Victory at Entebbe

Victory at Entebbe

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky Cast: David Groh, Jessica Walter, David Warner


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Victory at Entebbe

Within months after the spectacular July 4, 1976 rescue of hostages from Uganda's Entebbe airport, there were two competing TV movies on the subject. The longest (and least) of the two was Victory at Entebbe, hurriedly shot on videotape. The story begins when Arab terrorist capture a civilian airliner and force a landing at Entebbe. Ugandan president Idi Amin (Julius Harris, substituting for recently deceased Godfrey Cambridge), struts about at the airport, insisting that he can do nothing--but apparently siding with the terrorists, especially when the Arabs begin separating and mistreating the Jewish passengers. A surprise Israeli commando raid masterminded by defense minister Shimon Peres (Burt Lancaster, who more than compensates for his miscasting with an excellent performance) rescues most of the hostages, though at least one of the passengers (played by Helen Hayes with a Jewish accent that wouldn't convince a duck) is apparently killed out of retribution while en route to hospital. The teleplay's bad dialogue, and the producers' Airport-like decision to use only big stars in the major roles (Richard Dreyfuss, Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas et. al.) tends to trivialize one of the most auspicious acts of selfless heroism of the 1970s. A far better dramatization of the incident, Raid on Entebbe, was telecast a few months later.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2012
UPC: 0883316629123
Original Release: 1976
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:26:00
Sales rank: 16,988

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Groh Actor
Jessica Walter Actor
David Warner Actor
Harris Yulin Actor
Helmut Berger German Hijacker
Kirk Douglas Hershel Vilnovsky
Richard Dreyfuss Col. Netanyahu
Julius Harris Idi Amin
Helen Hayes Mrs. Wise
Burt Lancaster Shimon Peres
Elizabeth Taylor Edra Vilnovsky
Bibi Besch Actor
Theodore Bikel Yakov
Linda Blair Chana Vilnofsky
Severn Darden Actor
Samantha Harper Actor
Anthony Hopkins Rabin

Technical Credits
Marvin J. Chomsky Director
Charles Fox Score Composer
Robert Guenette Producer
Jim Kilgore Cinematographer
Ernest Kinoy Screenwriter
Julian Ludwig Associate Producer

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