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Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | TV Movie 9 January 1977
True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writer:

Barry Beckerman
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Yitzhak Rabin
Charles Bronson ... Brig. Gen. Dan Shomron
Yaphet Kotto ... President Idi Amin Jr.
Martin Balsam ... Daniel Cooper
Horst Buchholz ... Wilfred Boese (as Horst Bucholz)
John Saxon ... Gen. Benny Peled
Jack Warden ... Gen. Mordecai Gur
Sylvia Sidney ... Dora Bloch
Robert Loggia ... Yigal Allon
Tige Andrews ... Shimon Peres
Eddie Constantine ... Capt. Becaud
David Opatoshu ... Menachem Begin
Allan Arbus ... Eli Melnick
Stephen Macht ... Lt. Col. 'Yonni' Netanyahu
James Woods ... Capt. Sammy Berg
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Storyline

Based on a true military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the P.F.L.P. The plane has about one hundred Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. This movie then shows how less than five hundred soldiers actually flew so far and rescued the passengers in one of the most successful military operations in history. The only casualty for Israeli soldiers was Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan "Yonni" Netanyahu. Written by Nikhil Deo <nikhil_deo@hotmail.com>

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Action | Drama | History

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Trivia

Yaphet Kotto (President Idi Amin, Jr.) is Jewish. See more »

Goofs

Several Jewish hostages were killed by the commandos, an event which is not portrayed in the film. These were Jean-Jacques Maimoni, a 19 year old French Jew, who was mistaken for a hijacker; Pasco Cohen, a 52 year old Israeli and Ida Borochovitch, a 56 year old Russian Jew. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Sammy Berg: [discussing a military attack] It'll be the biggest noise to hit Africa since the elephants stampeded.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by ca. 20 minutes to shorten running time. Only in 2013 the uncut version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

Edited into Operation Thunderbolt: Entebbe (2000) See more »

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High production values score a direct hit
29 December 1999 | by Lee-65See all my reviews

Compared to its other US competitor, "Victory at Entebbe"(1976) this film displays higher production values and more attention to detail than "Victory" does. For instance, the Air France uniforms are much more realistic in this picture, whereas in the other production the costume designers resorted to just using U.S. Navy and Coast Guard shoulder boards. Also Idi Amin (Yaphet Kotto) gets a much better costume, much more realistic than the ridiculous getup Julius Harris had to wear in "Victory at Entebbe".I think the secret is that in doing this picture, and the definitive Israeli Golan-Globus work, "Operation Thunderbolt"(Mivtza Yonatan)(1977); the film makers were given much more time to prepare their production than ABC gave David L. Wolper in doing "Victory at Entebbe", which was shot on videotape like a soap opera, later transferred to film. It is an excellent lesson for film students that time spent on a project avails much. For this picture and "Thunderbolt" are much better films, even though in some respects "Victory at Entebbe" had more "big names" than "Raid" or "Thunderbolt". It seems all to be in the execution.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

9 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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