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Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 30 March 1966 (USA)
An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding Arab countries are opposed to the creation of the state of Israel. He is made commander... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
Magda Simon
Emma Marcus
Maj. Safir
Ram Oren
Jacob Zion
Abou Ibn Kader (as Topol)
Mrs. Chaison
James MacAfee
British Ambassador
Immigration Officer
Senior British Officer
Sean Barrett ...
Junior British Officer
Michael Shillo ...
Andre Simon


An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding Arab countries are opposed to the creation of the state of Israel. 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 hurled back their answer in flesh and flame! See more »


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Release Date:

30 March 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schatten des Giganten  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The poem that Emma quotes whilst dancing with Mickey is "I Have a Rendezvous with Death" by Alan Seeger (1888-1916). See more »


In a sequence portraying a night attack of an enemy position, there is a brief cutaway from the action to a shot of Mickey, Asher Gonen, and Magda intently listening to reports from the battle. At the moment the cut to this shot occurs, the slate is visible being withdrawn from the frame, from left to right. In freeze frame, one can even see the title, "Cast A Giant Shadow" printed at the top of the slate. See more »


Abou Ibn Kader: Not familiar with these hills? I was having women in these hills when your father was still sucking milk.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006) See more »


Han Toni Ozan Otoma
Sung at the beach
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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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