The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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israel | jewish | arab | nurse | cyprus | See All (46) »

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The drama and the passion of one of the epic events of the twentieth century !

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Action | Drama | History | War

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2 January 1961 (Brazil)  »

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Éxodo  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

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2.20 : 1
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When the filmmakers bought the ship that they used as the refugee ship, the company they bought it from was so thrilled that they delivered it with a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, this was unsuitable, since the ship was meant to look old, so fake rust had to be painted on at great expense. See more »

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The escape from Acre prison takes place in 1947, but the getaway car is very beat up 1946 Chrysler. It is not plausible that such a "late model" American car would have even been found in British Mandate Palestine or in such poor condition. See more »

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Cypriot guide: 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.
Kitty Fremont: [correcting him] I'm an American.
Cypriot guide: Fond of Americans, also; we Cypriots are fond of everybody.
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Opening credits shown over a background of flames. See more »

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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

The Exodus song
(1960) (uncredited)
("This land is mine")
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Pat Boone
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Exodus Succeeds In Its Mission
8 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film version of Leon Uris' Exodus was intentionally scripted for an American audience unfamiliar with Holocaust and Jewish themes. In fact, the film harps on major character Kitty's discomfort just being around Jews. Exodus is a 1960's Hollywood version of the creation of the modern State of Israel "for dummies", and in this it succeeds. While not having any religious Jewish content whatsoever, the film discuss themes of Jewish identity after the Holocaust, the plight of Jewish refugees under the British, the internal struggle of the Haganah versus the militant Irgun, and major historical incidents in the War for Independence 1948. While inaccurate about the actual Exodus ship incident, the film was a milestone in American Jewish cinema and identity. To this day, the film's music remains a mainstay in Jewish American homes.


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