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 ... See full summary »
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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At the film's premiere, as the movie neared its third hour with the end not yet in sight, comedian Mort Sahl stood up from his seat in the packed theater and shouted, "Otto, let my people go!" The incident quickly became a popular piece of Hollywood lore. See more »
Shortly before escaping from prison, two of the main characters are playing a game of chess. The chessboard is set up the wrong way, as is clearly seen when the guard takes it away. Each player should have a white square on his right hand, not a black one. 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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I'm a college guy that doesn't entirely mind your modern day Hollywood, but occasionally I like to go out and rent a classic like this. If you're like me that can be a dangerous bet, but you're safe with this film. Its really quite moving.
This adaptation of the birth of Israel is touching as it the struggle of the post WWII Jews, native Palestinians, and West at a crucial point in history. Our modern turmoil in the Middle East makes this film very relevant all these years later.
The acting and script were A+. It takes a lot to make me watch an old film, but this one certainly does the trick. Its over 200 minutes long, but it won't feel like it!
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