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Mivtsa Yonatan (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  27 January 1978 (USA)
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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yehoram Gaon ...
Gila Almagor ...
Nurit Aviv
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Shuki (as Assaf Dayan)
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Halima
Arik Lavie ...
Shmuel Rodensky ...
Family Representative
Shaike Ophir ...
Gadi Arnon (as Shai K. Ophir)
Reuven Bar-Yotam ...
Avraham Ben-David
Gabi Amrani ...
Maj. Gen. Benny Peled (as Gaby Amrani)
Mark Heath ...
Henri Czarniak ...
Michel Bacos
Rolf Eden ...
Air France Co-Pilot
Shoshana Shani ...
Alma Raviv
Oded Teomi ...
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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27 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Operation Thunderbolt  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Col. Yonatan Netanyahu was the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, the future Israeli prime minister. 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 »

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Wilfried Boese: [when offered to drink some champagne] Thank you. But I have my own label.
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Eretz Tzvi
Lyrics by Telma Alyagon-Roz
Music by Dov Seltzer
Performed by Yehoram Gaon
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The best action movie ever made in Israel
30 April 2003 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Mivtza Yehonatan (or as it is better known around the world, Entebbe Operation), in which the Israeli army managed to take over the Entebbe airport in Uganda, to free all hostages of the kidnapped Air France plane and to bring (almost) everybody home in one piece, is a story told a million times over, was made into a very bad Hollywood action movie and was used as the basis for countless B-movies. This version, however, is unique. To begin with, many of the key characters of the operation (Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal Alon, all of whom played key rolls in the decision making process of this operation) were acting as themselves. Secondly, the Israeli army actively participated in the making of the movie, thus making the level of realism higher than most other action movies ever made. Third, Yoram Globus, in his break-through movie (that opened the gates of big-time Hollywood for him) proves that he can direct a good action movie, based on a great story, and coming out on top of his game.

All in all, a great movie to watch.

9 out of 10 in my book-keeping.


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