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The Little Traitor

2007 - HEBREW - MOVIE

Drama

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  • Jini Score
    42%
  • Critics Score
    55%
  • Rating
    6.9/10
  • Box Office
    $ 0 Million
  • Jini Score
    42%
  • Critics Score
    55%
  • Rating
    6.9/10
  • Box Office
    $ 0 Million
sentimentalmemorableunholyoccupiedmarvelous
Based on the novel Panther in the Basement by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old wants nothing than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land. Proffy and his two friends spend most of their time plotting ways to terrorize and/or blow up the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop, a British officer. Instead of arresting him, he deposits him back home,but what ensues in the weeks to come is a friendship between these two foes. Proffy looks to Dunlop as a father figure as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and they find lots to talk about in their meetings which Proffy must keep a secret from his friends and family. When Proffy's friends follow him one day and that he has been visiting the detested enemy, they report him to the town officials and Proffy is brought to trial for being a traitor. He is eventually found innocent but these experiences shape him for life;especially the shock that he could have such genuine affection for the enemy. Written by Lynn Roth The Little Traitor is a 2007 English-language Drama motion picture starring Alfred Molina, Ido Port, Theodore Bikel, Rami Heuberger, Gilya Stern, Jake Barker and A.j. Tannen. The movie is inspired from Panther in the Basement. Evanstone Films and Panther Prods. was the production house involved in the project along with executive producer(s) Marilyn Hall. The motion picture is written and directed by Lynn Roth. The Little Traitor was released on 23rd January 2009 in English and Hebrew languages and takes a screen time of 89 minutes. The Little Traitor was made on a budget of $1 million and at the box office it grossed only $0 million. Cinematography was done by Amnon Zalait and editing by Michael Ruscio and Danny Shick. The music was composed by Deborah Lurie.

The Little Traitor Reviews and Ratings

Average Review Rating : 3.6/5

72%

Positive Review Rating : 57%

57%
  • The film slams to a halt every time Port opens his mouth and widens his gee willikers peepers; since hes the titular traitor and is in virtually every scene, Roths film never has much of a chance. ( Read More )
  • New York Time Out

    But its the newness of Mitchells musical accountand Rachel Chavkins gracefully dynamic stagingthat bring this old story to quivering life. ( Read More )
  • Sign On Sandiego

    But Roth opts for a quaint coming of age story that unfolds in a glowing, well groomed Jerusalem that resembles a childs fairy tale more than 1947 Palestine. ( Read More )
  • Village Voice

    Director Lynn Roths treatment is better at memoirish moments (e.g., Proffy rambling through narrow streets) than with the main, partly didactic story of two mismatched friends path to transnational... ( Read More )
  • News Day

    The cost of zealotry, and its collateral damage, arent Roths chief concerns humanity is but she manages to confect a film of both sweetness and subtle meaning. ( Read More )
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Awards for The Little Traitor
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Palm Beach International Film Festival
    1 WON
    2 NOMINATIONS
  • Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS
  • Humanitas Prize
    0 WON
    1 NOMINATIONS