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Exodus (1960)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 2 January 1961 (Brazil)
The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.



(screenplay), (novel)

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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Michael Wager ...


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 | palestine | jewish | jew | arab | See All (156) »


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


Action | Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

2 January 1961 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Éxodo  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The company hired 250 extras to play escaping prisoners at the old prison in Acre. However, 253 people were counted as escaping--the extra three were actually escapees from a mental ward near the set. See more »


While the ship is still blockaded in Cyprus in 1946, news items are read out loud including the hanging of Dov Gruner, which took place in 1947. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Referenced in Hollywood on Trial (1976) See more »


Traditional English air
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Exodus... or how Zionism was romanticized for an American audience in order to get acceptance.
17 August 2014 | by (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

Exodus... or how Zionism was romanticized for an American audience to get a broader acceptance in times when good and reliable information was scarce and people still trusted cinema as their source of news as in the times of news reels.

This film is pure Zionist propaganda, with terrible stilted acting, triumphalist unreal dialogue and an inane fictional scenario, like all propaganda films tend to be.

In short: it's chuck full of romantic bullshit, ergo gratia, a group of Jewish immigrants pull a Masada on a ship off the coast of Cyprus and so on and so forth with an ending that will make any self-respecting viewer's stomach turn or even vomit.

How unfortunate that many, if not most, of the places here depicted have been destroyed by the very same people this film tries to sanitize and exult.

This film could easily be placed up there (or more appropriately "down there") with the Nazi film Jud Süß ("Süss the Jew")

3:30 hours LOOOONG... no wonder comedian Mort Sahl, so they say, when attending the premiere, apparently bored by the lengthy film, stood up after three hours and exclaimed, "Otto, let my people go!" Can't deny that both cinematography and locations were amazing, therefore I'm giving it a generous high mark of 4 stars out of 10.

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