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|Runtime||3 hours and 28 minutes|
Inspired by Leon Uris' international bestseller, this "extraordinarily moving" (The New Republic) chronicle of the rebirth of a people and the establishment of a nation is the ultimate experience in human drama. Nominated* for three Academy Awards® and winner* for Best Score, Exodus is an "exciting, dramatic, scenic, panoramic and deeply moving" (New York Daily News) masterpiece. Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a commander of the Israeli underground, manages to lead 600 Jews from the detention camps of Cyprus onto a large freighter bound for Palestine. But British forces soon learn of his plan and insist that he turn back. Undaunted, Ari and his passengers refuse to give up, risking their lives for the greater cause of Israeli independence.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 67.19 Grams
- Item Model Number : 2222055
- Media Format : Color, Dolby, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Dubbed, Widescreen, Letterboxed, Closed-captioned
- Run time : 3 hours and 28 minutes
- Release date : 31 January 2006
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Mgm (Video & DVD)
- ASIN : B00006FDAU
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 21,074 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Based on the novel by Leon Uris, written by Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, Papillon, Spartacus) and directed by Otto Preminger (Anatomy of a Murder, Laura, In Harm's Way, The Man with the Golden Arm), an interesting and entertaining drama.
Not really a docudrama on the formation of Israel, as the focus is too narrow. Through focusing on Ari Ben Canaan, a fictitious character (though largely based on an historic figure, Yossi Harel), we get a micro level, localised view of the events, rather than the bigger picture. This left me a bit disappointed, initially, as I was hoping for something more edifying. However, the story that Uris, Trumbo and Preminger tell is a very interesting and entertaining one and it does have overlaps with the historic events.
In addition, the bigger picture unfolds through conversations and news items, so we are not left totally in the dark on that count.
On the downside, the movie could do with some editing. At 3½ hours it is a massive test of endurance and could easily have been trimmed to something like 2½ hours. The start is very slow and it only really takes off after about 1½-2 hours. The relationship drama stuff wasn't necessary at all and there are some scenes that just waste time.
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The aftermath of the hollocaust fresh in their minds, they persevere, making more sacrifices along the way.
Seen from two main perspectives: the Jewish underground fighting force against British empirical mandate and the settlement Kabutz housing the young generations to build the land that their forefathers had once been a part of.
From the perspective of storytelling and film production:
This film isn't bad, but not brilliant.
Made in the late 50's in Israel and released in 1960 it still remains fresh and innocent as well as ragged and weiry from the many millennium of enduring exiles, persecutions and executions upon the Jewish people with a final exodus to their own promised land.
Even though it is well produced, the story is more of a calm meander through the lives of early settlers with buildups of national pride and political pressure being more of a backdrop.
This then makes the story, plotline and developments somewhat slow.
Unfortunate, as this film represents an important part of both Jewish and world history.
If this film were to be made again it would be better written to show more individual lives affected as well as bringing the politics into the foreground. Further the risks of the early repatriation would be highlighted even more (tragic as this film already is).
For such a famous film about such an important time in the birth of a nation, I would have expected more.
One thing that stands out most is the iconic theme music that repeats itself throughout in a number of variations.
The film itself is based on the novel by Leon Uris and is produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay is by Dalton Trumbo. While the story of Jewish settlers returning to Palestine to set up the state of Israel is, of course, historically true it's worth keeping in mind that the film is based on a work of fiction and is a Hollywood production that wants to appeal to American audiences. It's biased. Also, with a runtime of well over three hours it's very long. Even the solid perfomances of such ever delightful big screen stars as Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint, ably supported by the likes of Hugh Griffith, Ralph Richardson and many mnore, could not keep my mind from wandering after the first hour. Despite all efforts of filmmakers and actors, this film does not quite live up to the book it's based on. Still, if you like the stars or have an interest in the subject matter you could do far worse on a long slow night. I'd probably have given a four star rating if it wasn't for the less than ideal technical details of the DVD.
For a film that was made in 1960 it has worn the years well and given the running times of some modern films no longer seems as Long as I remember. Set in Cyprus and Palestine the film covers the "escape" of Jews from Cyprus to Palestine aboard the Exodus and the partition of Palestine to create separate states Palestine and Israel.
The screenplay both Exodus and Spartacus were by Dalton Trumbo and these films are credited with bringing down the blacklisting of screenwriters in the US film industry.(if you want to know more watch the film Trumbo )
Considering it was made in 1960 it's a film still worth watching today.
4/5/20 after I placed the above the company contacted me immediately and offered money back or a replacement. I wanted a replacement because the film is good. I was very impressed and thankful.
HOW CAN IT FAIL JUST WONDERFUL