Cast a Giant Shadow

Cast a Giant Shadow

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Director: Melville Shavelson

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger, Angie Dickinson

     
 

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Cast a Giant Shadow is a big-budget, glossy action/adventure story set at the time that Israel became a nation. American Army officer Colonel David Marcus is recruited by the yet-to-exist Israel to help form an army. Marcus is conflicted because of his sudden appreciation for his Jewish heritage. Realizing that each of Israel's Arab nations has vowed to invade

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Cast a Giant Shadow is a big-budget, glossy action/adventure story set at the time that Israel became a nation. American Army officer Colonel David Marcus is recruited by the yet-to-exist Israel to help form an army. Marcus is conflicted because of his sudden appreciation for his Jewish heritage. Realizing that each of Israel's Arab nations has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country once the partition has been made, Marcus is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. The all-star cast includes Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger and Angie Dickinson. Aldo Tonti provides the beautiful photography by Aldo Tonti, and Melville Shavelson directs.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Cast a Giant Shadow wants to be another Exodus, but it falls far short. Shadow seems to be one of those projects that everyone joined onto because they felt the subject matter itself was worthy; they seemed to forget that the way in which a story is told is every bit as important (if not more so) than the story itself. And Shadow is told in the most formulaic manner possible. Taking the real life exploits of an important military leader, Shadow either runs the story through the Hollywood grinder or reduces it to such bare essentials that it comes across as hackneyed and unbelievable. Certainly, the romantic subplot that is introduced (and which comes to be far too dominant) adds nothing to the dramatic interest of the film, being told in a way that smacks of the cinema rather than true life. And the characters, especially the lead, have been drained of depth so that they too often come across as cardboard rather than flesh and blood. (The seltzer-bombing scene with Frank Sinatra, whatever its roots in reality may or may not be, is an unforgivable low point.) The cast certainly tries hard, especially Kirk Douglas as Marcus. Douglas knows that he is the glue that has to hold the picture together, and he fulfills that purpose admirably, but he can't breathe life into the shell that he has been given. John Wayne is John Wayne, Yul Brynner is fine, and Topol, if over the top, at least adds some zest. Melville Shavelson's direction is better than his screenplay, but the only truly good thing about Shadow is Aldo Tonti's gorgeous cinematography.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2014
UPC:
0738329136123
Original Release:
1966
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kl Studio Classics
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
10,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Col. David Mickey Marcus
Senta Berger Magda Simon
Angie Dickinson Emma Marcus
Frank Sinatra Vince
Yul Brynner Asher Gonen
John Wayne Gen. Mike Randolph
James Donald Major Safir
Stathis Giallelis Ram Oren
Luther Adler Jacob Zion
Gary Merrill Pentagon Chief of Staff
Topol Abou Ibn Kader
Ruth White Mrs. Chaison
Gordon Jackson James McAfee
Michael Hordern British ambassador
Allan Cuthbertson British Immigration Officer
Jeremy Kemp British Immigration Senior Official
Sean Barrett British Immigration Junior Official
Michael Shillo Andre Simon
Rina Ganor Rona
Robert Gardett Gen. Walsh
Ken Buckle UN Officer
Rodd Dana Aide to Gen. Randolph
Robert C. Ross Aide to Chief of Staff
Arthur Hansel Officer
Dan Sturkle Parachute Jump Sergeant
Frank Latimore U.N. officer

Technical Credits
Melville Shavelson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Bert Bates Editor
Sass Bedig Special Effects
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Arrigo Equini Art Director
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Michael Stringer Production Designer
Aldo Tonti Cinematographer
Michael Wayne Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cast A Giant Shadow
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [22:24]
3. Chapter 3 [15:03]
4. Chapter 4 [25:02]
5. Chapter 5 [16:59]
6. Chapter 6 [9:42]
7. Chapter 7 [20:08]
8. Chapter 8 [11:10]
9. Chapter 9 [17:44]

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Cast a Giant Shadow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is based on the birth of the state of Israel and particularly how the life of an American soldier aided in the struggle for independence. Kirk Douglas is inspiring as Colonel Mickey Marcus, whose skills and military background serving in the US Army during World War II became a backdrop for the guidance that helped unite the Jewish military factions and the government of Israel under then Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. Douglas commented at an Academy Awards banquet that he was very proud of this movie, as well he should be. Linda Rasmussen from All Movie Guide states that there are historical inaccuracies and biases here, but does not become any more specific, and therefore is not convincing as a critic either. Perhaps she requires a lesson on Middle East history before she attempts to distort a film with such power. I wonder what she would say about ''Raid on Entebbe'' the 1977 film starring Charles Bronson and whether there are any historical inaccuracies there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hollywood's version of any event is going to be dramatized and this movie is no exception. It was also made during a period where war was considered glorious, so of course, it is a little camp and outdated. The basic historical facts, however, are quite accurate. The one inaccuracy that has always bothered me about this movie is the addition of an Isreali girlfriend; I suppose they thought it would spice things up a bit. While I never had an opportunity to meet the man, I did know his widow and his brother, who was my grandfather's first cousin. The family always considered the movie, and the book, to be a fairly accurate in their portrayal of Micky as well as historically.