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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.

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Marvin J. Chomsky

Writer:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

An Air France airplane is hijacked by the PLO 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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The Most Incredible True Story of Escape and Heroism See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unternehmen Entebbe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Richard Dreyfuss and Anthony Hopkins, later each played the main villains in the 'RED' film series, Dreyfuss in the 2010 film, Hopkins in the 2013 sequel. See more »

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The footage used to depict flight 139 on the ground shows a plane with the test color scheme Air France adopted only on its Airbus A300 (light blue line under the windows). All the other scenes show the older Air France colors (navy cheat-line on the windows). See more »

Quotes

[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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Under Cover Of Darkness
9 February 2002 | by virek213See all my reviews

It is not surprising that something as utterly dramatic and swift as Israel's lightning raid at Entebbe against a planeload of Palestinian hijackers holding over one hundred of their own should make for a movie. Instead, however, there were three, of which this is the first.

This made-for-TV movie, which somehow bought together an all-star cast and was shot, edited, and aired within a mere five months of the Entebbe event, which happened under cover of darkness on July 4, 1976, shows some of the faults of being shot largely in a studio and on videotape (later transferred to film). But what we get, thanks to veteran TV director Marvin Chomsky and writer Ernest Kinoy, is a rather good account of perhaps the most dramatic anti-terrorist raid the world has ever seen. Burt Lancaster and Anthony Hopkins are matchless as Israeli leaders Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres, with Richard Dreyfuss contribuing his usual best as Colonel Yonni Netanyahu, the only casualty the Israeli military suffered during the raid.

The cast also includes Kirk Douglas, Linda Blair, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Hayes, Christian Marquand (as the Air France pilot), and Harris Yulin, among others. The only performance that seems full of ham to me is Julius Harris' as the ultra-notorious Ugandan president Idi Amin; it is so over the top (though perhaps that is a bit harsh, as the real Amin was far, far worse).

This is a somewhat imperfect version of the story, but nevertheless worth the 7-out-of-10 rating it gets from me.


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