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The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Liron Levo ...
Weinraub
Tomer Russo ...
Ruso
Uri Klauzner ...
Klausner (as Uri Ran-Klausner)
Yoram Hattab ...
The Pilot
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Gadassi
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
The Captain (as Juliano Mer)
Ran Kauchinsky ...
Shlomo
Kobi Livne ...
Kobi
Liat Glick ...
Dina (as Liat Glick Levo)
Pini Mittleman ...
Hospital Doctor
Meital Barda
Gidi Gov
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The film takes place in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War in which Egypt and Syria launched attacks in Sinai and the Golan Heights. The story is told from the perspective of Israeli soldiers. We are led by Weinraub and his friend Ruso on a day that begins with quiet city streets, but ends with death, destruction and devastation of both body and mind. Various scenes are awash in the surreal, as Weinraub's head hangs out over a rescue helicopter's open door, watching with tranquil desperation as the earth passes beneath, the overpowering whir of the blades creating a hypnotic state. It is not a traditional blood, guts and glory film. There are no men in battle, only the rescue crew trying to pick up the broken pieces. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Bloody, Vivid... Unvarnished.

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13 September 2000 (France)  »

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Am Tag von Kippur  »

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Opening Weekend:

$17,007 (USA) (3 November 2000)

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$110,281 (USA) (26 January 2001)
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The film is based on director Amos Gitai's own experience of joining a helicopter rescue crew during the war of Kippur, and his helicopter being shot down by a Syrian missile on his 23rd birthday. See more »

Goofs

The Syrians did not press the Golan Heights until the Egyptians were fully engaged but the radio announcement only refers to the surprise attack by the Syrians. Moshe Dayan was already in the Sinai (he lost his eye there) when the downed helicopter pilot says he's been asked to fly him to the front. See more »

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Visual Meditation on Commuting to the Front Lines
12 December 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

As an Israeli's view of war, "Kippur" takes "Thin Red Line"s visual approach, with little plot or explication or context, from the sacred (Yom Kippur mis en scene) to the procreative beginning, to the wounds and exhausted faces of the soldiers.

This is a war where a soldier takes his used Fiat right up to the front and back again to his girlfriend's front door. Unlike "Tigerland" where the soldiers are young neophytes with taut basic training bodies, these are lean, lanky, long-haired chain-smoking, experienced reservists who pretty much pick and choose where they'll serve. Instead of the usual U.S. barking sergeant, this unit is based on long-term friendship, training, coordination, shared goals and consensus. Fodder for discussion on military management styles. And I can't think of another war movie where a guy named Weinraub is as sexy looking.

Even my husband, who is a devotee of the War Channel and thought it was way too arty (and amazingly this was from the same director who did the agit-prop anti-Orthodox domestic drama "Kadosh") found one long sequence with almost no dialog very effective, as the medics try to rescue the wounded in the mud.

The projectionist shut down the credits before it was finished.

(originally written 12/2/2000)


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