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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.... See more »

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Col. Yonatan Netanyahu
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Nurit Aviv
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Shuki (as Assaf Dayan)
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Wilfried Boese
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Halima
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Gen. Dan Shomron
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Family Representative
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Gadi Arnon (as Shai K. Ophir)
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Avraham Ben-David
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Gavriel, a passnger (as Gaby Amrani)
Mark Heath ...
Idi Amin Dada
Henri Czarniak ...
Michel Bacos
Rolf Eden ...
Air France Co-Pilot
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Alma Raviv (as Shoshana Shani)
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Dan Zamir
Shimon Bar ...
German Doctor
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Air Force Commander Mordechai Gur
Rachel Marcus ...
Dora Bloch
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Yitzhik Bernstein
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Ya'ackov Raviv
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Moshe Bloch
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Naomi Tal (as Mona Zilberstein)
Rami Weicher ...
Security Officer, Tel Aviv
Jeremy Kaplan ...
Ephraim Raviv
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Dalia
Esther Zewko ...
Miriam Devon (as Esther Zevko)
Kochava Harari ...
Victoria Zadok
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Ida Borovitz
Jerome Konig ...
Ralph Thompson (as Jerry Konig)
Avraham Ben-Yosef ...
Prof. Avner Tal
Hi Kelos ...
American Reporter (as Hy Kelos)
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Family Representative Wife
Abraham Ronai ...
Mr. Borovitz
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Ze'ev (as Asher Sapfati)
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Grossman, the lawyer (as Nathan Cogan)
Gad Keiner ...
Rogman, German Reporter
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Freda Ben-David (as Devora Kedar)
Moti Baharav ...
Meir
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Entebbe Air Traffic Controler (as Arie Moskona)
Yitzhak Ne'eman ...
Jabbar
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Halil
Shalom Kenan ...
Avraham Ben-David
Yossi Keinan ...
Menahem Ben-David (as Yossi Kenan)
Ofer Lehavi ...
Communicator (as Ofer Lehav)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yigal Alon ...
Self (uncredited)
Yitzhak Aloni ...
Mustafa (uncredited)
David Ben-Haim ...
Gamal (uncredited)
Modi Ben-Haim ...
Jacques Lemonne (uncredited)
Heinz Bernard ...
British Hostage (uncredited)
Susan Bloch ...
Avraham Ben-David's Wife (uncredited)
Avraham Bonai ...
Ugandan Soldier (uncredited)
Uzi Cohen ...
Israel soldier dressed as Idi Amin (uncredited)
Lorenza Colville ...
Magda, the nun (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited)
Abba Eban ...
Self (uncredited)
Marvin Friedman ...
Navigator (uncredited)
Tami Gal ...
Nurse (uncredited)
Arieh Gardus ...
Kuki (uncredited)
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Released Hostage, Bengazi (uncredited)
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Hannah, Yonatan's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Rafi Ginai ...
Entebee Tower Control Operator (uncredited)
Ken Globus ...
Hercules Pilot (uncredited)
Galia Gofer ...
Francesca, Air Hostess (uncredited)
Yael Golan ...
Dinah Raviv (uncredited)
Mike Greenspan ...
English Radio Commentator (uncredited)
Naomi Grinsberg ...
Air Hostess (uncredited)
Micha Heymann ...
Israeli Soldier (uncredited)
Ariella Hida ...
French Photographer's Girlfriend (uncredited)
Reggie Hochman ...
Head of Intelligence (uncredited)
Gabi Keren ...
Rachel, Kuki's Wife (uncredited)
Zachi Koren ...
Nachzia (uncredited)
Alon Lev ...
Air Steward (uncredited)
Yigal Lichtenstein ...
Young Inteligence Man (uncredited)
Yoni Lucas ...
Air Steward (uncredited)
Ronit Makover ...
Ground Hostess (uncredited)
Elisha Nahum ...
Israeli Doctor (uncredited)
Bobby Pelta ...
Andre Moreau (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited)
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Self (uncredited)
David Ram ...
Yonish (uncredited)
Rachel Ravid ...
Chavazelet (uncredited)
Clara Rimon ...
Mrs. Thompson (uncredited)
Lois Rozenberg ...
El Arja (uncredited)
Richard Selano ...
Idi Amin's Aide (uncredited)
Avik Shalem ...
High Ranking Officer (uncredited)
Samooch Shalem ...
High Ranking Officer (uncredited)
Ezra Shalom ...
Security Officer, Athens (uncredited)
Beatrice Shimshoni ...
Theresa, Nun (uncredited)
Richard Sokolam ...
Collin Richards, American Reporter (uncredited)
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American Reporter (uncredited)
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Israeli Newspaper Reporter (uncredited)
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Rami (uncredited)
Eilan Wert ...
Israeli Doctor (uncredited)
Yehoshua White ...
Bobby (uncredited)
Shimon Yisraeli ...
Boris (uncredited)
Gabi Yonan ...
Ben Ishai (uncredited)
Bromley Zion ...
Libyan Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
Rafi Zur-Merchavia ...
Platoon Commander (uncredited)

Directed by

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Menahem Golan

Written by

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Ken Globus ... (dialogue)
 
Menahem Golan ... ()
 
Clarke Reynolds ... ()

Produced by

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Sybil Danning ... producer
Yoram Globus ... producer
Menahem Golan ... producer
Irving H. Levin ... executive producer
Roni Ya'ackov ... associate producer (as Rony Yacov)

Music by

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Dov Seltzer

Cinematography by

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Adam Greenberg

Film Editing by

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Dov Hoenig

Art Direction by

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Kuli Sander

Set Decoration by

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Alfred Gershoni

Makeup Department

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Rachel Golan ... makeup artist: second unit
Moni Monaser ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Danny Perlman ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Shlomo Albert ... assistant director
Boaz Davidson ... second unit director
Sam Firstenberg ... assistant director: second unit
Ken Globus ... second assistant director
Riki Shelach Nissimoff ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Cyril Collick ... sound
Eli Ilbar ... sound: second unit
Isaac Sehayek ... sound editor

Special Effects by

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Michael Collins ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Danny Ben Menahem ... gaffer
Yoni Hamenachem ... still photographer
Yehiel Ne'eman ... camera operator
Amnon Salomon ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rochelle Zaltzman ... costumes

Location Management

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Eitan Evan ... location manager

Additional Crew

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Zohar Bar-Am ... production coordinator
Ken Globus ... dialogue director

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. This movie is based on the true facts and follows the events since the flight's take-off and until the hostages' return to Israel. Written by Yuval Kfir

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Taglines The world watched... The world waited... And then the world cheered See more »
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Also Known As
  • Operation Thunderbolt (World-wide, English title)
  • Operation Thunderbolt (United States)
  • Operation Thunderbolt (Ireland, English title)
  • Opération Thunderbolt : L'Esprit d'Entébbé (France)
  • Operation Entebbe (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan "Yonni" Netanyahu (Yehoram Gaon) was the older brother of Benjamin Netanyahu, the future Israeli Prime Minister. See more »
Goofs Exterior shots of an actual Air France Airbus A300 are accurately used at the beginning of the movie. Once the plane lands in Benghazi and for the rest of the movie, a Boeing 707 in grossly inaccurate Air France colors is shown, supposedly depicting the same aircraft. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Operation Thunderbolt: Entebbe (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Eretz Tzvi 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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