Richard Friedenberg adapts the best-selling novel by Pete Hamill, a thoughtful meditation on faith and courage that cleverly retells the legend of the golem, the protective giant of Jewish folklore. An Irish-Catholic schoolboy in Hell’s Kitchen (Peter Tambakis), whose father died fighting the Nazis, witnesses a brutal attack on an elderly Jewish shopkeeper and later befriends an immigrant rabbi (Stephen Rea) who lost his wife to the Holocaust. The film embraces Hamill’s assertion that such a friendship could happen only in America, strongly articulating the moral value of affirming one’s beliefs in the face of violence. 105 min.