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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 72
- Fresh: 21
- Rotten: 51
- Average Rating: 4.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The film anticipates all laughter and emotion in ways that make it its own worst enemy.
Rotten: Jakob the Liar is so forced that only the interest of a star of Williams' magnitude could have gotten it made.
Rotten: I never lost awareness that I was watching actors speaking lines, not real people.
Rotten: Written with astonishing crudeness!
Robin Williams at his best. The entire cast is great. It s a tragic story for a tragic time but in many ways uplifting. Shows what one man will sacrifice when he think he has nothing else left. Famous and/or recognizable faces are all over this movie and all do a great job. The men who played the Nazi's did a smarmy evil but wonderful acting job, portraying the Nazi's as the scum they were. I recommend it for anyone who likes history, Robin Williams, drama and just plain good acting.
Jacob the Liar
I wish I could rent it!