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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.

Director:

Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Ted Berkman (book), Melville Shavelson (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
Senta Berger ... Magda Simon
Angie Dickinson ... Emma Marcus
James Donald ... Maj. Safir
Stathis Giallelis ... Ram Oren
Luther Adler ... Jacob Zion
Topol ... Abou Ibn Kader
Ruth White ... Mrs. Chaison
Gordon Jackson ... James MacAfee
Michael Hordern ... British Ambassador
Allan Cuthbertson ... Immigration Officer
Jeremy Kemp ... Senior British Officer
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ... Junior British Officer
Michael Shillo Michael Shillo ... Andre Simon
Rina Ganor ... Rona
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Storyline

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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Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they stunned the world with their incredible victory! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kirk Douglas and James Donald appeared in Lust for Life (1956) and The Vikings (1958). See more »

Goofs

When first seen, Angie Dickinson and Senta Berger are shown wearing fashions from the 1960s when the film was made, not the 1940s when the film was set. See more »

Quotes

Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: Why do you let women to go on these convoys?
Asher Gonen: Magda volunteered.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: She's been through enough. She just lost her husband, she's in a terrible st...
Asher Gonen: Look, we need everyone. Especially since the British search us for weapons. Being British, they're also too polite most of the time to search a woman thoroughly.
Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus: You're lucky you're not occupied by the French.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Features Micha Shagrir, the Linzer Candy Boy (2020) See more »

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Hava Negila
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Good action but so-so writing
27 September 2005 | by irishtom29See all my reviews

I thought some of the battle scenes in the picture were very good, especially the battle in which the Israelis attack the fort held by the very professional Jordanians and are defeated, the shot where wave after wave of attackers emerge from the standing wheat was very well done.

For what it's worth most of the weapons were realistic, the Jordanians were equipped with the proper British arms; SMLEs and Vickers and Bren guns. I'd liked to have seen Glubb Pasha.

The story goes back and forth between sappy and inspired. The scene where the Israelis declare their independence brought tears to my eyes but I'm notorious for the manly tear.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

30 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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