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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is a movie starring Corey Baker, Jeremy Bleich, and Scott Buchan. A team of nice Jewish baseball players takes on the world.

Running Time
1 hours 27 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Comedy, Drama, Documentary, Sport
Director
Daniel A. Miller, Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger
Writer
Daniel A. Miller
Actors
Scott Buchan, Corey Baker, Jeremy Bleich, Ike Davis
Country
Japan, Israel, USA, South Korea
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A team of nice Jewish baseball players takes on the world.

Comments about comedy «Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel» (20)

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Beverly K.

Most people don't realize how really bad the situation in Israel was in the 70's. The man that played "Zion" (if I can call him that) was phenomenal. I think he played that role very well. It was a good movie but I felt that I could have done a better job. My personal favorite part was when the (very very minor) cameo of Billy Bob Thornton was not in the movie. As far as I know that was the first movie he played and he also did some good jobs in the rest of the movies that I have seen. I really like the cast that they chose for this movie. The cinematography was great. The scenes that showed people in the zoo were interesting. I recommend this movie for anyone that loves Israel or history or just simply someone that likes documentaries. I'm not an expert on history but this movie was interesting enough to be interesting.

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Robert P.

We've all heard the story. The story of team Israel which was put together in the 1980s to go out to the World Cup and play for its home country of Israel. To date, it's a tale of solidarity, hard work, and some swag. You could not have asked for more from a documentary. But the truth is there are issues which weren't dealt with in the documentary. For example, how did we get Israel in the tournament? And what was Israel's role in soccer in general? What about the restrictions on the World Cup? The answer to both questions is very clear in the movie. The picture was easy to follow, but the music was something to think about. It was about the Israeli football team's task in reaching the World Cup, but the music brought to my mind the feeling of a documentary and the feeling of what the Israeli people are going through right now. I wish there was a way to say more about this story, but unfortunately there wasn't. So I'll have to watch it again. But what it boils down to is you get the picture. It doesn't make you go crazy about the story. I do hope you enjoy the movie and don't feel like it's boring. It's a very honest portrayal of how Israelis are dealing with the World Cup. If you enjoyed this, check out FABulous: How the Israel-Netherlands Friendship and Football Revolution will change the World. It's a film about soccer that will shock you.

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Gregory Kennedy

One of the most boring and dull documentaries i have ever seen. It does not tell the story of a football team of course, but it just gives you a simple message about team work and the meaning of loyalty. It says in the middle of the movie how we forget about the enemies and about the homeland. This movie should have been about the team itself or about how the people can help the team. Instead it focused on an individual who wanted to bring the team closer together to show us that there are still good people in the world.

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Jessica

At the time of this review, the film is apparently running in the 25th place. So I wonder why? Maybe because the film focuses on the Israeli basketball team and not the Israeli society. It's interesting and watchable, but there's really not much of substance in the film. The story is nothing more than a summary of the stories from the Israel basketball team. There's an awful lot of talking but not much of the story being told. It's hard to separate one documentary from the next. You are more inclined to focus on the players. That makes the film more interesting, but it doesn't make it great. It's not the worst documentary I've seen. There's nothing here that I would rate as great or even outstanding. The men's basketball team is very good and they are well coached. The Israeli society isn't a picture of the Israeli society. I think the main focus of the film is to show some of the more unique and exotic aspects of Israel. It's all more interesting in a film. This is the same thing that is happening in America with documentaries on the baseball team. It's something that seems like an interesting and exciting topic to cover. The problem is that they just don't bring anything interesting to the film. The film is supposed to be about the Israel team, and it's not. The main stories are about the men in the Israeli society, and not the Israeli basketball team. There's nothing about the culture or the way of life. They talk about the culture, but there's not really much about the way of life. The focus is on the basketball team and the other stories aren't nearly as interesting. You really don't need to know anything about the Israeli culture to be interested in this film. But there are moments of brilliance that are put in the film. For example, the story of the father who was blinded by the team. That's the kind of thing that seems like an interesting story to cover, but not much of that's actually told. It's just a summary of the story, not a full representation of the story. That's the point I think the director was trying to make. The film is a great, but it's a film with very little substance. It's not the worst documentary I've seen, but it's a good one that isn't great. It's worth a watch, but it's not something that's going to be a must see.

