Entebbe (titled 7 Days in Entebbe in the U.S.) is a 2018 action thriller film directed by José Padilha and written by Gregory Burke. The film recounts the story of Operation Entebbe, a 1976 counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation. The film stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. It was released in the United States on 16 March 2018 and in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2018.
|Directed by||José Padilha|
|Written by||Gregory Burke|
|Edited by||Daniel Rezende|
|Music by||Rodrigo Amarante|
|Distributed by||Entertainment One (United Kingdom)|
Focus Features (United States)
(also German, French, Hebrew, and Arabic)
|Box office||$9.6 million|
On 27 June 1976, Wilfried Böse and Brigitte Kuhlmann, two terrorists belonging to the Revolutionary Cells, an ultra-leftist terrorist organization, hijack Air France Flight 139, flying from Tel Aviv to Paris, during the flight's initial stopover at Athens. Elsewhere, Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defense minister Shimon Peres are alerted of the hijacking.
During a refueling stop in Benghazi, Böse releases a female passenger who, unbeknownst to the terrorists, had pretended to suffer a miscarriage. After taking off once more, the hijackers commandeer the plane to Entebbe, Uganda on 28 June, where they unite with several terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine; the two groups had jointly orchestrated the hijacking.
The next morning, the passengers are escorted by the terrorists to a dilapidated terminal, where they are greeted by Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, who is in league with the hijackers. Concurrently, Rabin orders Peres and Gen. Motta Gur, the chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), to sketch a military operation aimed at rescuing the hostages. Peres suggests invading the airport, but Rabin and Gur reject it. Concurrently, the terrorists begin to segregate Israeli and non-Israeli hostages, much to Böse's fury; he compares the segregation of the hostages to the Nazi-enforced Holocaust.
Meanwhile, Rabin begins negotiations with Amin, much to the detestations of Peres, who supports a military option. On 30 June, the hijackers release 48 non-Israeli hostages, while keeping the Israeli hostages incarcerated. Concurrently, Rabin, cornered by escalating diplomatic pressure, finally concedes to initiate negotiations with the hijackers on 1 July. Consequently, the hijackers postpone the deadline of their negotiations to 4 July. Regardless of the developments, the IDF initiates preparations for a rescue mission, consisting of the Sayeret Matkal elite commando unit, headed by Lt. Col. Yoni Netanyahu. Despite favoring a diplomatic approach towards the crisis, Rabin reluctantly supports the operation.
On 3 July, with the preparations for the rescue mission - codenamed Operation Thunderbolt, finalized, Rabin convenes the Israeli cabinet for a vote regarding the status of the operation; the cabinet unanimously votes to proceed with the mission, with full endorsement from Gur. The strike force, having already departed for Uganda, is authorized to proceed with the mission.
That night, four Israeli C-130 transport aircraft carrying the strike force land discreetly at Entebbe. Almost immediately, and as an approach to maintain the element of surprise, the unit approaches the terminal in a black Mercedes limo disguised as Amin's state vehicle. However, one of the operatives prematurely opens fire, alerting the hijackers and Ugandan security personnel. The operatives storm the building, engaging both the terrorists and Ugandan soldiers. In the ensuing melee, Böse, Kuhlmann and Yoni are killed, along with the remaining terrorists and several Ugandan soldiers. With the airport secure, the strike force evacuates 102 hostages from Uganda.
Elsewhere, Peres congratulates Rabin on the success of the operation; the latter solemnly retorts that ensuring peace is the only way towards preventing further incidents between Israelis and Palestinians. The film's ending displays archival footage of the survivors' return to Israel, with brief notes about the fates of Rabin, Peres, Yoni and the aftermath of the operation.
- Daniel Brühl as Wilfried Böse
- Rosamund Pike as Brigitte Kuhlmann
- Eddie Marsan as Shimon Peres
- Lior Ashkenazi as Yitzhak Rabin
- Denis Ménochet as Jacques Le Moine
- Ben Schnetzer as Zeev Hirsch
- Angel Bonanni as Yonatan Netanyahu
- Nonso Anozie as Idi Amin
- Juan Pablo Raba as Juan Pablo
- Omar Berdouni as Faiz Jaber
- Mark Ivanir as Motta Gur
- Peter Sullivan as Amos Eiran
- Zina Zinchenko as Sarah Mayes
- Andrea Deck as Patricia Martel
- Brontis Jodorowsky as Captain Michel Bacos
- Vincent Riotta as Dan Shomron
- Yiftach Klein as Ehud Barak
- Natalie Stone as Leah Rabin
- Trudy Weiss as Dora Bloch
- Michael Lewis as Major Muki Betser
- Tomer Kapon as soldier
On 11 February 2016, it was announced that José Padilha would next direct Entebbe for Working Title Films and StudioCanal, from a script by Gregory Burke. On 29 July 2016, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Vincent Cassel joined to play the lead roles in the film, with Cassel ultimately not participating.
