Victory at Entebbe

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Victory at Entebbe
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Genre Action
Distributed by ABC
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Produced by Robert Guenette
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Starring Helmut Berger
Linda Blair
Kirk Douglas
Richard Dreyfuss
Helen Hayes
Anthony Hopkins
Burt Lancaster
Elizabeth Taylor
Music by Charles Fox
Cinematography Jim Kilgore
Editing by Michael Gavaldon
Jim McElroy
David Saxon
Country US
Language English
Original channel ABC
Release date December 13, 1976 (USA)
Running time 119 min.

Victory at Entebbe is a made-for-television film from 1976 based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of Israeli hostages at Entebbe Airport (now Entebbe International Airport) in Uganda. The airport is Uganda's main airport and is situated near the capital city of Kampala, Uganda.

The film starred Anthony Hopkins, Burt Lancaster, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Dreyfuss and Kirk Douglas, and was directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. Julius Harris portrayed Idi Amin, following the fatal heart attack suffered by the actor originally cast in the role, Godfrey Cambridge.

It was filmed on videotape at The Burbank Studios, California and later transferred to film for distribution around the world, giving the film the slightly stilted visual style of a studio-bound TV drama but with a film-like look and big Hollywood names in the cast. Shooting on video shortened the production time, allowing the film to be ready for television less than six months after the event that inspired it.

Linda Blair and Helmut Berger were dating each other during production.


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