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The Little Traitor (2007)

TV-PG | | Drama | 2 April 2009 (Israel)
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A coming of age tale of the unlikely bond between a kindly British soldier and a spirited Jewish boy set against the backdrop of the birth of the State of Israel.


Lynn Roth


Lynn Roth (screenplay), Amos Oz (novel)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ido Port Ido Port ... Proffy
Alfred Molina ... Dunlop
Gilya Stern ... Miriam
Rami Heuberger ... Father
Theodore Bikel ... Interrogator
Shmuel Shiloh Shmuel Shiloh ... Mr. Lazarus
Zachi Noy ... Mr. Gihon
Levana Finkelstein ... Grandma Tykocinski
Nathan Ravitz ... Adult Avi Leibowitz (as Natan Ravich)
Anat Klausner ... Yardena
Ofer Shechter ... British Soldier
Yonatan Lahat Yonatan Lahat ... Ben Hur
Guy Krasner Guy Krasner ... Chita
Dafna Melzer ... Rachel
David Milton-Jones David Milton-Jones ... British officer (as David Milton John)


Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world-renowned author, Amos Oz, the movie takes place in Palestine in 1947, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land. Proffy and his two friends spend most of their time plotting ways to terrorize and/or blow up the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop, a British officer. Instead of arresting him, he deposits him back home,but what ensues in the weeks to come is a friendship between these two foes. Proffy looks to Dunlop as a father figure as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and they find lots to talk about in their meetings which Proffy must keep a secret from his friends and family. When Proffy's friends follow him one day and see that he has been visiting the detested enemy, they... Written by Lynn Roth

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Hebrew | English

Release Date:

2 April 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

O Pequeno Traidor See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,330, 25 October 2009

Gross USA:


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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Narrative Award Winner: 2009 See more »


Sergeant Dunlop is seen drinking bottled Taybeh Beer a number of times in the film. The Taybeh Brewery was only begun in 1994. A great beer, nevertheless. See more »


Proffy's father: Proffy, there is no way in hell we are going back to Poland.
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Rad Halayla
Traditional music, lyrics by Yacov Orland
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Very good history, bad narrative.
27 April 2009 | by tomasdelaraSee all my reviews

This is a typical case of a good history with a bad narrative.

The movie ought to be good, the context is very interesting, Alfred Molina is a good actor, the plot is good. But there's a lot missing.

The director created such a simple and superficial narrative, you won't see good cinematography, nor a good acting apart from Molina.

Maybe this is a movie made for children or people who are searching for, as we say in Brazil, "water and sugar" entertainment movie, then, you might like it.

I am very sorry, but with all do respect, for sure this is not like watching a Truffaut movie... People should see more Truffaut movies before comparing this movie with the movies from Nouvelle Vague's most important director.

I will dare to make a comparison so you can understand what I am trying to say: La vita è bella (1997) from R. Benigni, is a movie which can be seen by children and adults, and is a 10 out of 10 movie, with a perfect and original narrative, and a beautiful history.

But if you are looking for a soft-easy to watch-rainy-Sunday-kids-movie go for it.

5 out of 10

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