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Genre Comedy Drama
Running Time 114 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (Violence)
Release Date Sep 24, 1999
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Jakob the Liar

In 1944, Jewish shop owner Jakob (Robin Williams) overhears a radio broadcast on the movements of the Soviet army while he is shuttled to Nazi headquarters from the Warsaw, Poland, ghetto where he is imprisoned. Upon his return, he whispers what he's heard to his friend Mischa (Liev Schreiber), and before long the whole ghetto is alive with rumors and hope that the long war will soon end. Determined to keep up their spirits as best he can, Jakob continues to lie with the best of intentions.

Robin Williams Jakob Heym/Narrator
Alan Arkin Max Frankfurter
Bob Balaban Kowalsky
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Lina
Michael Jeter Avron
Armin Mueller-Stahl Kirschbaum
Liev Schreiber Mischa
Nina Siemaszko Rosa
Mathieu Kassovitz Herschel
Justus von Dohnanyi Preuss
Mark Margolis Fajngold
Gregg Bello Blumenthal

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