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Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | TV Movie 9 January 1977
True story of a daring Israeli commando assault on the Entebbe Airport in Uganda to free hostages of a terrorist hijacking.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writer:

Barry Beckerman
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Finch ... Yitzhak Rabin
Charles Bronson ... Brig. Gen. Dan Shomron
Yaphet Kotto ... President Idi Amin Jr.
Martin Balsam ... Daniel Cooper
Horst Buchholz ... Wilfred Boese (as Horst Bucholz)
John Saxon ... Gen. Benny Peled
Jack Warden ... Gen. Mordecai Gur
Sylvia Sidney ... Dora Bloch
Robert Loggia ... Yigal Allon
Tige Andrews ... Shimon Peres
Eddie Constantine ... Capt. Becaud
David Opatoshu ... Menachem Begin
Allan Arbus ... Eli Melnick
Stephen Macht ... Lt. Col. 'Yonni' Netanyahu
James Woods ... Capt. Sammy Berg
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Storyline

Based on a true military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the P.F.L.P. The plane has about one hundred Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. This movie then shows how less than five hundred soldiers actually flew so far and rescued the passengers in one of the most successful military operations in history. The only casualty for Israeli soldiers was Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan "Yonni" Netanyahu. Written by Nikhil Deo <nikhil_deo@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Hebrew

Release Date:

9 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Raid on Entebbe See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As most of this movie was shot at Stockton Airport, California, it's obvious that the production had the assistance of the California National Guard that has a facility there. The C-130s are all National Guard aircraft, their camouflage being different from that of Israel. All of the vehicles were of National Guard origin: the Ford M151A1 "Mutts" (not Jeeps - front grille slots are horizontal, not vertical) were then in use in active military and National Guard. In this movie, the Israelis and Ugandans were driving them. When the Ugandan reinforcements arrive, they're driving 2.5 and 5 ton trucks that would only be found in the current U.S. military, Uganda would have most likely had old hand-me-down U.K. equipment (the vehicles seem to have modern "singles" on the front and on the rear, instead of the military tread "dualies" on the rear axles.) See more »

Goofs

Air France's two-letter airline code is AF, not AR as shown on the flight information screen in Paris. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Dan Shomron: There's a small army on the move and they are still debating!
Brig. Gen. Dan Shomron: It's crazy!
Lt. Col. Yonatan 'Yoni' Netanyahu: It's democracy.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut by ca. 20 minutes to shorten running time. Only in 2013 the uncut version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

Edited into Operation Thunderbolt: Entebbe (2000) See more »

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Excellent and true to history
18 September 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

A film that is historically accurate, Raid on Entebbe is engrossing and exciting to watch. The actual raid on Entebbe was itself a very daring rescue, and it translates extremely well to film. Even though you know the outcome in advance, you will find yourself wanting to stay with the film until the end. The actors are all excellent, and the sets extremely realistic. Yaphet Kotto gives a great performance as Idi Amin, portraying the Ugandan president as mix of grandstander, egomaniac, and thinly disguised madman; the movie is worth watching for Kotto's performance alone. While made almost 25 years ago, Raid on Entebbe remains an exciting film that has aged well and is still very enjoyable to watch.


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