Raid on Entebbe / quad / UK

04.07.12

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Title
Raid on Entebbe
AKA
I leoni della guerra [The lions of war] (Italy)
Year of Film
1976
Director
Irvin Kershner
Starring
Peter Finch, Martin Balsam, Horst Buchholz, John Saxon, Sylvia Sidney, Jack Warden, Yaphet Kotto, Charles Bronson, Tige Andrews, Eddie Constantine, Warren J. Kemmerling, Robert Loggia, David Opatoshu, Allan Arbus
Origin of Film
USA
Genre(s) of Film
Action | Drama
Type of Poster
Quad
Style of Poster
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Origin of Poster
UK
Year of Poster
1977
Designer
Unknown
Artist
Mike Vaughan
Size (inches)
30 1/16" x 40 1/16"
SS or DS
SS
NSS #
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Tagline
Bronson leads the...

Raid on Entebbe is based on the true story of Operation Thunderbolt a mission undertaken by Israeli commandos in 1976 with the aim of rescuing hostages from a hijacked Air France plane being held at Entebbe airport in Uganda. The plane and hostages were under control of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells and, after landing in Uganda, almost all of the non-Israeli hostages had been released. After it became clear that the Ugandan president Idi Amin was actively helping the terrorists, a daring rescue was planned by the Israeli Defence Forces, which resulted in the rescue of all but four of the hostages and the death of only one commando,  Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, the brother of Benjamin Netanyahu who would later serve as the Israeli prime minister.

There were actually three film versions of the events put into production within months of the rescue; two were US-produced including this film, which followed the hastily made-for-TV Victory at Entebbe, starring the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor. Legendary director and producer Menahem Golan also put together an Israeli-made versions starring mostly Jewish actors called Mivtsa Yonatan (AKA Operation Thunderbolt). Raid on Entebbe was first shown on TV in the US but was given a theatrical release in other countries, including the UK.

Action legend Charles Bronson was obviously seen as the biggest draw for UK audiences over the likes of Peter Finch who actually passed away 10 days after the film first aired and would be given a posthumous Academy Award for his role in the film Network.

This UK quad features stylised artwork painted with large brushstrokes onto a canvas, the grain of which is clearly still visible. Sim Branaghan believes this to be the work of British artist Mike Vaughan, perhaps best known for his work on several Hammer Horror quads, including Twins of Evil.

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