The Believer (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Believer

caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Henry Bean
producer = Jay Firestone Daniel Diamond
writer = Henry Bean
starring = Ryan Gosling
Billy Zane
Theresa Russell
Summer Phoenix
distributor = Palm Pictures
released = January 2001
runtime = 99 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget =
music =
awards =
imdb_id = 0247199

"The Believer" is a 2001 film written by Henry Bean and Mark Jacobson, and directed by Bean. It stars Ryan Gosling as Daniel Balint, an Orthodox Jew who becomes a Neo-Nazi, and was inspired by the true story of Dan Burros.Henry Bean, "The Believer: Confronting Jewish Self-Hatred". New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2002. ISBN 1-56025-372-X.] It won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.


The film follows the story of Daniel Balint, a once brilliant but troublesome student at a Jewish Yeshiva who has become a fanatically violent Neo-Nazi in New York by his early 20s. The film plots his rise through the ranks of a fictional American Neo-Nazi party while he attempts to reconcile his religious past and ethnic heritage with the anti-Semitic side of his identity.


*Ryan Gosling - Daniel "Danny" Balint
*Garret Dillahunt - Billings
*Billy Zane - Curtis Zampf
*Theresa Russell - Lina Moebius
*Summer Phoenix - Carla Moebius
*Ronald Guttman - Danny's Father
*Heather Goldenhersh - Linda
*A. D. Miles - Guy Danielsen

See also

*Self-hating Jew


External links

* [ Official Website]
* [ Unofficial "The Believer" website]
*imdb title|id=0247199|title=The Believer
*" [ The Believer] " at the [ Arts & Faith Top100 Spiritually Significant Films] list

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