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