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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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Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
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Magda Simon
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Emma Marcus
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Maj. Safir
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Ram Oren
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Jacob Zion
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Abou Ibn Kader
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Mrs. Chaison
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James MacAfee
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British Ambassador
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Immigration Officer
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Senior British Officer
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Junior British Officer
Michael Shillo ...
Andre Simon
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Rona
Roland Bartrop ...
Bert Harrison
Robert Gardett ...
General Walsh
Michael Balston ...
1st Sentry
Claude Aliotti ...
2nd Sentry
Samra Dedes ...
Belly Dancer
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Truck Driver (as Michael Shagrir)
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1st U.N. Officer (as Frank Lattimore)
Ken Buckle ...
2nd U.N. Officer
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Aide to Gen. Randolph (as Rodd Dana)
Robert Ross ...
Aide to Chief of Staff
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Pentagon Officer
Dan Sturkie ...
Jump Sergeant (as Don Sturkie)
Hillel Rave ...
Yaakov
Shlomo Hermon ...
Yussuff
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Vince Talmadge
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Asher Gonen
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Gen. Mike Randolph
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vera Dolen ...
Mrs. Martinson (scenesDeleted)
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Pentagon Chief of Staff (scenesDeleted)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jeep Driver (uncredited)
Rudolf Hess ...
Himself at Nuremberg (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Fiorello LaGuardia ...
Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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David (uncredited)
Danny Perlman ...
Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Jeep Driver (uncredited)
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Himself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

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Melville Shavelson

Written by

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

Produced by

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Melville Shavelson ... producer
Michael Wayne ... co-producer
Kirk Douglas ... co-executive producer (uncredited)
Michael Douglas ... assistant producer (uncredited)
John Wayne ... co-executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

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Aldo Tonti ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bert Bates
Gene Ruggiero

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster
Irene Howard ... (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Michael Stringer

Art Direction by

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Arrigo Equini

Set Decoration by

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Ferdinando Ruffo

Costume Design by

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Margaret Furse

Makeup Department

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Dave Grayson ... makeup artist (as David Grayson)
Vasco Reggiani ... hair stylist (as Vasco Regianni)
Euclide Santoli ... makeup artist
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Nate H. Edwards ... production manager (as Nate Edwards)
Shlomo Mugrabi ... unit production manager: Israel (as Shlomo Mograbi)
Patrick J. Palmer ... unit manager
Allen K. Wood ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jack N. Reddish ... assistant director (as Jack Reddish) / second unit director (as Jack Reddish)
Charles R. Scott Jr. ... assistant director (as Charles Scott Jr.)
Tim Zinnemann ... assistant director

Art Department

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Joe LaBella ... property master (as Joseph La Bella)
Danny Perlman ... assistant property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David Bowen ... sound
Chuck Overhulser ... sound editor
Clem Portman ... sound re-recordist
Marvin Walowitz ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
James D. Young ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Sass Bedig ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Joseph Nathanson ... matte artist (as Joseph Natanson)

Stunts

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Ken Buckle ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Scammell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Marko Ya'acobi ... camera operator: second unit (as Marco Yakovlevich)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca ... wardrobe supervisor

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor
Jack Hayes ... orchestrator
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator

Other crew

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Avraham Leibman ... mechanic
Guy Luongo ... production coordinator: Italy
Marion Mertes ... script supervisor
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Outnumbered - unarmed - unprepared - they stunned the world with their incredible victory! See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'ombre d'un géant (France)
  • Der Schatten des Giganten (Germany)
  • La sombra de un gigante (Spain)
  • Evasive Peace (Australia)
  • Proiectează o umbră uriaşă (Romania)
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Runtime
  • 146 min
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Trivia During filming in August 1965 John Wayne enraged director Melville Shavelson with his views on the Watts Riots. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Next Year in Jerusalem See more »
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 »
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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