Operation Thunderbolt


This thrill-packed fact-based action-adventure from Israel chronicles the daring rescue of 104 passengers from a hijacked plane in Entebbe, Uganda, on July 4, 1976. The film is also known as Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt.
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This thrill-packed fact-based action-adventure from Israel chronicles the daring rescue of 104 passengers from a hijacked plane in Entebbe, Uganda, on July 4, 1976. The film is also known as Entebbe: Operation Thunderbolt.
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Editorial Reviews

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The story of the Israeli raid on an Entebbe airport to save hijacked passengers was one of the most thrilling news stories of the 1970's. Unfortunately, Operation Thunderbolt never quite manages to capture the full gravity of the situation. A big part of the problem is that the film confuses breadth with depth. The script concentrates on a straight reporting of the story with a minimum of dramatic embellishments and director Menahem Golan focuses on building a quick pace and realistic detail (for instance, real footage of Israeli political meetings is used and Yitzhak Rabin himself makes a few appearances). The end result looks impressive and makes a lot of the right moves but lacks emotional depth. As a result of the tight pacing in both script and direction, characterizations are thin because they have so little time to be realized and dramatic beats are glossed over in the rush to get to the next thing. A related problem is the performances, which often come off as flat due to time constraints and an overabundance of speaking roles: even an old pro like Klaus Kinski fails to make much of an impression here because he simply isn't given the time to do so. Unfortunately, the one performance that makes an impression is the film's worst one: Mark Heath offers up what might be the worst impression of Idi Amin ever committed to celluloid. Another flaw is Golan's direction, which comes off as rather crude. He relies on b-movie visual devices like quick zooms and often panders to cheap sentimentality, both moves undercutting the film's attempts aat realism. As a result, Operation Thunderbolt ends up feeling like little more than a very ambitious b-movie: it's suitably entertaining while the viewer is watching it but it lacks the substance to really stick in the memory afterwards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2003
  • UPC: 737138039229
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Source: Sisu Home Ent.
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,064

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yehoram Gaon Jonathan
Ori Levy Air Force Commander
Arik Lavi Dan Shomron
Klaus Kinski Boese
Sybil Danning Halima
Oded Teomi Dan Zamir
Hi Kelos American Reporter
Gila Almagor Nurit Aviv
Rachel Marcus Devora Bloom
Reuben Bar Yotam Ben David
Shoshik Shani Alma Raviv
Shai Ophir Gadi Arnon
Shlomo Vishinsky Moshe Bloom
Shmuel Rodensky Family Representative
Ben Yosef Prof. Tal
Henri Czarniak Pilot
Assi Dayan Shuki
Mark Heath Idi Amin Dada
Technical Credits
Menahem Golan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Adam Greenberg Cinematographer
Yoram Globus Producer
Dov Hoenig Editor
Clarke Reynolds Screenwriter
Kuli Sander Art Director
Dov Seltzer Score Composer
Rochelle Zaltzman Costumes/Costume Designer
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