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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

Entebbe (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 16 March 2018 (USA)
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Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

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José Padilha

Writer:

Gregory Burke (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Batsheva Dance Company Batsheva Dance Company ... Dance Performers
Zina Zinchenko ... Sarah
Ben Schnetzer ... Zeev Hirsch
Daniel Brühl ... Wilfried Böse
Amir Khoury Amir Khoury ... Ali Al-Maati
Ala Dakka ... Haled Al Halili
Rosamund Pike ... Brigitte Kuhlmann
Paloma Coquant Paloma Coquant ... Ann Franking
Trudy Weiss ... Dora Bloch
Danny Scheinmann ... Ilan Hartuv
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Captain Michel Bacos
Denis Ménochet ... Jacques Lemoine
Gal Pertsiger Gal Pertsiger ... Pasco Cohen
Saffron Scheinmann Saffron Scheinmann ... Talia Levy
Michal Shtamler Michal Shtamler ... Hanna Cohen (as Michal Shtamler Yanai)
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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.

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1976. A Flight From Israel To Paris Was Hijacked. What Happened Next Changed The Course Of History. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France | Malta

Language:

English | German | French | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

7 Days in Entebbe See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,592,645, 18 March 2018

Gross USA:

$3,326,885

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,685,101
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

It's not mentioned nor shown in the movie, but the Israelis destroyed several Ugandan MiGs on the ground of Entebbe airport, to keep the aircraft from being used against them, and as part of an agreement with the Kenyan government in exchange for allowing the raid aircraft to refuel in Kenya. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, the female German Baader Meinhof member is presented as relatively normal. Passengers have said she was extremely cruel, and shot specific people she disliked when the Israelis stormed the terminal. See more »

Quotes

[From trailer]
Shimon Peres: Whatever happens, we did the right thing.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) See more »

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Stabat Mater. RV621: 7. Eja Mater
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by James Bowman, Christopher Hogwood and The Academy of Ancient Music
Courtesy of The Decca Music Group Ltd.
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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Not always accurate, but a powerfully told story of a notorious hijacking.
13 March 2018 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

If you want to feel the tension between Israel and Palestine in an old context, 1976, but a contemporary resonance, then see 7 Days in Entebbe, a well-told fictionalized docudrama about the hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv to Paris by The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and Germans sympathetic to the cause. Director Jose Padilla puts you realistically in the crowded Ugandan terminal and on the tarmac with pirates and soldiers and a crazed Idi Amin (Nonso Anozle) for grim color.

Although this story is a combination of history and fiction, the sense is that writer Gregory Burke got it right. Join Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Lior Ashkenazi) as he spars with defense minister Shimon Peres (Eddie Marsan) about the right strategy for saving the hostages. The film does well translating the agonizing decisions, against a backdrop of limited time and a time-honored Israeli tradition not to negotiate with terrorists. Never is it easy, and the decision will be fraught with contradictions.

The rescue by the commandoes in the Israeli Defense Force is told here with chilling clarity that defines the brave troops saving more than a hundred civilians. As the director cuts between the Israeli war room and the hostage situation, he lets us witness the tension between lead hijackers: sympathetic German, Boni (Daniel Bruhl); and hardcore revolutionary Brigitte (Rosamund Pike).

Although in real life their arc may not have moved so easily to resisting killing hostages, here the film nudges them into humanism without letting the audience forget they are still revolutionaries and the circumstances toxic. 7 Days in Entebbe is a way of experiencing terrorism and territoriality up close and personal.


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