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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)

Entebbe (original title)
PG-13 | | Action, Drama, History | 16 March 2018 (USA)
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Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

Director:

José Padilha

Writer:

Gregory Burke (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Batsheva Dance Company Batsheva Dance Company ... Dance Performers
Zina Zinchenko ... Sarah
Ben Schnetzer ... Zeev Hirsch
Daniel Brühl ... Wilfried Böse
Amir Khoury Amir Khoury ... Ali Al-Maati
Ala Dakka ... Haled Al Halili
Rosamund Pike ... Brigitte Kuhlmann
Paloma Coquant Paloma Coquant ... Ann Franking
Trudy Weiss ... Dora Bloch
Danny Scheinmann ... Ilan Hartuv
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Captain Michel Bacos
Denis Ménochet ... Jacques Lemoine
Gal Pertsiger Gal Pertsiger ... Pasco Cohen
Saffron Scheinmann Saffron Scheinmann ... Talia Levy
Michal Shtamler Michal Shtamler ... Hanna Cohen (as Michal Shtamler Yanai)
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In July 1976, an Air France flight from Tel-Aviv to Paris via Athens was hijacked and forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda. The Jewish passengers were separated and held hostage in demand to release many terrorists held in Israeli prisons. After much debate, the Israeli government sent an elite commando unit to raid the airfield and release the hostages.

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248 Passengers Were Held Hostage. For the Next Seven Days, The World Was Held Captive. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | France | Malta

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English | German | French | Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,592,645, 18 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,189,220, 29 March 2018
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

It's not mentioned nor shown in the movie, but the Israelis destroyed several Ugandan MiGs on the ground of Entebbe airport, to keep the aircraft from being used against them, and as part of an agreement with the Kenyan government in exchange for allowing the raid aircraft to refuel in Kenya. See more »

Goofs

The Air France plane in the movie is an Airbus A310, a shorter version of the A300b4 that was hijacked. The A310 entered service in 1978, and was equipped with winglets in 1985. See more »

Quotes

Wilfried Böse: I didn't agree to this, I'm not a Nazi.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) See more »

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Written by Grischa Lichtenberg
Performed by Grischa Lichtenberg
Courtesy of Raster - Artistic Platform
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7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
17 March 2018 | by rockman182See all my reviews

I think I saw the trailer for this once in recent months so it definitely wasn't on my radar at all. Had some time to kill today, so guess what? Was hoping for a solid thriller based on a real life event. Sadly, the film fails to tell a rather interesting story with the spark it probably deserves. I can see why this film sort of just snuck into theaters without a lot of promotion. Its just not very good, and is a forgettable film about an event that could have been adapted better.

The film follows the real life events of two German terrorists (Wilfried Böse and Brigitte Kuhlmann) who along with a group of Palestinian terrorists, hijack an airplane in 1976 in Entebbe, Uganda. Their hopes are to receive a ransom of 5 million for the passengers on board and the freedom of Palestinian soldiers captured in Israel. The film follows negotiation efforts and the ultimate retrieval of the hostages by the Israeli operative forces.

I'm not very familiar with a lot of Jose Padilha's work but his Robocop remake was a definite misfire. Even here we have an interesting event and two very talented co-leads but a story that is just so dull and boring. While the film is shot well, the merits of the writing fall very short. Its hard to care for what goes on when the film doesn't really attempt to entice you with any thrill, action, or moments to make it memorable.

The relevance of the film and incident is that it mirrors the hostility between Israel and Palestine today, a conflict that has stretched for decades. Other than that, Entebbe has good intentions but fails. It doesn't exactly have a voice or make a statement but just recreates the event in a half hearted way. The best part was that weird dance sequence performance that kept going on during the film.

5.5/10


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