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The story of Danny Balint, who transformed himself from Jewish religious student to a rising star in the Neo-Fascist political movement. In a surprising series of twists and turns, Danny exhibits all the passion of the converted as he browses militia-movement web sites, utters hate-filled but articulate discourses on Judaism and its teachings, and promotes its ultimate destruction. At a neo-fascist organizing meeting at the home of Lina Moebius 22-year-old Danny impresses people with his articulate violence, especially Lina's bright and complicated daughter, Carla, who is more interested in Danny's mind and passion then in her mother's politics. When his own suppressed identity seems likely to be revealed, he flees to an upstate training enclave, further galvanizing his desire to act out the vicious vilification subscribed to by him and his compatriots. But as events ensue and striking contradictions multiply, something in Danny's soul prompts a complex and incredible resolution.

Starring:
Glenn Fitzgerald, Summer Phoenix
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Glenn Fitzgerald, Summer Phoenix, Billy Zane, Theresa Russell, Ryan Gosling
Director Henry Bean
Genres Drama
Studio PATHE DISTRIBUTION
Rental release 3 June 2002
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
Towards the end of THE BELIEVER, I mused on the similarity of the film to the 1975 screen production of THE MAN IN THE GLASS BOOTH starring Maximilian Schell. In the latter, Schell stars as a reclusive, wealthy, Jewish, Manhattan industrialist, Arthur Goldman, who (apparently) has used his connections and financial resources to create the fiction that he's a former Nazi prison commandant, a fabrication (apparently) leaked to the Israelis. Without knowing this beforehand, It comes as a surprise to the viewers and Goldman's associates, but not to Arthur himself, when he's kidnapped (as was Adolf Eichmann) and removed to Israel to stand trial as a war criminal - on display in a glass booth wearing full Nazi regalia. Schell is stunningly powerful as the concentration camp survivor who goes to extremes to exorcise his personal guilt at having outlived the Holocaust, and what he sees as the collective guilt of his people for not fighting back.
In THE BELIEVER, Ryan Gosling is Danny, an incredibly intelligent, literate and articulate 22-year old who spends his days as a neo-Nazi skinhead preaching hatred and expressing the desire to kill Jews. His activities run the full gamut from planting bombs with a group of like-minded, mindless thugs, to fund raising in a suit and tie for an upscale Fascist organization. The thing is, you see, Danny is himself a Jew with deep emotional ties to his heritage.
It's perhaps an over-simplification to say that Danny hates Jews. Rather, he hates the message that Orthodox Jews preach, i.e. that Jews are but the pawns of God and must be submissive to His will - even to the point of abject pacifism in the face of the most extreme persecution. Danny is not, nor has ever been, submissive to his religion and its appointed teachers.
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2012
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This is one that I had been meaning to get around to for some time. It deals with the thorny issue of the Jewish Nazi; whilst it sounds like an oxymoron it is similar to the working class Tory (or supporting Capitalism) etc. Further it is not too much of a stretch to understand how people can reject their religion especially when theology leaves so much unanswered and instead expects `blind faith' to be the mortar that holds all the other stuff together.

Ryan Gosling plays Danny Balint who is a skinhead in modern day America with a penchant for wearing a swastika on his t-shirt (it wasn't even acceptable in punk). He has rejected the Torah from an early stage and has done so by questioning what it asks a Jew to do, be and believe. His outbursts as a youth (seen in flashback) are as reasonable as a Roman Catholic questioning the belief in transubstantiation, but as with a Priest a Rabbi just aint having any of it - so he gets kicked out. Such treatment of a brilliant scholar only adds to the feeling of both alienation and anomie. Thus leaving a gap that needs to be fulfilled and so Nazi dogma fills the void. This technically makes him self hating.

Enough of the religious stuff; he joins a Neo-Nazi group headed up by Billy Zane as a be wigged Curtis Zampf. He not only wants to teach anti-Semitism but declares he wants to kill a Jew. Thus the scene is set for his journey into self discovery and a kind of rude awakening and some violence but not too much.

As a film it holds together fairly well but mostly because of the blistering diatribes from Gosling as Danny, who comes across as very believable. There is some love interest with some bedroom scenes seemingly shoe horned into the plot. There is some violence and lessons in how not to set explosives.
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'The Believer' is an acclaimed independent movie, and Ryan Gosling's first big acting role on the silver screen. He stars as a self hating Jewish man who has developed a cruel view on the world he lives in. It was an impressive first lead in film, and Ryan excels at playing the articulate skin head with anti-semitic views. The passion he displays for someone so young is quite extraordinary. but alas 'The Believer' is one of his least appealing movies.

I thought that the story was mediocre, and failed to leave behind any explanation in order to help the audience understand the self struggle of the central character and why he is like he is. Although it is based on a true story, I found a lot of it to be rather unbelievable. Racism is always a difficult subject to tackle, and the movie centers almost entirely around Ryan's character and the people he associates with. He becomes involved with various groups who only fuel the anger and hatred between each other more, and mainly towards the Jews.

'The Believer' serves as little more than a reminder of Ryan Gosling's early acting ability, and it was performances like this which paved the way for a high profile career in Hollywood, but far better things were to come. One for Ryan Gosling fans only - he made the film watchable.
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I have to agree with Ashtarcommand; what a very strange film. And what is everyone else going on about?! There is no real explanation of why an apparently intelligent young Jewish man should revolt against his religion, culture and people to the extent he starts consorting with some pretty dopey neo-nazi types and wants to start killing other Jews. And then he's so clear in his new ideals that he gets upset at his new mates despoiling the Torah when they go in to blow up a synagogue!! So he takes a copy home and then starts teaching his neo-nazi girlfriend all about it. Oh, along the way one of his new found buddies discovers he's a Jew, but neglects to tell anybody else for some unknown reason. And then he starts going to synagogue again with his old school friends while still plotting to blow them up!!!!!!!!! Extremely mixed up.
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