Principal photography on the film began on 14 November 2016 in Malta, and production also took place in the U.K. During filming, a plane landed at Malta International Airport as a result of a real hijacking and scenes of passengers exiting after negotiations had succeeded were used in the movie.
The film features extensive footage of the noted Batsheva Dance Company, dancing to a modern version of the traditional Jewish song Echad Mi Yodea. One of the characters in the film is a dancer in the troupe, and the dance is shown as the film opens and then throughout the film, intercut with portions of the narrative.
The film premiered on 19 February 2018 at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival. It was released in the United States on 16 March 2018, and received a release in the United Kingdom on 11 May 2018.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 24% based on 119 reviews, and an average rating of 4.9/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "7 Days in Entebbe has a worthy story to tell, but loses sight of its most compelling elements in a dull dramatization of riveting real-life events." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 49 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
David Ehrlich of IndieWire gave the film a "C" and called it competent but pointless, saying: "When all the dust settles, we’re left right where we started, and with nothing to show for it but a fleeting reminder that peace is impossible without negotiation. It’s a lesson that history has failed to teach us, filtered through a movie that doesn’t understand why." The Chicago Sun-Times's Richard Roeper gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, writing, "All too often in 7 Days in Entebbe, primary characters on all sides of this 1970s period-piece political thriller state the obvious — and then state it again, and then have to stand around while someone else states the obvious one more time, just in case the folks in the seats have yet to grasp the stakes at hand and the dilemmas in play."
Liel Leibovitz of Tablet criticized the film's downplaying of violence, such as the final raid being "shot in infuriating slow-motion and cross-cut with a modern dance performance", writing that the lack of violence eliminates the possibility of "catharsis" and renders the film a "vapid and vacuous statement".
The film puts Yonatan Netanyahu's death much earlier in the raid than in the Netanyahu family's version of events. Director Padilha said that this placement was based on interviews with participants in the raid. Although the production had commissioned British historian Saul David's 2015 study Operation Thunderbolt as a guide, the director opted to subordinate historical accuracy to dramatic effect in a number of scenes. Most notably, the division of the hostages and the Air France crew staying with the hostages are presented in a way that contradicts[clarification needed] eyewitness accounts gathered by David.
|7 Days in Entebbe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Film score by|
|Released||Apr 6, 2018|
|Studio||Abbey Road Studios|
All cues were produced and composed by Rodrigo Amarante
|4.||"Ms. Martel Escapes"||2:14|
|8.||"Arriving in Entebbe"||3:09|
|12.||"Prime Minister and the News"||1:23|
|15.||"The Last Hour"||2:09|
|19.||"0515 Beginning 2 Skl (Last Work)" (by Grischa Lichtenberger)||7:53|
|20.||"Chair Dance (Echad Mi Yodeah)" (by The Tractor's Revenge & Ohad Naharin)||6:40|
Credits and personnelEdit
- Rodrigo Amarante – Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Primary Artist, Producer
- John Bergin – Art Direction
- Matthew Compton – Arranger
- Eric Craig – A&R
- Andrew Feinberg – A&R
- Mark Graham – Conductor, Orchestration
- Todd Dahl Hoff – Arranger, Engineer
- Jake Jackson – Mixing
- Lewis Jones – Engineer
- Paul Katz – Executive Producer
- Samur Khouja – Engineer
- Kirsten Lane – Music Consultant
- Brian McNelis – Executive Producer
- David Reichardt – Engineer
- Skip Williamson – Executive Producer
- Victory at Entebbe - a 1976 American TV film about the events of Operation Entebbe
- Raid on Entebbe - a 1977 American TV film about the same event
- Operation Thunderbolt - a 1977 Israeli film
- The Last King of Scotland - a 2006 British-German film containing the raid as a subplot
- The Delta Force - a 1986 Israeli-American action thriller partially inspired by the events
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