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Victory at Entebbe (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Drama | History  -  13 December 1976 (USA)
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An Air France airplane is hijacked by the PLO due the large number of Israeli and Jewish passengers. We follow the action both with the hostages as they cope with confinement and threatened... See full summary »



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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Wilfried Böse
Yakov Shlomo
Chana Vilnofsky
Hershel Vilnofsky
David Groh ...
Benjamin Wise
Julius Harris ...
Etta Grossman-Wise
Christian Marquand ...
Captain Dukas
Edra Vilnofsky
Nomi Haroun


An Air France airplane is hijacked by the PLO due the large number of Israeli and Jewish passengers. We follow the action both with the hostages as they cope with confinement and threatened death, and the Israeli cabinet and military that must try to get them out. Written by David Carroll <>

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13 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Victory at Entebbe  »

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Actor Godfrey Cambridge was selected to the play the role of Gen. Idi Amin Dada, but died on the set from a heart attack early in the filming. Julius Harris took over the part. See more »


The footage used to depict flight 139 on the ground shows a plane with the test color scheme Air France adopted only on its Airbus A300 (light blue line under the windows). All the other scenes show the older Air France colors (navy cheat-line on the windows). See more »


[after hearing the female terrorist yelling orders in German]
Etta Grossman-Wise: The woman is a Nazi.
Benjamin Wise: Mother, now don't get excited!
Etta Grossman-Wise: I'm not excited. I took a Valium. The woman is still a Nazi.
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The terrors inflicted by Idi Amin would make an exceptional movie...but not the one here
15 March 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In late June 1976, Air France flight 139--which had some 240 passengers on-board traveling from Athens to Paris--was hijacked by armed Arab terrorists who re-routed the plane to Entebbe, Uganda. All-star political adventure, filmed inexplicably on videotape (later transferred, with poor results, to film), was shown on ABC-TV just a few months ahead of NBC's version of the story, "Raid on Entebbe"; it was a rush job to beat the clock, and it shows. The harrowing facts of the ordeal have a tough time making an impact here, what with Ernest Kinoy's teleplay whipped up on the spot and Julius Harris stepping in for Godfrey Cambridge at the eleventh hour as dictator Idi Amin. The casting is certainly interesting; these stars must have had a vested interest in the proceedings and felt a great need to be a part of the experience, even if three-dimensional roles weren't exactly waiting for them (Kirk Douglas and Elizabeth Taylor, in particular, are poorly used). Some suspense and excitement near the finale, but it's long and talky when it should have been a gripping docu-drama.

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