Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)





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This biographical war drama follows the heroics of American Colonel David Marcus, who assists Israeli troops in defending their country against the Arabs in 1949.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment

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Kirk Douglas
as Col. David 'Mickey' Marcus
Angie Dickinson
as Emma Marcus
Senta Berger
as Magda Simon
James Donald
as Maj. Safir
John Wayne
as Gen. Mike Randolph
Yul Brynner
as Asher Gonen
Frank Sinatra
as Vince Talmadge
Luther Adler
as Jacob Zion
Gary Merrill
as Pentagon Chief of Staff
as Abou Ibn Kader
Ruth White
as Mrs. Chaison
Gordon Jackson
as James McAfee
Michael Hordern
as British ambassador
Allan Cuthbertson
as British Immigration Officer
Jeremy Kemp
as Senior British Officer
Sean Barrett
as Junior British Officer
Rina Ganor
as Rona
Roland Barthrop
as Bert Harrison
Vera Dolen
as Mrs. Martinson
Robert Gardett
as Gen. Walsh
Samra Dedes
as Belly Dancer
Michael Shagrir
as Truck Driver
Frank Latimore
as UN Officer
Ken Buckle
as UN Officer
Rod Dana
as Aide to Gen. Randolph
Robert C. Ross
as Aide to Chief of Staff
Arthur Hansel
as Officer
Arthur Hansell
as Pentagon Officer
Dan Sturkle
as Parachute Jump Sergeant
Hillel Rave
as Yaakov
Shlomo Hermon
as Yussuff
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Critic Reviews for Cast a Giant Shadow

All Critics (3)

Kirk Douglas is fine as legendary Israeli leader. Nice guest stars (John Wayne, etc.).

February 22, 2008

The results add up to a superficial biopic that casts anything but a giant shadow.

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October 9, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Cast a Giant Shadow


A way to long film of the fight to establish the nation of Israel. Skrimish fighting makes for some mildly interesting combat. If you like Hebrew, watch this film. Otherwise, try to ignore the dialog. The scenes with Sinatra, although very few, are token at best. Yul Brenner does an admirable job as always as the closest thing to a military mind at the time. John Wayne, the blow hard as always, thinks he's still in The Longest Day. A valiant effort to capture the thrilling days of yesteryear, this is more a narrative of our foreign involvement in other peoples business that has torn America apart for nearly a century.

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Jeez, I didn't think it was ever going to end! Way overlong and far too many repetitive scenes and slow stretches. Kirk Douglas gives a sincere performance, and the basic story is an interesting one. Senta berger is miscast and the spattering of big name stars in cameo roles distracts from the film. (John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner etc.)

James Higgins
James Higgins

This is one of those great Hollywood epics they don't make anymore. I saw it a Jewish film festival and it's an interesting movie to reflect upon the birth of Israel. Cast a Giant Shadow tells the story of Mickey Marcus who as an American officer and lawyer who helped to create the Israeli army and also served as their first general. Of course they had to sex up the story for Hollywood but still their's great acting all around especially by John Wayne who was rarely better than he was here.

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