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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 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

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

Colonel Marcus arrives in Palestine in early 1948 on a civilian Boeing Stratocruiser. The first Stratocruisers were delivered to the airlines in February 1949, nearly a year later. See more »

Quotes

Magda Simon: From now on, I'm your sister.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: Hmm, that's nice. What's the attitude on incest in this country?
Magda Simon: Very biblical. Especially since I'm also married. My husband is an officer in the Palmach... But you can try if you wish.
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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: Fifth Man in a String Quartet (1972) See more »

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Lila Lel
Hebrew Lyrics by Dan Almagor
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Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas Kirk Douglas
26 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Col. Marcus (Kirk Douglas) is recruited to fight for an independent Israel. He must organize the disparate fighting forces to win against overwhelming odds.

The action is pretty good and the underdog story is very compelling. Kirk Douglas and Yul Brynner make for very charismatic leaders. Seeing Frank Sinatra in the movie breaks the tension. He's in it more for the comedy and probably the box office. And similarly, the same can be said of John Wayne. He's more of a distraction from the main story. Angie Dickinson has little to do as Mrs Marcus. Senta Berger is the Israeli love interest and she overacts in a pivotal scene. There's a lot of melodrama going on with her.

The saving grace is Kirk Douglas. He is the magnetic personality that glues the movie together. He's the driving force, and it's him that makes this movie works. It is a bit of a sided propaganda piece, but I don't think it should be penalized for it.


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