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Angela

This documentary examines the story of how the US picked the Israeli Olympic team and the changes that the team went through during their preparation for the Olympics. I was most interested in the discussion of why the US picked the Israeli team as a result of their leader, the late Yitzhak Rabin. This documentary discusses the complicated relationships between the Israelis and the Palestinians and focuses on the tensions between the Israelis and the Palestinians. As a result, I think it was interesting to hear the Israeli team speak about the difficulties that they faced. As I understand it, the Israeli team is not only based on the politics of the region but also on what it takes to succeed. Many of the Israelis I spoke to described how they had to overcome the initial skepticism of their Palestinian counterparts. Many of the Palestinian athletes felt that the Israelis were just not interested in what it takes to win. As an example, an Israeli said, "I think the Israelis think that if we don't succeed here, we don't succeed anywhere else." Another Israeli added, "We cannot get good records without people we know. We can't win without people like me." One of the Palestinian athletes was quoted as saying, "If the Americans win, we will have won everything." Another Palestinian athlete agreed that the Americans would win if they won at least one game. The point is, these athletes knew how hard the Israelis and Palestinians fought for a fair outcome, and as a result, the athletes weren't surprised at all when the Palestinians did well at the Olympics. Another American athlete pointed out, "The Americans are used to winning at any cost." One of the Israelis said, "I think that they should be honest." Another Israeli commented that many people in the US wanted to "save the Arabs" from their own oppression. The Israelis I spoke to gave the US the benefit of the doubt that they would not behave in an undemocratic manner. Nevertheless, the American team did not seem to show the same loyalty to their Palestinian counterparts as the Israelis did. An example of this is when the American athletes were riding in the middle of the field on a bicycle track to celebrate the win of the gold medal. Several Americans left the track and ran in front of the athletes. I am not sure if this was an intentional move or if it was an act of patriotism, but I have never seen anything like this before in my life. The Americans seemed to have little or no concern for the political tensions that existed among the Israelis and Palestinians. The US certainly didn't go out of its way to show its support for the Israeli team. Finally, the commentary from the Israeli team contrasted with the Israeli commentary on their Palestinian counterparts. The Israeli commentary seemed like it was almost congratulating the Palestinians for their accomplishments and did not seem to be at all surprised by their success at the Olympics. The commentary on the Palestinian athletes seemed like they were just doing their job, playing sports, and were nothing more than athletic enthusiasts. For an example of this commentary, I would recommend watching a small documentary about the many "supernovas" in Israel. Although they are not the greatest athletes, the people interviewed on the movie seem to be quite happy about the achievements that their sport brings them. It is certainly a good documentary for people who are interested in sports and are not interested in politics. This documentary is informative, but I think it was not nearly as engaging as it could have been. It seemed to me that the commentary from the Israeli athletes was the most interesting part of the documentary.

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Henry Knight

First of all, when you get to watch a documentary about the Israelis, you know the outcome is going to be pretty positive. So this one is no different. Sure, the Israelis are well respected on the international scene, but this documentary is not about them. It's about how hard they have to work, the sacrifices they make, and how they deal with the negative criticism they get. It's also about the rivalry between the men, their egos, and their negative publicity. I would say that this is the film of the season for me. It will be hard for you to go out and buy it, but I'd definitely recommend it.

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Margaret

The film is based on the true story of the 1993 Israeli Rugby World Cup where the underdog team managed to win the gold medal despite a severe storm that stranded them for hours. The story of how they came to that position is told through interviews with former and current players and coaches. The film is somewhat episodic and makes the viewer feel as if they are in the stadium themselves for that one moment of glory. Also, the film does a nice job of showing the sport in a non-judgemental way. The film also shows the joy of players and coaches that not only win but also cheer for their teams. One very nice feature is the three interviews with former Israeli rugby players. The film does a good job of showing the team's general attitude towards their sport and how that is handled in a professional manner.

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Harold S.

In 1962, Israel, a tiny, backward and tiny state, claims to be the least popular country in the world. When the U.S. government sponsors an Israeli football team, the president is no fan. Major Hollywood producer Irwin Allen has a vision for the film that will make the Americans love Israel and the Israelis hate America. With the aid of conservative American actors and an Israeli director, Allen succeeds in his endeavor. But the beauty of his project is that it does not even try to explain how the U.S. can be so proud of a country that is becoming smaller and smaller as time goes on. For a documentary, Allen cuts back and forth between American and Israeli journalists and Israelis trying to explain their relationship to the world. While the viewer watches Allen interview the soldiers and their parents and relatives, they learn that the Israeli soldiers who are taking their identities, feel a sense of being a unique identity to be proud of. To cut the scene short, the Israeli soldier who is not the son of the Israeli prime minister's son was shown as a wounded soldier who was in prison for the sake of being a national hero. This scene was unnecessary and was probably meant to show how Israel is ashamed of their soldiers. In addition, it is not clear how many soldiers are "friendly" with the American soldiers, and we learn that "Americans have taken a liking to the Israeli Army and soldiers," which may lead to conflicts between them. After the tragedy of World War II, Israel and the U.S. became allies and became the "land of the free." The U.S. became the "home of the brave" and Israel became the "land of the generous." What does this all mean? If you take the video with the help of the documentary, you will see that Israel is becoming smaller and smaller. They have become a state that is more and more isolated from the world, and that may be the reason why the U.S. has turned its back on Israel, but when Israel comes back to the world as the land of the free, the heart and the soul of America will be in Israel. This is a good and a bad film, but there is a hidden message that this film would like you to ignore. It is not the film showing how wonderful a country is, but that in America's war of symbols, the heart and soul of the country has been turned upside down.

