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Director:
Writers:
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Leon Uris (novel)
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Release Date:
2 January 1961 (Brazil) See more »
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Plot:
The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Popular in 1960 But Today Uninspired See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Ari Ben Canaan

Eva Marie Saint ... Kitty Fremont

Ralph Richardson ... Gen. Sutherland

Peter Lawford ... Maj. Caldwell

Lee J. Cobb ... Barak Ben Canaan

Sal Mineo ... Dov Landau

John Derek ... Taha

Hugh Griffith ... Mandria
Gregory Ratoff ... Lakavitch
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Lieberman
David Opatoshu ... Akiva Ben Canaan

Jill Haworth ... Karen
Marius Goring ... Von Storch
Alexandra Stewart ... Jordana Ben Canaan
Michael Wager ... David Ben Ami
Martin Benson ... Mordekai
Paul Stevens ... Reuben
Betty Walker ... Sarah
Martin Miller ... Dr. Odenheim
Victor Maddern ... Sergeant

George Maharis ... Yoav
John Crawford ... Captain Hank Schlosberg
Shmuel Segal ... Dov-Contact Proprietor (as Samuel Segal)
Dahn Ben Amotz ... Uzi
Ralph Truman ... Colonel
Peter Madden ... Dr. Clement
Joseph Fürst ... Avidan (as Joseph Furst)
Paul Stassino ... Driver-guide on Cyprus
Michael Wynne ... Man
Marc Burns ... Lt. O'Hara
Esther Ofarim ... Mrs. Hirschberg (as Esther Reichstadt)
Zipora Peled ... Mrs. Frankel (as Zeporah Peled)
Philo Hauser ... Novak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Slater ... Bit Part
Ya'ackov Banai ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Larry Frisch ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Robert Goodstein ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Yossi Graber ... Jake (uncredited)
Anna Maria Millo ... Woman Onlooker (uncredited)
Amos Mokadi ... Expert for Explosions (uncredited)
Hannah Norbert ... Yetta (uncredited)
Geula Nuni ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Abi Ofarim ... (uncredited)

Paul L. Smith ... Jewish Prisoner Peretz Geffner (uncredited)
John Van Eyssen ... Detective (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)

Leon Uris (novel)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Sam Leavitt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
 
Makeup Department
George Lane .... makeup
A.G. Scott .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Ilan Eldad .... assistant production manager (as Ivan Lengyel)
Lionel Lober .... assistant production manager
Eva Monley .... production manager
Mati Raz .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry Frisch .... assistant director
Gerry O'Hara .... first assistant director
Otto Plaschkes .... assistant director
Joel Silberg .... assistant director (as Yoel Silberg)
Christopher Trumbo .... assistant director
George P. Cosmatos .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arnon Adar .... assistant art director
Peter Dukelow .... construction manager
Robert Goodstein .... property master
William Hutchinson .... associate art director (as Bill Hutchinson)
Dario Simoni .... set dresser
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Garson Citron .... title artist (uncredited)
June Shelley .... assistant props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound
Paddy Cunningham .... sound
Red Law .... sound
Winston Ryder .... sound effects editor (as Win Ryder)
Gordon Davie .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted White .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... electrical supervisor
Ernest Day .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Francesco Brescini .... electrician (uncredited)
Léo L. Fuchs .... still photographer (uncredited)
Louis Goldman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gjon Mili .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
Rudi Gernreich .... clothes designer: Miss Saint
Joe King .... wardrobe
Margo Slater .... wardrobe
May Walding .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leon Birnbaum .... music editor
Gerard Schurmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucie Svehlova .... orchestra leader: Tadlow re-recording (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
Ilan Hartuv .... technical advisor
Noreen Hipwell .... production secretary
Angela Martelli .... script supervisor
Simon R. Mitchneck .... speech consultant
Otto Preminger .... presenter
Anan Safadi .... technical advisor
Martin C. Schute .... general manager
Max Slater .... assistant to producer
Fred Hift .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
208 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)
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Trivia:
John Gielgud turned down the role of Gen. Sutherland.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the prison break, Paul Newman's character and his uncle are both shot as the car escapes the road block. When the car drives off the road into the underbrush, there are no bullet holes in the trunk or the rear window.See more »
Quotes:
[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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64 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Popular in 1960 But Today Uninspired, 29 March 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Early in the film, while discussing the squabbling between Jews and Arabs over Palestine, an exasperated Eva Marie Saint sighs and asks "How is it all going to end?" How indeed! It is a question the world has asked for more than half a century, and to date there is no answer in sight.

Concerning the creation of the Jewish state of Israel, the 1958 Leon Uris novel EXODUS was among the great bestsellers of its era and remains widely read to this day. The 1960 film version was also widely admired at the time of its release--but it is seldom seen today. There is a reason for that. In spite of its reputation, the film is remarkably slapdash. The cinematography is poor, lacking arresting visuals and often so sloppy that the shadows of the boom mikes are visible here, there, and everywhere throughout the film. The sound mix is also quite poor, with post-production effects as much off the mark as they are on. But the great flaws here are the script and the cast.

Written for the screen by Dalton Trumbo, the script has a very artificial and very talky quality. This might be overlooked if Trumbo actually had anything to say in the process--but he does not, and a remarkably gifted cast struggles vainly against one artificial line after another. Paul Newman is horrifically miscast; Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, and Lee J. Cobb fare a bit better, but Jill Haworth is chiefly memorable for giving the single worst performance in the film. As for Sal Mineo's much lauded performance, today it seems extremely theatrical.

Even so, EXODUS would remain passable were it not for the incredibly naive brand of Zionism the film adopts. More than fifty years later after endless wars, waves of terrorism, and failed peace talks we all know that it was NEVER as simple as this movie would have us believe. When all is said and done, the most memorable thing about EXODUS is the Academy Award-winning score by Ernest Gold, which really is as good as every one says it is.

The film is presently available to the homemarket as a no-frills DVD. Final thought: it has moments of interest and on rare occasions even brilliance, but those moments are few and far between. Best left to those who remember it fondly from its 1960 debut.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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