- Directors: Menahem Golan
- Format: DVD Region, DVD, Special Limited Edition, Classical
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Hebrew
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0011Z5YXQ
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The Oscar nominated film and documentary tells the heroic real-life events of Operation Thunderbolt which occurred in Entebbe, Uganda in 1976. The events started when armed terrorist from Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine took over Air France flight # 139 from Paris to Tel-Aviv and diverted it to Libya and then Uganda. The Terrorists then issued Israel impossible demands in exchange for the captives, demands, Israel couldn t fulfill. Israel decided to send in its special forces and, in a larger than life operation, released the passengers in what became a mythical and the most famous anti-terrorist special operation ever held.
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I defer to those who say we were there re: the realism of this film to the actual events.
While Israeli politicians gave their OK to include news footage in the movie (I liked the intercuts of the real politicos), I noticed the IDF didn't have any official role. From a "war film geek" perspective, it seemed to have the right feel for the planning, rehearsal and execution of the raid itself. Don't expect slick/flashy like one might with American treatment of things military.
The feel of the film is that of the era: very 70's, with music verging on the feel of "blaxspoitation" in some parts.
The film is not perfect: at least one accidental appearance of a boom mike in the shot, and some of the long shots of the hijacked plane were of a 707 instead of an Airbus. In spite of these niggles, it's a good watch - a welcome addition to my war flick collection.
P.S. - It's a bit pricey, but having the documentary on the second disk makes it worthwhile. It looks like it was done not tooooooooo long after the raid, talking to folks on both sides of the rifles.
I found the quality of this used video tape to be a bit less than what I had hoped for. I only mention that because I see so many reviews that focus almost exclusively on the quality of the media. After the opening cast and credits, I stopped noticing the slight blurriness. The movie spends just a slight amount of time developing the characters at the beginning. Before we know it, the plane is in the air and the terrorists take control. Some of the actors are good, some are very good, and some are...well, let's just say that the liner notes tell how 12 of the hostages play themselves. I counted more than 12 that seemed to "fit" that category (if you know what I mean). Along that line, we are treated to a number of disappointing actual scenes of Israeli leaders "in action" during the time the hostage crisis was taking place. We see them sitting in chairs, walking down hallways and looking at phones. (Obviously, I couldn't seem to realize anything positive about their inclusion).
Technical points aside, the movie moves along at a reasonable clip (when not showing the politicians at "work") and the suspense is well-developed. Those who know nothing of this historical event should enjoy just about every non-Knesset minute of the film. Those who are aware of the event (and may have seen other movie versions of it) will still find it an engrossing film. It is, of course, a very timely movie 30 years after it was made given the international state of affairs that we are in. Not much has changed in that time (especially for Israel) and there is a sense that the Israeli's, out of necessity if for no other reason, are the experts on dealing with terrorism. We Americans could learn a few things from the Israeli's and this movie (although not their rather inept response to the Hezballah in Lebanon last year) is evidence of that.
I'm glad I bought this movie. It is one I will watch again because it tells a sincere version of what was a most impressive act of anti-terrorism.
What I like about this movie is that the actors speak in their own native languages, so you can hear Hebrew, English, French and Arabian.
I would also like to thank seller Adam for not wasting any time. I placed my order on 12-17-11 and today ( 12-22-11 ) it was right there in my mailbox.
Near the end you hear and see the Shofar as the c-130 are landing.