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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 hurled back their answer in flesh and flame! See more »


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30 March 1966 (USA)  »

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Der Schatten des Giganten  »

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Trivia

Director Melville Shavelson and Kirk Douglas fought throughout the shoot. At one point, Shavelson even walked off the set, leaving his assistant to take over for the day. See more »

Goofs

Although the film takes place between 1947 and 1948, Magda's car is a 1954 Pontiac Star Chief Convertible. See more »

Quotes

Emma Marcus: I guess I'm proud of you. But I'm so damn tired of being proud of you.
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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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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) 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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