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Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 30 March 1966 (USA)
In 1947, following the U.N. decision to split British Palestine into separate Jewish and Palestinian states, a former U.S. Army officer is recruited by the Jews to reorganize the Haganah.

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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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Everywhere They Lived and Fought - They Cast a Giant Shadow! See more »


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John Wayne was on board as producer and star before Kirk Douglas. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, Kirk Douglas is in Macy's playing with some toys. One is the "Tiger Joe Tank", another is Mattel's "Tommy Burst" machine gun, both of which were introduced in the 1960's. The scene is dated 1947. See more »

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Abou Ibn Kader: Ram Oren, don't wet your pants again.
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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 Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2006) See more »

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Next Year in Jerusalem
Music by Dov Seltzer
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Good action but so-so writing
27 September 2005 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I thought some of the battle scenes in the picture were very good, especially the battle in which the Israelis attack the fort held by the very professional Jordanians and are defeated, the shot where wave after wave of attackers emerge from the standing wheat was very well done.

For what it's worth most of the weapons were realistic, the Jordanians were equipped with the proper British arms; SMLEs and Vickers and Bren guns. I'd liked to have seen Glubb Pasha.

The story goes back and forth between sappy and inspired. The scene where the Israelis declare their independence brought tears to my eyes but I'm notorious for the manly tear.


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