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The Believer

Rating:R (for strong violence, language and some sexual content)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 19, 2001
Running time:100 minutes
Cast:Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Billy Zane, Theresa Russell, Glenn Fitzgerald
Director:Henry Bean
Producer:Eric Sandys, Suan Hoffman
Writer:Henry Bean
Distributor:IDP

Description: The story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from Jewish religious student to a rising star in the Neo-Fascist political movement. In a surprising series of twists and turns, Danny exhibits all the passion of the converted as he browses militia-movement web sites, utters hate-filled but articulate discourses on Judaism and its teachings, and promotes its ultimate destruction. At a neo-fascist organizing meeting at the home of Lina Moebius 22-year-old Danny impresses people with his articulate violence, especially Lina's bright and complicated daughter, Carla, who is more interested in Danny's mind and passion then in her mother's politics. When his own suppressed identity seems likely to be revealed, he flees to an upstate training enclave, further galvanizing his desire to act out the vicious vilification subscribed to by him and his compatriots. But as events ensue and striking contradictions multiply, something in Danny's soul prompts a complex and incredible resolution.

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