classroom debate ... read more

A very good movie

4 years, 1 month ago at Jan 7 15:51
2 votes
I know 'American History X' is a real classic but, in my opinion, this unrated/unseen gem which deals with the same subject is actually much better. Indeed, in contrary to 'American History X' which was filled with some rather obvious stereotypes, I thought the story was quite heartbreaking, fascinating and much more subtle. At the center, you have this main character who has so many layers and wa... read more
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A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic worldview. Based on the true story of a KKK member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.
Release date: 23 August 2001
UPC: 031398826125
Drama (10), Racism (5), 2001 (4), (4), Religion (4), 2000s (4), Usa (3), Identity (3), Skinhead (2), Torture (2), Murder (2), Nazis (2), Neo Nazi (1), Philosophy (1), Facism (1), Nazi (1), Society (1), Jew (1), Christianity (1)
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“Inspired by Daniel Burros life, a jew, member of american nazi party and Ku klux klan. Could be see like the figure of self hated jew, and could be continued by the reading of Bernard Lazare, "the antisemitism, his history and his causes"” read more

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"17.9. En elokuvan aiheeseen pureutuvia elokuvia ole pahemmin tullut katselleeksi, mutta tämä oli kokonaisuudessaan ihan toimiva tapaus. Ryan Gosling (lienee varsin tuttu myös mm. Drivesta) juutalaisena uusnatsina hoitaa roolinsa erittäin hienosti, vaikka muu hahmokaarti tuntuukin jäävän vähän ikävästi tämän roolisuorituksen taakse. Elokuva ei myöskään onneksi ihan rupea selittämään asioita kädestä pitäen, vaan antaa katsojalle aika paljon valtaa tehdä omia johtopäätöks"


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"7.2 Nuoren miehen kamppailu oman identiteettinsä löytämiseksi, mutta kummalta puolelta? Tarina pyörii nuoren juutalaisen uusnatsin ympärillä, joka on sitä mieltä, että ihmisen perusluonne on vihata juutalaisia, mutta joutuu samalla kamppailemaan oman juutalaistaustansa kanssa. Näistä lähtökohdista on saatu hyvin kysymyksiä herättävä elokuva, joka ei tarjoa suoria vastauksia, vaan antaa katsojalle vallan. Danny antaa itsestään kuvan uhmakkaana fiksuna neonazina, mutta pinnan "


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johanlefourbe posted a review 4 years, 1 month ago

A very good movie

“I know 'American History X' is a real classic but, in my opinion, this unrated/unseen gem which deals with the same subject is actually much better. Indeed, in contrary to 'American History X' which was filled with some rather obvious stereotypes, I thought the story was quite heartbreaking, fascinating and much more subtle. At the center, you have this main character who has so many layers and was so complex, it was quite spellbinding to behold. Indeed, on one hand, he seems pretty despicable but on the other hand, you can't help feeling sorry for him. In my opinion, it is a great study about the mind of a messed up boy who got really lost and tries to find some redemption in some really f*cked up way. This movie featured the breakthrough performance by one of the most talented actors at ” read more

jaytoast posted a review 4 years, 2 months ago

Just a note...

“I watched this because I had heard that it was better then "American History X"... which it is not and I'm rather surprised that the two films could be compared to each other.

I'm also pretty surprised that after "Homicide" (1991) got trashed by critics for being 'yet another film about a Jewish man hating Jews', that this film was so well praised.

Sure the acting is good but really... ??? Cultural self-loathing and the rise of gangs based on hate and brutality... you can't really compare "American History X" to this film.

So, while I liked this film... I can't score it very high. The story wasn't very original and didn't give enough insight ether into the main character or the world at large. The end of the film feels hurried together and escapist.

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Rollo Tomasi posted a review 7 years ago

Not wholly believable

“The poster quotes read "It will pin you to your seat", "Riveting", "Volatile". It's all three thanks to a brilliant Ryan Gosling performance. However, it's hard to get behind this film too much when the story-teller omits such important things like telling/showing us what initially drove Danny to turn his hatred on to his own people. I find it hard to believe that it was built on classroom debate alone. Reverse antisemitism is a pretty inspired topic to cover and the film is a tough and emotional one, it's just that unlike the title I wasn't a believer on the whole.” read more