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Jakob the Liar Details

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This remake of the 1975 German film [[Feature~V132758~Jakob der Lügner~jacobtheliar]] stars [[Performer~P116900~Robin Williams~robinwilliams]] in a dramatic role as a man who uses his active imagination to bring a ray of hope where hope was all but unknown. Jakob Heym ([[Performer~P116900~Robin Williams~robinwilliams]]) is the owner of a small café during the Nazi occupation of Poland; he has little money and is struggling to keep body and soul alive in the shadow of the Third Reich. One day, he overhears a radio broadcast, forbidden to Polish ears, that reports a major victory for Russian troops over the German army. Enthusiastic about this good news, Jakob begins spreading word of the Russian army's progress through the Polish ghetto. He notices that the story gives people hope and makes it easier for them to get through the day. So Jakob begins inventing stories and passing them along, creating fictional war reports that suggest that the occupation may soon be ending. However, when the occupation troops get wind of these stories, they become convinced that someone has communications equipment stashed away somewhere, and they're determined to find both the radio and its operator at all costs. Jakob the Liar was the first American feature for director [[Performer~P96841~Peter Kassovitz~peterkassovitz]]; the supporting cast includes [[Performer~P51163~Armin Mueller-Stahl~arminmuellerstahl]], [[Performer~P79913~Alan Arkin~alanarkin]], [[Performer~P80466~Bob Balaban~bobbalaban]], and [[Performer~P197753~Liev Schreiber~lievschreiber]]. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 24, 1999

Crew

Peter Kassovitz
Director
Marsha Garces Williams
Producer
Steven Haft
Producer
Jurek Becker
Book Author
Peter Kassovitz
Screenwriter
Didier Decoin
Screenwriter
Elemer Ragalyi
Cinematographer
Ed Shearmur
Composer (Music Score)
Claire Simpson
Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Tibor Lazar
Art Director
Grzegorz Piatkowski
Art Director
Branamir (Bane) Babic
Art Director
Nick Gillott
Co-producer
Robin Williams
Executive Producer
Ian Whittaker
Set Designer
Wiesa Starska
Costume Designer
Clive Winter
Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Egerton
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
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