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Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 30 March 1966 (USA)
In 1947, following the U.N. decision to split British Palestine into separate Jewish and Palestinian states, a former U.S. Army officer is recruited by the Jews to reorganize the Haganah.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
... Magda Simon
... Emma Marcus
... Maj. Safir
... Ram Oren
... Jacob Zion
... Abou Ibn Kader
... Mrs. Chaison
... James MacAfee
... British Ambassador
... Immigration Officer
... Senior British Officer
... Junior British Officer
Michael Shillo ... Andre Simon
... Rona
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An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding Arab countries are opposed to the creation of the state of Israel. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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jew | u.s. army | jewish | israel | arab | See All (108) »

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Everywhere They Lived and Fought - They Cast a Giant Shadow! See more »


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Also Known As:

Der Schatten des Giganten  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Melville Shavelson and Kirk Douglas fought throughout the shoot. At one point, Shavelson even walked off the set, leaving his assistant to take over for the day. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, Kirk Douglas is in Macy's playing with some toys. One is the "Tiger Joe Tank", another is Mattel's "Tommy Burst" machine gun, both of which were introduced in the 1960's. The scene is dated 1947. See more »

Quotes

Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: You've got no choice. Hit those tanks with everything.
Maj. Safir: Risk the entire force?
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: They don't know it's a whole force! Go for broke. This has gotta be the biggest bluff since the invention of falsies.
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The major events in this film actually happened. Some of them are still happening. The major characters actually lived. Many of them are still living. Although it was not easy. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

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Lila Lel
Hebrew Lyrics by Dan Almagor
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A good war movie!
12 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

a forgotten gem amongst all the other lesser known war movies in Hollywood's snack vault. this one revolves around the liberation of Israel(or birth). the people of Israel stand alone against 5 Arab states who have swore to drive them into the Mediterranean sea as soon as British forces leave their land. but the Israelis have no military training or arms to fight back, so they turn to a ww2 veteran (Kirk Douglas) who cant say no because he loves war to damn much. and so begins the training and battle strategy which revolves around bluffing the opponent and literally getting their asses blown to bits. many familiar faces here in small parts , like John Wayne, Frank Sinatra and Michael Douglas. this is a different war movie than usual because of the political turmoil that the movies foundation is set on. and it seems like peace is a far away word for either the Israelis or Palestinians. but even so the movie packs a light tone of humor and wise cracks now and then. Good movie overall, watch it if you like old war movies.


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