Blu-ray Disc - 2011 | Hebrew
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"In 1982, during the First Lebanon War, a tank manned by a novice crew of Israeli soldiers is led into a town previously bombed by the air force. The situation quickly spins out of control, testing the mental toughness of the men inside of a confined space with only the lens of a periscopic gun sight to see the madness outside."--Container.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 03, 2017

A zionist movie showing the IDF in a positive light and the 'other' as terrorist- when in fact, they are just defending their country from being invaded and destroyed by the Israelis and showing resistance to aggression.

Jul 14, 2017

Serious tank movie. If you like this, you'll love Fury

Oct 29, 2015

This is a 2009 war drama directed by Samuel Maoz, who creates a compelling, visceral drama on his personal experiences in the Israeli army.
It is a claustrophobic drama, you'll see the madness outside mostly through the lens of a periscopic gun sight.
The film show how you would feel if you were trapped in the unbearably small space.
Although it is an action-filled drama, the open-ending would probably leave you unsatisfied and puzzled.

Dec 27, 2014

Set during the first few days of the Lebanon War, Maoz’s harrowing film begins with an endless field of bright sunflowers beneath a dazzling blue sky. But upon closer observation you realize that all the blooms are facing downward as if afraid; or in mourning. This opening scene, along with a small denouement at the end, will be the only time we experience fresh air and natural light as the rest of the movie takes place within the confines of an army tank manned by four scared and inexperienced soldiers. Completely unprepared for the realities of war, the combination of gunfire and frayed nerves begins to show as military protocol breaks down and the men slowly give in to despair. But when they find themselves cut off from their battalion and surrounded by enemy snipers panicky suspense gives way to all out horror. Maoz masterfully maintains an aura of icy tension with the camera never straying far from a frightened face or nervous remark. His depiction of the tank’s interior with it’s sweating walls and dimly lit dials turns a widescreen presentation into a stiflingly claustrophobic experience; you can almost smell the oily fumes and sweating bodies. The men’s only connections with the outside world are the conflicting orders they receive over a staticky radio and the occasional appearance of their commanding officer who drops through the tank’s hatch in a blaze of sunlight like a divine messenger. At one point they’re required to transport the corpse of a recently killed soldier, at another they play jailers to a captured Syrian fighter who is just as terrified as they are. But the film’s true genius is the way in which it depicts the brutality of war through a telescopic gunsight; eviscerated bodies, dead children, burning homes...all the horrors surrounding the men are viewed through a pair of crosshairs with the screams reduced to muffled sighs by the tank’s metal walls. At several key points throughout the film civilians and soldiers alike stare directly into the lens, their blank haggard faces speaking volumes. Lebanon goes far beyond mere partisanship to deliver a damning indictment on the madness of war and the many casualties it inflicts. An unflinching condemnation delivered by a highly disciplined director.

Oct 30, 2014

An interesting movie that does an excellent job of showing how claustrophobic a tank is, especially in combat. Just as an FYI, the entire movie takes place in the tank and is filmed from inside, so at times gets a little annoying. Overall worth the watch and fits in nicely with Waltz with Bashir and Beaufort. The last 5-10 minutes are agonizingly long and boring.

Feb 08, 2012

This was a story about war in Lebanon. I found that after the movie started there is no way they should be called a tank crew. That they were was the unbelivable part.
As a fiction it is a joke without a laugh score with raw violence thrown in to add the "shock" of war.
I would only recommend this to adults if I were to recommend it at all which I don't.

Apr 25, 2011

Intense. Like 'Das Boot' but within a tank instead of a U-boat. Shows the conflict within the crew among the short timers and officers. They view the world outside their tank thru small windows, scopes, and radio chatter. What they see shakes them up.

Feb 12, 2011

Fair - Lebanon (2009) [Foreign - Hebrew] 93 min. This war drama set during the first Lebanese War of 1982 loses the viewer after the first 30 minutes because of the mundaness of what's before us. The film presents some harrowing images of maimed bodies as it elaborates on its "war is hell" theme. I found the film incredibly repetitive as the team inside an Israeli tank scope the area as paratroopers search for dissidents in the village they're occupying. I felt like this thematic approach to war has been done countless times before and all I was exposed to was extreme violence for the sake of eliciting angst in the viewer. Strong reservations against this film though the film does deliver in terms of atmosphere and acting.


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Feb 08, 2012

Sexual Content: one victim has her clothes torn off

Feb 08, 2012

Violence: It's about the war in the tank

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Feb 08, 2012

Mike117 thinks this title is suitable for 40 years and over


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Feb 08, 2012

A good documentary about how not to be a tank commander in war.


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