October 15th, 2009



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During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (5,050 voted)

Critic's Score: 85/100

Director: Samuel Maoz

Stars: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran, Oshri Cohen

June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot contain. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of survival, they desperately try not to lose themselves in the chaos of war.

Yoav Donat - Shmulik
Itay Tiran - Assi
Oshri Cohen - Hertzel
Michael Moshonov - Yigal
Zohar Shtrauss - Gamil (as Zohar Strauss)
Dudu Tassa - Syrian Captive
Ashraf Barhom - 1st Phalangist (as Ashraf Barhum)
Fares Hananya - 2nd Phalangist
Reymond Amsalem - Lebanese Mother (as Reymonde Amsellem)
Bian Antir - Lebanese Father
Aisha - Lebanese child
Fatima - Lebanese child (as Fatma)
Khaled Salam - Lebanese Boy (as Khaled Salama)
Iad Abu Nama - BMW Driver
Hussein Mahagna - Truck Driver


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Release Date: 15 October 2009

Filming Locations: Israel

Opening Weekend: $17,145 (USA) (8 August 2010) (2 Screens)

Gross: $367,798 (USA) (19 December 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The phosphor that is frequently referred to in the film is actually napalm.

Anachronisms: During the first part of film the tank zooms in on shelf with a bunch of 7 Up cans. The cans all have the current 7 Up graphics despite the films' 1982 setting.

User Review

How did this win Venice?

Rating: 3/10

As a human relationship movie it is very standard, the usual war is hell BS, standard, predictable, nothing noteworthy. The dilemma of killing, the crew cracking up, its over the top, and all been done before and better. It reeks of Israeli propaganda, 'the human face' of the Israeli soldier, under the guise of the directors own 'traumatic' experiences in Lebanon.

As a war movie it is beyond unrealistic (but lacking suspension of disbelief). I can understand the theatrical requirement to increase the size of the interior of the turret, but the lack of helmets worn by the tank crew, I don't get (probably the actors agents demanding that we see their pretty faces), they would be dead after half an hour of driving off road, nor could they communicate with each other.

The lack of chain of command, team work and camaraderie in the tank is not credible. Tankers do not and cannot work this way. The only realistic moment is when Herzel (Oshri Cohen) shouts at the rest of the crew that they are going to get him killed because of their inability to function.

And for those that thought that peeing in the ammo box was shockingly realistic, not so. In a Centurion tank, you use a used canon shell casing, so that you can throw it out though the shell loading portal, without the need to open a hatch.

I also served in Lebanon, from 1985-1987, in an IDF tank.


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