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Jakob the Liar (1999)

Rating:PG-13 (for violence and disturbing images)
Release Date:September 24, 1999
Running time:101 minutes
Cast:Rob Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Michael Jeter, Armin Mueller-Stahl
Director:Peter Kassovitz
Producer:Marsha Garces Williams, Steven Haft
Writer:Peter Kassovitz, Didier Decoin, Ron Hutchinson
Distributor:Tristar Pictures

Description: In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military successes against German forces. To combat the overwhelming depression and suicide that pervades the ghetto, Jakob tells fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants-spirits are lifted, hearts are refreshed and hope is reborn. The Germans learn of the mythical radio, however, and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares operate it…

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