Raid on Entebbe (1976)

“[discussing a military attack] It’ll be the biggest noise to hit Africa since the elephants stampeded. ” – Sammy Berg

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 17 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a plane is hijacked enroute from Athens to Paris, the decision must be made as to whether to concede to the terrorist demands or find a way to rescue the hostages.

My Take on it – This is the better of the two American TV versions of the events of the Air France hijacking.

They manage to keep the story compelling and interesting the entire time during the events of the hostage crisis.

The cast is superb and is filled with lots of known actors that make this even more interesting to watch.

Peter Finch stands out in the lead role of Itzhak Rabin and deservingly was nominated for an Emmy posthumously for this performance.  He gets the mannerisms and attitudes really well and is believable in the role.

I liked the creation of the fictional character played by Martin Balsam who works as a conscience for the characters because it helps the story move along really well.

Charles Bronson takes on a non-action role here as the commander of the whole mission and he comes across as quite genuine despite the fact that we don’t get to see him in action mode.

Great seeing James Woods in a small but significant role.

The film presents both the story and the action really well and it’s still amazing seeing how close to the real story this film gets despite the fact that the events happened less than 6 months before this film was made.

It was able to win a Golden Globe for Best TV film that year.

Not as good as the Golan-Globus version, but still comes close.

Bottom Line – Great and compelling version of the events of the hostage crisis. Great cast helps make this even more interesting to watch. Finch does a wonderful job in the lead role and is great as Rabin. The addition of Balsam in the role of a conscience works quite well and despite being a fictional character helps the story move along.  Bronson works well as the commander of the entire mission and even though it isn’t an action role for him per se, he comes across as seeming quite genuine. The action is done well and they execute the plan quite close to what really happened less than 6 months before they made this film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Peter Finch died only six months after the actual events, which means that a script was commissioned, written, the film was cast, rehearsed and filmed all within six months.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “Raid on Entebbe (1976)

  1. I remember this one. And remember it as being the best of the bunch. I think on all these movies – the actors/stars (most who didn’t normally do TV) were lining up to be in them because it was such a great story and getting them made were on an accelerated schedule to be first to the punch/screen.


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