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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.



(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ari Ben Canaan
... Kitty Fremont
... Gen. Sutherland
... Maj. Caldwell
... Barak Ben Canaan
... Dov Landau
... Taha
... Mandria
... Lakavitch
... Dr. Lieberman
... Akiva Ben Canaan
... Karen
... Von Storch
... Jordana Ben Canaan
Michael Wager ... David Ben Ami


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Action | Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

2 January 1961 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Éxodo  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,750,000, 31 January 1970
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (70 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


There are important historical differences between the actual "Exodus 1947" ship ("the ship that launched a nation"), and the ship as presented in the movie (and in the original novel by Leon Uris). In the movie, the immigrants are allowed to disembark in Haifa in the spring of 1946, after which they witness the King David Hotel bombing (July 1946) and the Acre prison break (May 1947). The real Exodus 1947 was rammed and attacked by British warships on July 18, 1947. One crew member and two refugees were killed and dozens were injured. The ship was escorted to Haifa, but the refugees were sent back to France the next day, using three more seaworthy ships. When UN Resolution 181 was voted on November 29, most of them were back in DP camps, in a British occupation zone near Hamburg, Germany. See more »


Early in EXODUS, Kitty appears wearing a square dress outfit with no sleeves and bare armpits, a fashion totally out of place in 1947. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits shown over a background of flames. See more »


Referenced in American Masters: None Without Sin (2003) See more »


Music Traditional
In the score at the start of the hunger strike and after the U.N. votes to create Israel
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Top-notch even for modern viewers
1 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm a college guy that doesn't entirely mind your modern day Hollywood, but occasionally I like to go out and rent a classic like this. If you're like me that can be a dangerous bet, but you're safe with this film. Its really quite moving.

This adaptation of the birth of Israel is touching as it the struggle of the post WWII Jews, native Palestinians, and West at a crucial point in history. Our modern turmoil in the Middle East makes this film very relevant all these years later.

The acting and script were A+. It takes a lot to make me watch an old film, but this one certainly does the trick. Its over 200 minutes long, but it won't feel like it!

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