Raid on Entebbe (film)

Raid on Entebbe

original film poster by John Solie
Directed by Irvin Kershner
Produced by Daniel H. Blatt
Edgar J. Scherick
Written by Barry Beckerman
Starring Peter Finch
Charles Bronson
Yaphet Kotto
James Woods
Robert Loggia
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Bill Butler
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Television
Release dates
  • January 9, 1977 (1977-01-09)
Running time
150 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.5 million[1]

Raid on Entebbe is a 1977 television film directed by Irvin Kershner. It is based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of hostages at Entebbe Airport in Entebbe, Uganda on 4 July 1976. The portrayal of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was Peter Finch's final performance; he died five days after the film's release.


The film focuses on the basic facts of the rescue of hostages held when hijackers belonging to a splinter group of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine under the orders of Wadie Haddad boarded and hijacked an Air France plane. It recounts the events and response of the Israeli government and the controversy that the rescue stirred.

This version shows the difficult deliberations held by the Cabinet of Israel to decide on a top-secret military raid on the Jewish Sabbath by commandos; a difficult and daring operation carried out over 2,500 miles (4000 km) from home, and an unwillingness of the Israeli government to give in to terrorist demands. One commando was killed (the breach unit commander Yonatan Netanyahu, brother of future Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu), as were three of the hostages, and 45 soldiers under the then dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin. A fourth hostage, Dora Bloch, who had been taken to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, was murdered by the Ugandans on Idi Amin's orders.



The Jewish hymn sung on the plane by the commandos is "Hine ma tov."

Ban in Thailand

In May 1977, local authorities banned the film from public display in Thailand. They argued the film presented a one-sided image of the Middle East conflict and posed a risk to the nation's relations with Arab states.[2]

See also


  1. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p258
  2. "Thais Ban Film on Entebbe Raid". New York Times. AP. 1977-05-15.

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