Exodus

Exodus

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Director: Otto Preminger

Cast: Otto Preminger, Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson

     
 

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Based on the compelling Leon Uris novel of the same name, Exodus is a fairly faithful adaptation of the birth of the new Jewish nation after the war. It's a shame that MGM didn't spend a little more time on this Paul Newman classic. It includes the original theatrical trailer, is released in widescreen only, and English surround sound and English, French and

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Based on the compelling Leon Uris novel of the same name, Exodus is a fairly faithful adaptation of the birth of the new Jewish nation after the war. It's a shame that MGM didn't spend a little more time on this Paul Newman classic. It includes the original theatrical trailer, is released in widescreen only, and English surround sound and English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In its attempt to expose the marrow of the novel on which it is based, this film fails to penetrate the surface of its characters and the complexity of events motivating them. Jerking helter-skelter from one character to the next, or from one situation to the next, it tries to capture too much of the plot of the Leon Uris book and ends up with a bramble of episodes and flimsy character development. The acting is generally strong, however. Sal Mineo, in particular, is superb as 15-year-old Dov Landau, a fiery Jewish patriot and Auschwitz survivor who joins a group of extremist freedom fighters. Lee J. Cobb (portraying political conservative Barak Ben Canaan) and Jill Haworth (portraying Landau's girlfriend, Karen) also play their roles adeptly. Although Paul Newman performs well enough as Jewish leader Ari Ben Canaan (Barak's son), his physical attributes -- notably the blue eyes and light hair -- rob him of a small measure of credibility. Other important aspects of the film -- including the cinematography, the action sequences, and the Oscar-winning music -- are well worth the cost of renting the video and investing the three-and-a-half hours required to watch it. As a history lesson, Exodus comes up a little short in its occasional deviation from factual accounts about the birth of Israel, although it still presents enough of the real story to educate viewers about the basic facts.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/15/2002
UPC:
0027616880154
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
3:28:00
Sales rank:
546

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Ari Ben Canaan
Eva Marie Saint Kitty Fremont
Ralph Richardson Gen. Sutherland
Peter Lawford Maj. Caldwell
Lee J. Cobb Barak Ben Canaan
Sal Mineo Dov Landau
John Derek Taha
Hugh Griffith Mandria
Gregory Ratoff Lakavitch
Felix Aylmer Dr. Lieberman
David Opatoshu Akiva Ben-Canaan
Jill Haworth Karen
Marius Goring Von Storch
Michael Wager David
Martin Benson Mordekai
Paul Stevens Reuben
Betty Walker Sarah
Martin Miller Dr. Odenheim
Victor Maddern Sergeant
George Maharis Yaov
John Crawford Hank
SAmuel Segal Proprietor
Dahn Ben Amotz Uzi
Ralph Truman Colonel
Peter Madden Dr. Clement
Joseph Furst Avidan
Paul Stassino Driver
Zipora Peled Mrs. Frankel
Philo Hauser Novak
Alexandra Stewart Jordana
Michael Wynne Man

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director,Producer
Hope Bryce Costumes/Costume Designer
John Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Day Camera Operator
Richard Day Art Director
Rudi Gernreich Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Gold Score Composer
Bill Hutchinson Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
George Lane Makeup
Red Law Sound/Sound Designer
Sam Leavitt Cinematographer
Louis Loeffler Editor
Cliff John Richardson Special Effects
Win Ryder Special Effects
Dario Simoni Set Decoration/Design
Margo Slater Costumes/Costume Designer
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
May Walding Costumes/Costume Designer
Leon Uris Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [2:24]
2. An American in Cyprus [12:34]
3. Intensive Care [6:22]
4. "He Thinks He's Moses" [6:43]
5. Planning to Leave [6:31]
6. Military Intelligence [8:38]
7. "Attention, Olympia!" [11:49]
8. Hunger for Publicity [15:12]
9. Budding Zionists [12:24]
10. Salaam and Shalom [5:29]
11. Pledge of Loyalty [12:40]
12. Skipping Dessert [4:44]
13. Tea and Terrorism [6:36]
14. The Land of Canaan [4:08]
15. Jewish Family Values [8:48]
16. Father/The Bombing [10:48]
17. Akiva's Sentence [6:59]
18. Preparing the Break [8:33]
19. Prison Exodus [12:25]
20. State of Emergency [8:08]
21. "The Free State of Israel" [6:41]
22. Threat of War [7:58]
23. Youth of a Nation [10:44]
24. Sharing the Land [10:00]

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Exodus 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exodus... A wonderful tale of the Jewish quest to find a home to call their own. It is a story of friendship and courage, of bravery and foolishness that shall claim the hearts of all who view it. It sticks to true facts that actually happened during the time period it is placed in, and has earned its place in a hall of glory, to my eyes. A truly magnificent work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 57 years old and an avid old movie watcher...I really enjoyed this film and I can't believe that I've never heard of this film before. As a very small but vital part of jewish history it really brought their struggles to life. Especially since this was produced before the 1967 war. Given today, that 66 years after this portrayal of 1948 history, they are still in mortal conflict over the lands, fighting and losing their lives. Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint played great dramatic roles and I would recommend this film to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Exodus" was a big movie in 1960. Directed by ingenious showman Otto Preminger, who never failed to drum up interest in whatever project he was associated with (along with the inevitable controversy and those striking Saul Bass titles and poster designs), the movie had all the trappings of a typical roadshow attraction: a huge production presented in glorious 70 mm telling a story of great historical and topical interest featuring an impressive roster of A-List actors. The movie was laden with prestige values and had "greatness" written all over it though in fact it was a ponderous production that boasted some stunning action sequences and a standout performance by Sal Mineo.It even managed to garner a few Oscar nods and deservedly won for Ernest Gold's now classic music score. However, anything worth remembering about the movie is lost in the terrible MGM DVD transfer that renders the Oscar nominated cinematography as virtually unwatchable. The image is overly soft, even blurry and I found the film impossible to sit through after about 15 minutes. "Exodus" deserves far better treatment than this. MGM Video needs to correct this problem and offer viewers a decent transfer.