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Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

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An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
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Magda Simon
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Emma Marcus
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Maj. Safir
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Ram Oren
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Jacob Zion
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Abou Ibn Kader
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Mrs. Chaison
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James MacAfee
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British Ambassador
Allan Cuthbertson ...
Immigration Officer
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Senior British Officer
Sean Barrett ...
Junior British Officer
Michael Shillo ...
Andre Simon
Rina Ganor ...
Rona
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An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they stunned the world with their incredible victory! See more »


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30 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schatten des Giganten  »

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Trivia

Though not really trivia, it is there for all who view it to see, this film's opening prologue states: "The major events in this film actually happened. Some of them are still happening. The major characters actually lived. Many of them are still living. Although it was not easy." At the time of release, this statement was probably the case. See more »

Goofs

When Colonel Marcus first meets General Randolph, there is a Curtiss C-46 in the background. The blue in insignia markings is too pale and the plane lacks the black and white "Invasion Stripes" that were painted on the fuselage and wings of all aircraft involved in the Normandy Invasion. Also, the paratroop drop at Normandy occurred at night, not broad daylight as depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: Would you give up everything you love to fight an insane war for a little country that's gonna get its brains blown out in a couple of weeks?
Maj. Safir: If it were my country.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: Maybe it's yours, but... it isn't mine.
Maj. Safir: But you are a Jew.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: I'm an American, Major. That's my religion. The last time I was in Temple I was 13 years old. I made a speech and got 42 fountain pens. I don't have to go again. I've got enough fountain pens.
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The major events in this film actually happened. Some of them are still happening. The major characters actually lived. Many of them are still living. Although it was not easy. See more »

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Referenced in McCloud: Give My Regrets to Broadway (1972) See more »

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Lila Lel
Hebrew Lyrics by Dan Almagor
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It's a good and spectacular epic film
27 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The movie deals upon the birth of State of Israel. It's based on real deeds.

Here Mickey Marcus (Kirk Douglas) general of the WW2 helps the Jewish to build the State of Israel.

There are various flashbacks remembering exploits of Marcus during second world War. After that, he goes to Israel and he commands the troops.

Mickey is Kirk Douglas who does a first rate acting.

John Wayne plays as an American general, as always he is excellent.

Yul Brynner is a Jewish colonel who has the command of the army that

will defeat the Arabs.

The music from Elmer Bernstein is impressive and cinematography by the Italian Aldo Tonti is magnificent.

The flick will appeal to history buffs.

The motion picture is well directed by Mellville Shavelson.

Rating : Acceptable and passable, well worth watching.

Rating 6'5/10


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