Raid on Entebbe

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Overview

Raid on Entebbe constitutes one of two all-star made-for-TV reenactments of the Entebbe rescue of July 4, 1976. On June 27, 1976, a jet carrying an international mix of passengers is hijacked by pro-Palestinian revolutionaries. The plane lands in Entebbe, Uganda, where President-for-life Idi Amin Yaphet Kotto struts about feigning concern, though his sympathy toward the hijackers is obvious. Many of the passengers are released, but 103 Israelis are kept in custody, and it becomes apparent that the revolutionaries...
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Overview

Raid on Entebbe constitutes one of two all-star made-for-TV reenactments of the Entebbe rescue of July 4, 1976. On June 27, 1976, a jet carrying an international mix of passengers is hijacked by pro-Palestinian revolutionaries. The plane lands in Entebbe, Uganda, where President-for-life Idi Amin Yaphet Kotto struts about feigning concern, though his sympathy toward the hijackers is obvious. Many of the passengers are released, but 103 Israelis are kept in custody, and it becomes apparent that the revolutionaries plan to use these unfortunates as a bargaining chip for the release of imprisoned terrorists throughout the world. With virtually no other option, the Israeli government gives the go-ahead for Operation Thunderbolt, a commando raid on the Entebbe airport. The cast includes Charles Bronson as General Shomron, Jack Warden as Mordecai Gur, Sylvia Sidney as ill-fated passenger Dora Bloch, and, as Prime Minister Rabin, Peter Finch, whose performance his last won him an Emmy nomination. Raid on Entebbe first aired on January 9, 1977.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Less than a year after the successful Israeli rescue of hostages at Entebbe, Uganda, this production portrayed the July 4, 1976, event with such convincing realism that it earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Drama. Director Irvin Kershner paces the film brilliantly, switching scenes often after Palestinian and German terrorists hijack a French plane with Israeli passengers to Uganda and demand the release of imprisoned Palestinians and members of the German Baader-Meinhof terrorist gang. One moment Uganda's president Idi Amin Dada taunts the Israeli hostages at Entebbe; another moment, the Israeli cabinet in Jerusalem debates strategy. Eventually, the camera rides along with airborne Israeli commandos on a rescue mission dubbed Operation Thunderbolt. Yaphet Kotto is superb as Amin, a strutting tyrant who sympathizes with the hijackers. Kotto's performance reveals the true character of Amin: shrewd, unpredictable, sadistic. Peter Finch is solid as Yitzhak Rabin, the native-born Israeli prime minister and outstanding military strategist who ultimately orders the Entebbe raid. Other cast members also perform with distinction, including Martin Balsam as a hostage who dares to speak up; Sylvia Sidney as a sick passenger who ends up in a hospital, then disappears; and Charles Bronson as the general who leads the commandos to victory. Of the three films made about the Entebbe raid -- the other two are Victory at Entebbe and Operation Thunderbolt -- this one is arguably the best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • UPC: 018619112649
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Televista
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Finch Yitzhak Rabin
Charles Bronson Brigadier General Dan Shomron
Horst Buchholz Wilfred Boese
Martin Balsam Daniel Cooper
John Saxon Gen. Benny Peled
Jack Warden Gen. Mordechai Gur
Tige Andrews Shimon Peres
Eddie Constantine Capt. Michel Bacos
Yaphet Kotto Idi Amin
Robert Loggia Yigal Allon
Stephen Macht Lt Col. "Yonni" Netanyahu
David Opatoshu Menachem Begin
Sylvia Sidney Dora Bloch
James Woods Capt. Sammy Berg
Allan Arbus Eli Meinick
Rene Assa Terrorist #38
Barbara Allyne Bennet Relative #1
Anna Berger Mrs. Berg
Peter Brocco Mr. Scharf
Stanley Brock Israel Gallill
Alex Colon Terrorist #15
Mariclare Costello Gabrielle Krieger
Larry Gelman Mr. Berg
Lou Gilbert Chaim Bar-Lev
Dov Gottesfeld Meteorologist
Hanna Hertelendy Mrs. Gordon
Aharon Ipalé Maj. David Grut
Warren Kemmerling Gad Yaakobi
Harvey Lembeck Mr. Harvey
Dinah Manoff Rachel Sager
George Petrie Chaim Zadok
Louis Quinn Delegation member
Kim Richards Alice
Tom Rosqui Amos Eran
Billy Sands Mr. Goldbaum
Steve Shaw Jonathan Sager
Pearl Shear Mrs. Loeb
Millie Slavin Mrs. Sager
Martin Speer Delegation member
Technical Credits
Irvin Kershner Director
Barry Beckerman Screenwriter
Daniel H. Blatt Producer
Bill Butler Cinematographer
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
David Shire Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Raid on Entebbe
1. Opening Credits [3:40]
2. Terrorists [17:14]
3. Uganda [16:46]
4. Segregation [12:45]
5. Good News [11:37]
6. Plans [9:12]
7. Rehearsal [9:41]
8. Go? [8:19]
9. Go! [10:06]
10. Infiltration [10:27]
11. Evacuation [9:02]
12. Closing Credits [1:47]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Raid on Entebbe
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      Peter Finch
      Martin Balsam
      Horst Buchholz
      John Saxon
      Sylvia Sidney
      Jack Warden
      Yaphet Kotto
      Charles Bronson
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    I just watched this moive yesterday and it is amazing. I was in

    I just watched this moive yesterday and it is amazing. I was in awe of Israel and the love she has for her people. I doubt many countries would fly into a hostile country to save a hundred of their own people. The intelligence that went into planning the rescue operation blew me away. The best part is the movie is based on a true story.

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