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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 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

The scene where Frank Sinatra's spotter plane is attacked by an Arab fighter uses a brief clip from '633 Squadron' showing a Nord 2002 (French -built Messerschmitt Bf108). See more »

Goofs

When first seen, Angie Dickinson and Senta Berger are shown wearing fashions from the 1960s when the film was made, not the 1940s when the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: Why do you let women to go on these convoys?
Asher Gonen: Magda volunteered.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: She's been through enough. She just lost her husband, she's in a terrible st...
Asher Gonen: Look, we need everyone. Especially since the British search us for weapons. Being British, they're also too polite most of the time to search a woman thoroughly.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: You're lucky you're not occupied by the French.
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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 Il marchio di Kriminal (1968) See more »

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Next Year in Jerusalem
Music by Dov Seltzer
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A Giant Shadow of a Cast
19 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the greatest casts ever assembled for a single film including Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner, Senta Berger, Angie Dickinson and others was put completely to waste in this film of unfulfilled potential. Sadly, despite a disproportionate amount of Jews in influential positions in Hollywood, Exodus and Cast a Giant Shadow remain the only two major films on the subject of Israeli independence.

Clearly almost the entire budget was spent on a two minute cameo by John Wayne because even for 1966 the special effects were poor, the dialogue was flat, the plot was boring, many scenes made little sense, and every actor either seemed bored with his or her role or they overacted. For a movie based on actual events the filmmakers due an incredibly poor job of explaining how things actually come to pass in the movie, maybe the truth was just too boring. The film sends a message but it is poorly conveyed and in the end I simply am left unsatisfied with a desire to see a Longest Day type caliber movie about the Israeli War of Independence.


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