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In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to ... See full summary »

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Nurit Aviv
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Shuki (as Assaf Dayan)
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Halima
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Gadi Arnon (as Shai K. Ophir)
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Alma Raviv (as Shoshana Shani)
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Dan Zamir
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In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages. The film is based on the true facts and follows the events since the flight's takeoff and until the hostages' return to Israel. Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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The world watched... The world waited... And then the world cheered

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Action | Drama | History

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27 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Operation Thunderbolt  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Col. Yonatan Netanyahu was the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, the future Israeli prime minister. See more »

Goofs

Exterior shots of an actual Air France Airbus A300 are accurately used at the beginning of the movie. Once the plane lands in Benghazi and for the rest of the movie, a Boeing 707 in grossly inaccurate Air France colors is shown, supposedly depicting the same aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Wilfried Boese: [when offered to drink some champagne] Thank you. But I have my own label.
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Connections

Spoofed in Eretz Nehederet: Episode #11.8 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eretz Tzvi
Lyrics by Telma Alyagon-Roz
Music by Dov Seltzer
Performed by Yehoram Gaon
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Amazing retelling of a great victory
18 April 1999 | by (Covington, WA) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing retelling of Israel's great Entebbe victory. It doesn't sink into melodrama, but shows us how all the pieces were brought together for this singular achievement. Exciting, gripping, and with a sense of realism rarely seen.


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