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Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | TV Movie 9 January 1977
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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Wilfred Boese (as Horst Bucholz)
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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 Israeli soldiers was Lt. Col. Jonathan "Yoni" Netanyahu.. Written by Nikhil Deo <nikhil_deo@hotmail.com>

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9 January 1977 (USA)  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Dora Bloch is portrayed by Sylvia Sidney with an American accent. In actual fact, she was an English woman from Liverpool. The story about her being taken to hospital, and disappearing, is unfortunately completely true. See more »

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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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High production values score a direct hit
29 December 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Compared to its other US competitor, "Victory at Entebbe"(1976) this film displays higher production values and more attention to detail than "Victory" does. For instance, the Air France uniforms are much more realistic in this picture, whereas in the other production the costume designers resorted to just using U.S. Navy and Coast Guard shoulder boards. Also Idi Amin (Yaphet Kotto) gets a much better costume, much more realistic than the ridiculous getup Julius Harris had to wear in "Victory at Entebbe".I think the secret is that in doing this picture, and the definitive Israeli Golan-Globus work, "Operation Thunderbolt"(Mivtza Yonatan)(1977); the film makers were given much more time to prepare their production than ABC gave David L. Wolper in doing "Victory at Entebbe", which was shot on videotape like a soap opera, later transferred to film. It is an excellent lesson for film students that time spent on a project avails much. For this picture and "Thunderbolt" are much better films, even though in some respects "Victory at Entebbe" had more "big names" than "Raid" or "Thunderbolt". It seems all to be in the execution.


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