The Little Traitor

Movie information

Released on:
October 16, 2009 (NY)

Westchester Films Inc.

Alfred Molina, Ido Port, Rami Hoebreger, Gilya Stern, Theodore Bikel

Director: Lynn Roth

Screenwriter: Lynn Roth
Script: Novel Adaptation

Genre: Drama
About the film:
Based on the novel "Panther in the Basement" by the world renowned author, Amos Oz, "Little Traitor" takes place in 1947 Palestine, just a few months before Israel becomes a state. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive twelve year old, has grown up under British occupation and wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get out of his land.

Proffy and his two friends are always plotting ways to terrorize the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew; Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop (Alfred Molina). Instead of arresting him, Sergeant Dunlop escorts him back home and a friendship begins to develop in the following weeks. Proffy starts to consider Dunlop a father figure, as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and reads the Book of Samuel, Dunlap's favorite part of the Bible. Proffy helps Dunlap with his Hebrew while Dunlap teaches Proffy difficult English words and provides the fatherly guidance missing in Proffy's life.

As neighborhood tensions escalate between the British and the underground Jewish rebellion, their relationship becomes increasingly complicated. While Proffy has learned a great deal from his mentor, he is also shunned by his friends for this friendship and thus called a "traitor" by his neighbors and community. The resulting trial and shock that he could have such genuine affection for his "enemy" will change Proffy's life forever.
Palm Beach International Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film

Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature.
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  • Panther in the Basement - The Novel

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    Chea – lxAuurna
    June 11, 2012 - 01:58
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    This is a flabby and teoiuds read. The characterisation and relationships are weak. The plot is on life support and the ridiculous tennis match that served Sebastian Faulks so badly in his Bond re-write is unbelievably repeated here. It's also a testament to cowardly editing and a dismal addition to the Le Carre canon. Avoid.

    wsaintgeorge3 – New York
    October 23, 2009 - 18:46
    Subject: The Little Traitor

    This is a terrific coming of age movie that is both sweet and touching. It has universal themes of you can hate your enemy until you meet him.

    sally singleton – philadelphia
    May 04, 2009 - 16:26
    Subject: the Little Traitor

    Saw this movie last month in Philadelphia!!! One of the best movies I saw in a long time!!!!!!!