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Raid on Entebbe (1976)

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True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Cooper
Wilfred Boese (as Horst Bucholz)
Gen. Benny Peled
Dora Bloch
Yigal Allon
Tige Andrews ...
Capt. Becaud
David Opatoshu ...
Eli Melnick
Capt. Sammy Berg


Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually flew so far and rescued the passengers in one of the most successful Military operations in history. The only casualty for Israely soldiers was Lt. Col. Jonathan "Yoni" Netanyahu.. Written by Nikhil Deo <>

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As most of this film was shot at the Stockton Airport in California, it's very obvious that the production had the assistance of the California National Guard that has a facility there. The C-130's are all National Guard aircraft. their camouflage being very different from that of Israel. All of the vehicles were of national guard origin. The Ford M5A1 "jeeps" (mutts) were then in use in active military and national guard. In the film both the Israelis and Ugandans were driving them. When the Ugandan reinforcements arrive, they're driving current "deuce and a half" trucks that would only be found in the current US military, Uganda would have most likely had old hand-me-down UK equipment. See more »


Air France's two-letter airline code is AF, not AR as shown on the flight information screen in Paris. See more »


Capt. Sammy Berg: Well, if this thing works, I'll kiss Amin's foot.
Capt. Michel Becaud: It went well.
Capt. Sammy Berg: If you meant it didn't take too much time, yea.
Capt. Michel Becaud: Speed is important...
Capt. Sammy Berg: Speed, right, but when all those men run into the terminal, it will be the biggest noise to hit africa since the elephants stampeded!
Capt. Michel Becaud: Now listen, Sammy...
Lt. Col. Yonatan 'Yoni' Netanyahu: Sam's right...
Capt. Sammy Berg: Goodbye surprise!
Lt. Col. Yonatan 'Yoni' Netanyahu: Surprise will be gone...
Lt. Col. Yonatan 'Yoni' Netanyahu: We need to hit the terminal with less men.
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Excellent and true to history
18 September 2001 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

A film that is historically accurate, Raid on Entebbe is engrossing and exciting to watch. The actual raid on Entebbe was itself a very daring rescue, and it translates extremely well to film. Even though you know the outcome in advance, you will find yourself wanting to stay with the film until the end. The actors are all excellent, and the sets extremely realistic. Yaphet Kotto gives a great performance as Idi Amin, portraying the Ugandan president as mix of grandstander, egomaniac, and thinly disguised madman; the movie is worth watching for Kotto's performance alone. While made almost 25 years ago, Raid on Entebbe remains an exciting film that has aged well and is still very enjoyable to watch.

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