Jakob the Liar

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  • PG-13
In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob Heym (Oscar®-winner Robin Williams Best Supporting Actor, 1997, Good Will Hunting) accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military success against German forces. read more
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In Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, poor Jewish cafe owner Jakob Heym (Oscar®-winner Robin Williams Best Supporting Actor, 1997, Good Will Hunting) accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military success against German forces. To combat the overwhelming depression and suicide that pervades the ghetto, Jakob invents 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 optimism is reborn. The Germans learn of the mythical radio and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares operate it.

Original Release

09/24/1999

US Release

09/24/1999

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Cast

Robin Williams Jakob / Jakob Heym
Armin Mueller-Stahl Kirschbaum / Prof. Dr. Kirschbaum
Hannah Taylor Gordon Lina / Lina Kronstein
Éva Igó Lina's Mother
István Bálint Lina's Father / Linas's Father
Justus von Dohnányi Preuss
Kathleen Gati Hooker / Hocker
Bob Balaban Kowalsky
Alan Arkin Frankfurter / Max Frenkfurter
Michael Jeter Avron
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Peter Kassovitz

Writers

Didier Decoin, Peter Kassovitz, Jurek Becker

Cast

Robin Williams Jakob / Jakob Heym
Armin Mueller-Stahl Kirschbaum / Prof. Dr. Kirschbaum
Hannah Taylor Gordon Lina / Lina Kronstein
Éva Igó Lina's Mother
István Bálint Lina's Father / Linas's Father
Justus von Dohnányi Preuss
Kathleen Gati Hooker / Hocker
Bob Balaban Kowalsky
Alan Arkin Frankfurter / Max Frenkfurter
Michael Jeter Avron
Mark Margolis Fajngold
Liev Schreiber Mischa
Mathieu Kassovitz Herschel
Nina Siemaszko Rosa
Adolf Hitler Self - 'Behind Us Comes Germany' Speech
Anna Nowak Maria
János Gosztonyi Samuel
Ádám Rajhona The Whistler
Antal Leisen Peg-Leg
Péter Rudolf Roman

Producers

Editors

Claire Simpson

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