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Victory at Entebbe (1976)

In 1976, terrorists hijack an Air France airplane, and divert it to Uganda, where they demand to exchange their hostages for fellow terrorists held in Israeli jails.


Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)


Ernest Kinoy
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Wilfried Böse
Linda Blair ... Chana Vilnofsky
Kirk Douglas ... Hershel Vilnofsky
Richard Dreyfuss ... Colonel Yonatan 'Yonni' Netanyahu
Helen Hayes ... Etta Grossman-Wise
Burt Lancaster ... Shimon Peres
Elizabeth Taylor ... Edra Vilnofsky
Theodore Bikel ... Yakov Shlomo
David Groh ... Benjamin Wise
Anthony Hopkins ... Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Christian Marquand ... Captain Dukas
Jessica Walter ... Nomi Haroun
Harris Yulin ... General Dan Shomron
Allan Miller ... Nathan Haroun
Bibi Besch ... German Woman


An Air France airplane is hijacked by the P.L.O. due the large number of Israeli and Jewish passengers. We follow the action both with the hostages as they cope with confinement and threatened death, and the Israeli cabinet and military that must try to get them out. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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They considered every possibility - and then did the impossible ! See more »


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This was filmed on videotape also , and shown on U.S. television just five months after the original incident. See more »


During what is supposed to be the second take-off scene, the aircraft is rolling on the runway with its nose up, but spoilers raised, indicating that landing stock footage was used instead. See more »


[Mrs. Wise is staring at one of the terrorists]
Benjamin Wise: Mother, you have to sit around for the take-off.
Etta Grossman-Wise: He has a box.
Benjamin Wise: Who has?
Etta Grossman-Wise: It's tinned. It's between his feet. It says dates. Why would anyone travel with a box of dates? You could carry anything in that box: a gun, a bomb...
Benjamin Wise: Mother!
Etta Grossman-Wise: We should have travelled El Al.
Benjamin Wise: They were all booked.
Etta Grossman-Wise: I don't like Athens.
Benjamin Wise: I know. Very bad security in Athens.
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Alternate Versions

The 1998 VHS release from Warner brothers cuts out 60 minutes of footage. See more »


Version of Operation Thunderbolt (1977) See more »

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Not the best account of the incident but worth watching.
9 April 2002 | by yenloSee all my reviews

If one is a history buff and enjoys reading about and viewing films made about historic events then they will read and view everything they can find on the subject. This film is an account of the Israeli commando rescue of Jewish hostages who were hi-jacked in July of 1976 and flown to Idi Amins Uganda. While this film which boasted an all star cast is clearly inferior to the one which came out a year later and starred Peter Finch and Charles Bronson it still makes for good viewing. It also makes one wonder with the talented cast had more time and perhaps more money been spent on making this version it might have been the best of the lot.

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13 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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