The actual raid on Entebbe was one of the most heroic and ingenious military operations to ever take place, and just the intelligence gathering and overall military decision making processes from that mission are of the upmost importance for war colleges to understand, even to this day. Operation Thunderbolt (Raid on Entebbe) should never be neglected in military history and studies. This movie did the actual operation no justice, and if anything, it was a disgrace.
Fortunately, Amazonprime does have the 1976 made for TV version, of the ACTUAL Raid On Entebbe, which I can't recommend highly enough. It was directed by Irvin Kershner (Empire Strikes Back) and stared James Woods, Charles Bronson, John Saxon, and too many other great actors to count. Although there were slight discrepancies of actual accounts from the Soldiers who've been there, compared to this particular Hollywood version, it is said that Kershner's depiction was relatively accurate, and overall he did a great job...I agree. Bear in mind this was a made for TV movie, low budget and with a limited time to film however. This is why I couldn't wait to see this "spectacular", high-budget, modern movie, depicting the actual raid, which has been envied throughout decades, but with now the modern-day special effects and in high definition!
Not only was this movie a big disapointment, I feel it was the worst movie ever made (and I'm serious). There was a disclaimer at the beginning of the film stating that "some" characters had been changed for dramatization. What? WHY??? Why change anything about what actually happened? But, I guess I can see making a few dramatic changes for entertainment, right? Oh, but they changed just about everything, and made up about everything, and that's the problem! If you change something, change it to be more entertaining, not to make it unwatchable, in which this idiot director did a great job of making his movie unwatchable.
Oh, by the way, they showed only about a minute of the actual raid, and half of that was cut scenes of some girl dancing on stage! Yes, I am not making that up. They showed more dancing in a studio and on stage than the actual planning of the operatin and the raid itself. Why? I don't know either! I guess this pathetic director wanted to be all artsy. It didn't work. Absolute disgrace, and I hope I NEVER see any other movies EVER from this sad pathitic excuse for a director. If you like dancing, you won't even like this film, because all they did was show the same exact dance move OVER AND OVER (over and over and over...!) What did showing a dance move for an hour have to do with the raid and the operation? Save your six bucks and don't watch this film. Watch the 1976 version, as that will give you somewhat of and idea what actually happened.
This was not a movie, nor was it art. It was pure crap! Pure bunk! I wasn't sure if I was watching the raid on Entebbe, or So You Think You Can Dance!
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