Peter Kassovitz and Didier Decoin
September 24, 1999
March 21, 2000
Blue Wolf Productions, Kasso Inc. Productions, Tristar Productions
During World War II in Nazi-occupied Poland, poor Jewish café owner Jakob Heym accidentally overhears a forbidden radio news bulletin signaling Soviet military successes against German forces. To fight the incredible depression and suicide rate throughout the ghetto, Jakob relates fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto's inhabitants. The Germans learn of the mythical radio, however, and begin a search for the resistance hero who dares to operate it.
Robin was also the executive producer of this film.
Yesterday, Churchill addressed the Polish people.
You want the news or don't you?
The Russians aren't coming, are they?
Would I lie to you about something like that?
When all hope was lost, he invented it.
He will make you believe.
October 12, 1997 - December 19, 1997
September 16, 1999 (Toronto Film Festival)
October 16, 1999
October 20, 1999
October 28, 1999
November 4, 1999
November 5, 1999
November 12, 1999
November 19, 1999
November 25, 1999
December 4, 1999
January 5, 2000
January 6, 2000
February 3, 2000
February 11, 2000
April 13, 2000 (video premiere)
May 3, 2000 (video premiere)
September 23, 2000
Jakob der Lügner
Ilusiones de un mentiroso
Illusions d'un mentider (Catalan title)
Jakob - Valehtelija
Jakob il bugiardo
Jakob le menteur
Um Sinal de Esperança
Una señal de esperanza (cable TV title)
$2,056,647 (1,200 theaters)
Nom - 2000 - Worst Actor (Robin Williams)