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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.

Director:

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 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 »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Victory at Entebbe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although recorded on videotape for television transmission, it was transferred to celluloid to enable a cinema release in the U.K. This was considerably shorter than the version originally shown on American television, Kirk Douglas and Dame Elizabeth Taylor appeared only briefly, as did many supporting players, most notably Theodore Bikel, Jessica Walter, and Severn Darden. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[before the Israelis are separated from the other hostages]
Benjamin Wise: Mother, you have a British passport. You stay with the others!
Etta Grossman-Wise: Don't be foolish. They have my Israeli identification card. Besides, it says: Etta Grossman-Wise. Even a German might suspect something.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Victory at Entebbe
14 August 2003 | by H_KivelSee all my reviews

While I substantially agree with the review by John Barnes, I also believe the film has one or two positive qualities which he neglected to mention. Yes, Mr. Barnes, Victory at Entebbe is a poor quality, third-rate, and hastily-prepared film. But it is NOT worthless.

It was a 1976 attempt to portray a 1976 historical event for a 1976 television audience. That alone lends it a certain historical authenticity. So many films with much higher budgets seem far less genuine simply because they attempt to portray historical events 20, 30, 40+ years after the fact.

Although I did read the book 90 Minutes at Entebbe a number of years ago, I cannot necessarily vouch for the film's complete historical accuracy. However--with the notable exception of the unruly hostages being shot by the commandos--the film appears to be an honest attempt to accurately portray the event.

Nevertheless, due to the film's poor quality, I recommend it only for those who either already have a special interest in the Entebbe raid, or would like to learn about the Entebbe raid. The film actually has more educational than entertainment value.


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