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Lauren G.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and would recommend it to anyone. I am surprised by the negative comments posted by the rest of the world. I thought the film was a good combination of film and thought-provoking presentation. I am not religious and thought the film gave a good idea of how little humanity there is in this world. I also appreciate the ease at which the filmmakers were able to show the Christian views on the plight of the Jews, and the USA's role in the struggle. As a person of faith, I have found it especially helpful to the general public to present the arguments for the righteousness of the cause of Israel. In this film, however, the filmmakers did not use the argument or showed it. The role of the church in the cause is still very much a controversial subject and the Church is often accused of being anti-Israel. The church, of course, has no business being in the film, and thus was not shown.

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Nathan

Like many others here, I had a long wait and was a bit skeptical of a film that seems to be based on some sort of biased views of Israel and Jewish people. However, I was very surprised by the level of honesty, sensitivity and openness of the documentary, and how the message was not necessarily about Israel or Jews specifically. It was more about the event itself, as to how one man's experience in the London Olympics changed his life and his community, and the lives of others. I am a retired Army officer who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and had recently had a family tragedy. I felt that there was a bit of a disconnect from the personal experiences that some of the witnesses had had. They were not able to fully explain the events in their own words, but only described them in general terms. One of the most powerful messages was that there was no black and white in sports. There were people who were of all backgrounds and religions that competed with each other. Some were losers, some winners, but still the desire to be a better person shone through. While not everyone would agree with the messages of the documentary, I believe it is one of the most important documentaries I have ever seen, and one that will be remembered for many years to come.

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Christine

Saw this in October and I really liked it. It's funny, it's sad, it's inspirational. The funny thing is I'm a bit of a J.D. Salinger fan. I'd like to have a Team Israel documentary on my shelf in the collection. I would even watch a documentary on the movie "Casablanca." But I'm not a movie buff. I'm a bit of a sports fan and I don't like all those "Sports Guy" types that worship sports. (and I'll probably never be one. I don't know what they think. How can you be a sports fan and be a movie critic.) Anyway, the film is pretty good. Very entertaining. I liked the movie so much I want to read the book. I would have liked it better if the book was shorter. It's just too short. If you like this film, I'm sure you will like the book. So grab some popcorn, a bottle of beer, and a martini. You'll have a great time. But don't expect too much from the film. You'll like it, but not so much that you'll be so obsessed with it you won't want to be alone for the night.

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Martha L.

The movie starts out as a brilliant documentary, but it just gets confusing. It's like they tried to give you a lot of things, but didn't really understand you very well. What was the meaning of the title? Was it a joke? No, the movie is really not that funny, not that romantic, and no, it's not good or bad. It's just different than most of the documentaries I've seen, but still good. My rating is 7/10, because it is not a bad documentary. Maybe it's just me, but I don't like it, but I'm still not very surprised, but I still like it.

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Maria Meyer

When asked to write a review about an event in the lives of young people, I often feel like I'm being forced to present a biased and negative view. So I won't bother telling you what happened to you at the time. I will only say that while we saw our own military heroes on television at the time of the Iraq War, we are now seeing young people similarly fighting in Afghanistan. And you know what? They have grown up in a time of war. Or at least, they would have if they weren't in their twenties. We know these stories already. The public has learned them from these movies. A few years ago, there was a movie about a film school class. The teacher thought that it would be funny if her students went back to filming their first film. They did. They went on a shooting spree. And now we have a movie about the Iraq War. What did you think?

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Nicholas Berry

An interesting documentary that got one to question Israel's defense budget and the performance of the prime minister's wife and son. Some interesting issues about military policy and who is best to lead. As some other users have pointed out, if the prime minister's wife is not removed, the implication that her work is not up to par will be and that would be a problem for a right-wing prime minister. So to avoid problems, this will have to be done through some political process.

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Judy S.

A few years ago, a film crew went to Israel for a series of studio visits. They saw the country and its people up close. So naturally they wrote a film about it. The result was an interesting movie and not very inspiring or uplifting. The film crew and the people they met did so with a lot of grace and a lot of optimism. It was a painful thing to see. The difference between the director and the people he met was really noticeable. It seemed as if the director had learned how to be a great person first, rather than what makes people happy and content. You have to be humble, and much of what he did seemed like an admission of failure. He is obviously passionate about the subject matter, but I'm sure he knows that it's the end product that will inspire a nation and do a lot of good. He is clearly trying to make a movie about a nation and how it changed, but I'm not sure that the director is making the effort. The director and the people he met were clearly humble. This was the film I wished I could have seen, but sadly I was never able to watch it.

