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Mivtsa Yonatan (1977)

In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to ... See full summary »

Director:

Menahem Golan

Writers:

Ken Globus (dialogue), Menahem Golan | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yehoram Gaon ... Col. Yonatan Netanyahu
Gila Almagor ... Nurit Aviv
Assi Dayan ... Shuki (as Assaf Dayan)
Klaus Kinski ... Wilfried Boese
Sybil Danning ... Halima
Arik Lavie ... Gen. Dan Shomron
Shmuel Rodensky ... Family Representative
Shaike Ophir ... Gadi Arnon (as Shai K. Ophir)
Reuven Bar-Yotam ... Avraham Ben-David
Gabi Amrani ... Gavriel, a passnger (as Gaby Amrani)
Mark Heath Mark Heath ... Idi Amin Dada
Henri Czarniak Henri Czarniak ... Michel Bacos
Rolf Eden Rolf Eden ... Air France Co-Pilot
Shoshana Shani-Lavie ... Alma Raviv (as Shoshana Shani)
Oded Teomi ... Dan Zamir
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Storyline

In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages. The film is based on the true facts and follows the events since the flight's takeoff and until the hostages' return to Israel. Written by Yuval Kfir <yuval@valor.com>

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Taglines:

The world watched... The world waited... And then the world cheered

Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Israel

Language:

Hebrew | English | German | Arabic | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Thunderbolt See more »

Filming Locations:

Eilat, Israel See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film features original footage of prominent politicians such as Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yigal Alon, although scenes with Peres being briefed by Netanyahu's team and a hostage's father talking to Rabin feature a stand-in whose face is not seen. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft interior in this film indicated that the aircraft was a single aisle narrow body aircraft. But the real life aircraft involved in the hijacking (Airbus A300) was a twin aisle wide body aircraft. See more »

Quotes

Alma Raviv: Ephraim, what are you staring at?
Ephraim Raviv: They look like Arabs.
Alma Raviv: Oh stop it. They're tourists, just like us.
Ephraim Raviv: I don't trust them.
Alma Raviv: Stop your nonsense. Take your book out and read. Really.
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Connections

Version of Raid on Entebbe (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Eretz Tzvi
Lyrics by Telma Alyagon-Roz
Music by Dov Seltzer
Performed by Yehoram Gaon
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User Reviews

 
The best action movie ever made in Israel
30 April 2003 | by Liran LotkerSee all my reviews

Mivtza Yehonatan (or as it is better known around the world, Entebbe Operation), in which the Israeli army managed to take over the Entebbe airport in Uganda, to free all hostages of the kidnapped Air France plane and to bring (almost) everybody home in one piece, is a story told a million times over, was made into a very bad Hollywood action movie and was used as the basis for countless B-movies. This version, however, is unique. To begin with, many of the key characters of the operation (Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Rabin and Yigal Alon, all of whom played key rolls in the decision making process of this operation) were acting as themselves. Secondly, the Israeli army actively participated in the making of the movie, thus making the level of realism higher than most other action movies ever made. Third, Yoram Globus, in his break-through movie (that opened the gates of big-time Hollywood for him) proves that he can direct a good action movie, based on a great story, and coming out on top of his game.

All in all, a great movie to watch.

9 out of 10 in my book-keeping.


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