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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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Company Credits

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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Contrary to what some believe, the British did not "plant" Jews in Palestine after World War I. The British did capture great portions of the Middle East from the Turks, and actively favored the founding of a Jewish state in their ancient homeland. But after most Arab leaders expressed great consternation at the idea of a Jewish homeland, and Arab religious leader in Palestine began to preach violence against the Jews, the British limited Jewish immigration severely. This created the situation depicted in the movie, with Jewish Holocaust survivors being denied entrance to what would eventually become Israel, and being kept in camps in Cyprus. In the 1930s, ships carrying refugees from Nazi Germany were stopped by the British and turned back to their ports. See more »

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During the prison break when the truck is blown up at 2:37.06 the bomb explodes a split second before the man turns the crank on the detonator. See more »

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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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[Played at Gan Daphne prior to Karens abduction]
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Call Me Israel
9 November 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Otto Preminger's presentation of Leon Uris' novel "Exodus" tried to evoke comparisons, in its trailer, to "Gone with the Wind" and "The Birth of a Nation". Those films overcome ideological flaws, and remain genuine, undeniable classics. Despite the starry cast and sweeping grandeur, "Exodus" fails to achieve its epic intentions. Mr. Preminger, coming off the superb "Anatomy of a Murder", gives it a long and dull direction. Paul Newman (as Ari Ben Canaan) and Eva Marie Saint (as Kitty Fremont) are quite unconvincing, in the leading roles. Still, there are some good characterizations, and nicely staged scenes.

The film offers two obvious, award-garnering career moves: Sal Mineo's masterful supporting performance, and Ernest Gold's beautiful musical score. Mr. Mineo (as Dov Landau) won a "Golden Globe" as "Best Supporting Actor"; and, arguably, he also deserved the year's "Academy Award". His subplot, played with pretty blonde newcomer Jill Haworth (as Karen Johansson), is far and away the most interesting story, thanks to Mineo's acting work. Mr. Gold's "Exodus" theme is also outstanding, selling well over a million copies of the Ferrante and Teicher version alone; it won not only an Oscar, but also a Grammy as 1960's "Song of the Year".

****** Exodus (12/15/60) Otto Preminger ~ Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Sal Mineo


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