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The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 10 November 1996
The story of the 1960 hostile extraction of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by the Mossad to Israeli justice.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Peter Z. Malkin (book), Harry Stein (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Adolf Eichmann
Arliss Howard ... Peter Malkin
Jeffrey Tambor ... Isser Harel
Jack Laufer ... Uzi
Nicolas Surovy ... Hans
Joel Brooks ... Meir
Michael Laskin ... Dr. Klein
Sam Robards ... David
Michael Tucci ... Danny
Rusty Schwimmer ... Rosa
Rita Zohar ... Peter's mother
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Jean Pierre Reguerraz ... Laszlo Ungari
Celina Font ... Angela Ungari
Erika Wallner ... Catalina Klement
Kevin Schiele Kevin Schiele ... Nicolas Klement
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Storyline

In 1960, the Israeli Secret Service learns that former SS-Lietuenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann, who was one of the key figures in the Jewish holocaust of World War II, is living under the assumed name Ricardo Clement in Argentina. The film thus explores the Isreali effort to capture Eichmann, as seen from the perspective of the leading agent of the project, as well as giving focus to Eichmann's own explanations as to the crimes he commited. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

His Crimes Shamed a Nation. His Capture Stunned the World.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jeffrey Tambor, who is 6'1" tall, portrays Israeli Mossad chief Isser Harel, who, in real-life, was only five feet tall. See more »

Goofs

In real life, the aircraft used to take Eichmann to Israel was a Bristol Britannia. However, these turboprop machines had very short working lives due to the popularity of jets and thus none were available for the film. As a result a Boeing 707 jetliner was used instead in the film. Worse, it appears to be a JT3D-engined Intercontinental (a -320B or -320C) even though the -320B did not first fly until 1962 and the -320C was not introduced until 1964. See more »

Connections

Version of Operation Eichmann (1961) See more »

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An important event in our history chronicled.
17 April 1999 | by Doctor_BombaySee all my reviews

Any time you get the opportunity to see Robert Duvall work, you should take it. When the pot is sweetened by the chance to learn a little (or a lot) about an important historical event, then it's a no-brainer.

A far more carefully crafted story line distinguishes this film from the 1961 'Operation Eichmann'. The source of this film is the book, "Eichmann in my Hands", by Massad agent Peter Malkin, the primary Israeli Agent involved in Eichmann's capture in Buenos Aires.

The film is presented pretty much from the point-of-view of Malkin, played superbly by Arliss Howard, an actor who's career to date is papered with non-distinguishable work in non-descript films. His portrayal here is right on target. There is a nice turn as well by Jeffrey Tambor, a wonderful comedic actor, here cast completely against type in a serious role.

Much is the time when TV has been dismissed as a learning medium. Thankfully, made for TV movies like 'The Man Who Captured Eichmann" go far to dismiss that notion.


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Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish | Hebrew

Release Date:

10 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ember, aki elfogta Eichmannt See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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