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The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part of the film is about the situation in Israel as independence is declared and most of their neighbors attack them. Written by
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The U.S.S. President Warfield renamed the S.S. Exodus was used as a troop transport by the British and Americans during WWII. In November of 1946, she was sold to an agent of the Jewish political group Haganah, The Potomac Shipwrecking Co. of Washington, D.C. The ship is named after David Warfield, the president of The Seaboard Air Line Railroad and The Old Bay Line who operated a fleet of steamships. The USS President Warfield was part of the fleet. Their train line was best known for a daily excursion to Florida nicknamed The Orange Blossom Special which inspired the popular American song. David Warfield was also the paternal uncle of Wallis Warfield Simpson, whose marriage was responsible for the abdication of Duke of Windsor. The Warfield family line claims two former Maryland Governors; F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of _ "The Great Gatsby (2013)"_; Paul Warfield Tibbets, the pilot of The Enola Gay and General Edwin Warfield III, the Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard from 1970 to 1979. See more »
While the ship is still blockaded in Cyprus, news items are read out loud including the hanging of Dov Gruner, an Irgun member. Since the Exodus arrived in Israel before the 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel, it cannot have been docked in Cyprus during the hanging of Dov Gruner, which took place in 1947. See more »
The island of Cyprus, madame. World famous for beauty, and long, tragic history. Been conquered many times, conquered by Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians; also conquered by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Turks. Purchased from Turkey by your esteemed self, the British Empire. All Cyprus most wanted the British.
I'm an American.
Fond of Americans, also; we Cypriots are fond of everybody.
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It's difficult to know what the thinking was behind this film. From the miscasting to the dull representation of what is, to the Jewish people, the culmination of an historical quest for independence and freedom.
The movie is so uninformative, considering its length, and so relentlessly tepid that one can only put the blame, perhaps, on the stilted and bland Hollywood mindset of the 1950's.
Why all the blonds? Why are the most powerful elements of the struggle so inept and hazy? The film looks like an uninspired TV Movie and it commits the most grievous of Sins. It does not entertain or enlighten the audience. It is just boring beyond belief.
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