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Exodus (1960)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 2 January 1961 (Brazil)
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The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screenplay), Leon Uris (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Ari Ben Canaan
Eva Marie Saint ... Kitty Fremont
Ralph Richardson ... Gen. Sutherland
Peter Lawford ... Maj. Caldwell
Lee J. Cobb ... Barak Ben Canaan
Sal Mineo ... Dov Landau
John Derek ... Taha
Hugh Griffith ... Mandria
Gregory Ratoff ... Lakavitch
Felix Aylmer ... Dr. Lieberman
David Opatoshu ... Akiva Ben Canaan
Jill Haworth ... Karen
Marius Goring ... Von Storch
Alexandra Stewart ... Jordana Ben Canaan
Michael Wager Michael Wager ... David Ben Ami
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Storyline

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part of the film is about the situation in Israel as independence is declared and most of their neighbors attack them. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The drama and the passion of one of the epic events of the twentieth century !

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1961 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Exodus See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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[first lines]
Cypriot guide: The island of Cyprus, madame. World famous for beauty, and long, tragic history. Been conquered many times, conquered by Phoenicians, Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians; also conquered by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Turks. Purchased from Turkey by your esteemed self, the British Empire. All Cyprus most wanted the British.
Kitty Fremont: [correcting him] I'm an American.
Cypriot guide: Fond of Americans, also; we Cypriots are fond of everybody.
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Opening credits shown over a background of flames. See more »

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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 15 May 1961 (1961) See more »

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A very depressing discussion here
17 August 2015 | by moosish-628-965954See all my reviews

1. This is a movie, folks. Yes, based on a novel, but it was just that - a novel. Uris didn't claim to be writing a history textbook. As with all memorable literature, he tweaked some facts and embroidered his landscape with memorable fictional characters (although yes, many were based on real-life people.) So it's not appropriate to criticize either the novel or the book for not getting every historical fact absolutely right.

2. This is a MOVIE, folks. Based on a novel, but it's still a movie. Which meant that the actors were cast for a variety of reasons, one of which was solid bank-ability at the box office. To those who complained that Eva Marie Saint is too old in this film, I'd like to remind them that she was only a few months older (in real life) than Paul Newman was. And having her a bit older than the character in the novel is fine, since she brings a different life perspective than someone in her 20s would have. Especially since she was playing a widow. just mho.

3. What has depressed me is that this IMDb discussion of a movie has brought out the Haters. I don't mean people who hated the movie; I mean people who hate Jews and the State of Israel. Apparently, no amount of art, or even actual history, will ever be enough for some people to stop hating, to get them to stop looking for every possible opportunity to malign any group of people they get something -- however perverse or destructive -- out of hating.

4. My personal opinion of this movie is that it's an excellent MOVIE. It entertains. It teaches us a few basic facts about the creation of Israel that most of us never learned in school. It is well-cast, well-acted, well-directed, and well-photographed. In addition, it has a great score throughout the film (not just the very memorable main theme.) I saw it at a movie theater when I was fairly young, and I've probably seen it on TV over a dozen times since then. I also read the novel (a long time ago), but if I've learned anything over the years, it's that movies and novels are different animals that can't fairly be compared page-for-page, so to speak. Heck - ever read "Gone With The Wind?" In the novel, Scarlett has one child with each of her husbands, but in the movie, she only has the one child, with Rhett. But no one complains about it because it's a damn good movie. And so is "Exodus." It's damn good movie.


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