Raid on Entebbe
France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Remastered, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually flew so far and rescued the passengers in one of the most successful Military operations in history. The only casualty for Israeli soldiers was Lt. Col. Jonathan 'Yoni' Netanyahu.. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...Raid on Entebbe
- Language : English, French
- Director : Irvin Kershner
- Media Format : Import, PAL
- Run time : 145 minutes
- Actors : Charles Bronson, Martin Balsam, Horst Buchholz, John Saxon, Jack Warden
- Subtitles: : French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : CineMalta
- ASIN : B08C4ZN875
- Number of discs : 1
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Hollywood stars galore playing the names of well known Israeli Gov characters, now historically, of the day. General Amin is also well portrayed as I recall the figure.
The camera work is a bit shaky and less accurate than we are used to, but it is a raw story and one can see the effort put in to its production.
It's an historical moment in the modern State of Israel's history. But, by comparison, this film is more accurate to the actual events then the more recent "Entebbe" flop.
I never saw the two other films about Entebbe, so I cannot compare them, but this one is definitely a very good thing. The reconstruction of events is extremely faithful - I couldn't find much differences between the real story and the film. The casting was very well done. Peter Finch is excellent playing Yitzhak Rabbin - it takes a great thespian to play with equal brio the captain of a German raider, a martinet in British uniform, an Australian redneck and a Jewish politician...))) Charles Bronson, the greatest star in the cast, plays general Shomron with an Olympic calm - the director took great care to not let him dominate the screen and it was the right decision. Yaphet Kotto is equally good as Idi Amin. Horst Buchholz portrays very well Wilfried Bose, an evil man, who nevertheless in the last seconds of his life showed mercy before dying with courage - and therefore maybe saved his soul... Young James Woods shows in this film the promise which will be later confirmed in so many great films. Quite a lot of experienced veteran actors appear, like Martin Balsam, Jack Warden and Eddie Constatine. Special mention goes to Sylvia Sidney, at that time aged 66, who plays Dora Bloch and for obvious reasons her role is not only important but particularly poignant.
This film was deliberately made in a matter-of-fact, low key, low drama way. The enormous effort of military planning of the operation is shown in a limited way - the film focuses more on the ordeal of the hostages, political arguing, etc. Considering that this was supposed initially to be just a TV film, it is a respectable choice and the whole thing plays well. Still, I would really like to see a film on this topic with an expanded part on military aspects, a better soundtrack and the whole incredible, dramatic aspect of the operation better explored.
That being said, this is a very good film and it was a pleasure to watch it. It is also a recomforting thing to see in reality of present, when every day seems to bring more horror and reasons to rejoice are few. It is in such moments that it is a good idea to watch a movie about a very real event, in which a daring deed is performed, those who have power show that their are worthy holding it, innocent people are rescued, an unholy alliance of extremist murderers and a mad bloodthirsty tyrant is humiliated, heroes are celebrated and the servants of evil are left dead, their bodies riddled with bullets, in slowly cooling pools of their own blood... I will definitely keep this DVD for another viewing. ENJOY!
Althoigh at times painfully slow, as a movie, it was interesting that it did not seek to promote its star(s) but, rather I felt, sought to promote a sense of a 'troupe' a 'company' of actors; rare in Holywood films.
And Yaphet Koto; simply awesone as Idi Amin. It so remnded me of Alan Coren's 'Idi Amin Diaries' in Punch.
Some action films (so called) only seem to have any action towards the end; I get bored. This does not. Sure, you do get to see the character build-up but the action is interspersed around and through this.
This film has not dated. I believe I got even more out of the film this time around, probably because I'm older and have experienced more of life. The most outstanding character this time was Yaphet Kotto as Idi Amin. His portrayal of Amin is superb; the sinister aspect of his character coming through very clearly. The awareness of how alone Israel was in this situation is also very clear.
This, in my view, is a MUST SEE. Mind you, I am a push-over for action films. But I do think, even if you aren't, give it a go; I don't think you will be disappointed.