Victory at Entebbe

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Victory at Entebbe
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Genre Action
Drama
History
Thriller
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky
Starring Helmut Berger
Linda Blair
Kirk Douglas
Richard Dreyfuss
Helen Hayes
Anthony Hopkins
Burt Lancaster
Elizabeth Taylor
Theme music composer Charles Fox
Country of origin US
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Robert Guenette
Editor(s) Michael Gavaldon
Jim McElroy
David Saxon
Cinematography Jim Kilgore
Running time 119 min.
Distributor ABC
Release
Original channel ABC
Original release December 13, 1976 (USA)

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. At one point, Joseph Olita was also approached to play Amin in this film.[1]

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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