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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

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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Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

9 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raid on Entebbe See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The flight crew shown in this movie, with the exception of the pilot (who was an extra), were the actual 115th crew who flew the aircraft in the movie. See more »

Goofs

One of the El Al aircraft has a US Registry number, beginning with the letter N, as opposed to an Israeli registration which begins with 4X. However, this could be a simple case of El Al, like many airlines in real life, leasing an aircraft carrying a foreign registration. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Cooper: Where are you going?
Alice: California.
Mrs. Loeb: [half asleep] That's a beautiful city.
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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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Important movie
7 July 2006 | by flashgiSee all my reviews

While a lot of such Special Forces operations make occur worldwide, their translation into movies may themselves not be so good. Not in this movie's case. The Israeli raid on entebbe is quite unique as far as anti hijacking operations go but this movie is pretty flawless in portraying what and how it happened? Authentic weapons, equipment, aircraft and settings have all been used. The acting is excellent and even the general human reactions to the hijacking have been portrayed quite well and the reality of civilian casualties which occurred has also been included. From beginning to end, this movie never drags and is one of the best I've ever seen.


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