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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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Avraham Ben-David
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Gavriel, a passnger (as Gaby Amrani)
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Michel Bacos
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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

a cargo plane pilot said that he was tired and couldn't continue flying the cargo plane, in which Menahem Golan (the director of the film) grabbed an UZI and points at head of the pilot and Golan says "You better go back to the cockpit, and do what I'm telling you". See more »

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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: Ladies and gentleman, this is your new captain speaking again. For your information, in thirty minutes we will be landing.
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Connections

Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #8.2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eretz Tzvi
Lyrics by Telma Alyagon-Roz
Music by Dov Seltzer
Performed by Yehoram Gaon
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best darn Israeli action movie ever
17 February 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Not that I've seen all that many Israeli action movies, but it's definitely the bets one I've seen. Yes, this movie is dated. It relies on stereotypes and is full of cliches like the "oh-no!" quick-zoom. The dialogue is sometimes silly and there are a variety of flubs, both in continuity and historical accuracy. But, it's fun! From the music (which is so wonderfully 70's) to the memorably cheesy lines, and of course the sheer audacity of the mission that gives the movie its title, it all makes for an exciting and surprisingly emotional film. It's also the only film I know of where most scenes were shot twice so it could be released in two different languages. There is a Hebrew version out there (recently released on DVD, but hard to find) and an English version (first released on VHS and Beta in 1984, after which there may or may not have been a subsequent 1991 VHS re-release). And neither version is dubbed! Gotta love it.


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