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Michael G.

When I saw this documentary, I was already aware of the history of the Jewish Americans and their involvement in the 1936 Olympic Games. I watched this film in order to compare and contrast the 1950 Olympics with the real 1938. The difference between the two competitions was that in the '40's, it was believed that Germany had used stolen Olympic gold to help their own economy. In 1938, the Germans had used their gold to pay off their national debt, and the gold was used to provide relief to the Jews in Germany. I found it interesting that all the athletes in this documentary were Jewish. This was not a documentary about Jews, but about the Olympic Games and their connection with Germany. I found it interesting that after Germany capitulated, there were all kinds of Nazi-themed movies like "The Triumph of the Will" and "Hitler's Last Battle" which show the same people in Nazi-themed clothes making the Nazi salute. I'm sure it was a lot of fun for Hitler, Hitler's closest associates, and Hitler's generals, but it did make them look like sad, twisted losers. If the United States were to host the Olympics, I think they would have to change the goal of the games to help the German economy. The real 1932 Olympics were not a propaganda film, it was just a moment in history where a lot of people made a lot of money from a very bad situation. When I see the American media focusing so much on the '80's and '90's, I wonder if it's just because there are a lot of people in the media who are in the high-paying jobs that need to promote a positive image of the United States. The real 1936 Olympics were not just about gold, they were also about America, and many of the people involved were American citizens. This documentary shows them making a huge effort to compete in Germany and Germany getting their gold in a real way.

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Evelyn C.

The film is the first film of its kind I have seen where a television show was presented without being an episode. Each segment was self-contained and therefore became the main story. I am a former NBA player and I have been a reporter for a national newspaper for eight years. I am a part of the season's story. I've been to all of the Final Four games, I've been to seven Final Fours and I still hold all of the records. In the film, several people have taken time to share their stories and to answer questions. It is a big shame that the NBA doesn't allow some people to be interviewed for longer segments. It was a very informative and enjoyable film.

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Martha

Heading Home was a documentary about the preparations and the preparations that went on in the team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. This was a truly amazing documentary, its so well done. The camerawork and editing was spectacular. It had a really interesting and fascinating subject matter, it was really the documentary of this era that I would recommend watching. Of course the one thing that stood out the most was the incredible amount of work and dedication put into this documentary. You could truly see the dedication to their home country. I personally loved the documentary, it was so well done and so well thought out. Its also really great that the documentary included interviews with the players, coaches and other players about what their preparation was like. This was a great thing because it made it really interesting to see the level of dedication that these players went through. I would recommend this documentary to everyone. It was an amazing documentary.

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Anna

A documentary, moving, enlightening, inspirational, inspiring, sad, moving, enlightening. Much like the best of the first three Theaters Of Our Lives, this movie is part documentary, part retrospective of the series. The documentaries in question came from the Rock's coverage of the 1970 Munich Olympics, which at the time was by far the most watched sport ever in the world. He was not just covering the Olympics in the sense that everyone watching was watching the Olympics. He was covering a nation, a team. He was also covering the group of people that made that sport, the country, the people. It is that power of an individual that is his greatest asset in life, his greatest fear. That is the greatness of a man. This documentary is fascinating. What a shame it was not good enough to get wide distribution. To see what was really happening to the team, to the people behind the Munich Olympics, was a real eye opener. The choice to show the things we see as more entertaining was the right choice. We all know how these stories turn out. The documentaries are edited to make it more exciting than it really is. A few tidbits of information are presented to move the story along, but most is about the long hard months of training, the ups and downs of an event. They are good stories, but not good enough to have become a series of movies. All the interviews with the players are informative, though somewhat limited to those that came from the side of the athletes. I enjoyed the documentary, but it was not the series, nor was it a masterpiece. This is the last one. I hope that the next two series turn out to be better. The next four can be considered a trilogy. I hope that they can be.

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Doris

I saw the opening night showing in my hometown of Grand Rapids, MI, and I was pleasantly surprised. This documentary is a retelling of the inspirational story of the former Israeli baseball team. To start, the Israeli government may be the most successful in modern history in the area of baseball. They beat the Nazis in World War II, and have been playing in baseball leagues since 1945. Of course, it wasn't always that way. The entire team was Jewish, and when the baseball team was formed in 1947, the team was already made up of several foreign-born players. From this well-known fact, the documentary dives into the training, preparation, and battle for the World Series title of the 1947 Jewish World Series. In their interviews, the players discussed their hopes for the final win and their memorable characters. From their shared memories of the stressful buildup to the title game to their character moments, the documentary covers their training and the competition itself. It's a refreshing look at the wonderful World Series tradition, and I look forward to more baseball documentaries.