Exodus

Exodus

DVD - 2002
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The story of the birth of Israel as an independent state, based on the novel by Leon Uris.

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richmole
Oct 03, 2018

I saw this movie as a 14 year old in the theatres. Only things that stuck in my brain: images of Sal Mineo and Paul Newman running around with Bren-guns and the terrific theme song (Billboard #1, Ferrante & Teicher--1961)

Exodus was a HUGE hit and money-maker (NA box-office twice its cost; another $20 million worldwide.) And yet...

It doesn't stand the test of time too well. Far, far too long (3.5 hrs), should have ended with the UN proclamation of Palestine division that created the "Jewish state of Isreal." Thank you, and goodnight. And yet...

One of the weakest ending (can't even be seen as a "finale") in movie history, the scene in which Zionists (prophetically) bury a would-be Israeli girl and an Arab together in the same grave. OK, what now? Oh... "The End"? After all we've gone through?? Movie goers would have to wait another six years to see what came next (Cast a Giant Shadow, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra.)

What's good (besides the theme)? #1 Terrific on-location cinematography--now a fabulous time-capsule from about 1958, just a decade after the REAL drama depicted here. #2: two good perfomances: Sir Ralph Richardson as the beleaguered Brit Commander; Sal Mineo as the vengeful concentration camp survivor. No surprise! He'd earned an Oscar nomination a few years before in Rebel Without a Cause, and did so again for this work. #3: A literate, even-handed script that adoitly covers all the "Jewish question" angles. It's by Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted for the better part of a decade in America's Communist witch-hunt. Big year for Dalton: he also wrote Spartacus, released within months of this movie.

THAT spectacle fares better, today than this one. Blame Producer/Director Otto Preminger.

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Peggy57
Jun 23, 2018

I like all Paul Newman’s movies. It is love story, but absolutely no chemistry between him and Eva Marie saint. But still, an excellent historical drama for its “Cold War” day. Wish there was remake.

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grammaE
Dec 17, 2015

Very good movie. I would watch it again.

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akirakato
Jul 23, 2015

This is a 1960 208-minute-long epic directed by Otto Preminger, based on the 1958 novel "Exodus" by Leon Uris.
Widely characterized as a "Zionist epic", the film has been identified as having been enormously influential in stimulating Zionism and support for Israel in the United States.
Even disregarding its political theme, I think it is an interesting semi-historical drama.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 22, 2015

"To my knowledge there’s just one man that’s really a true American: George Lincoln Rockwell.I know for a fact he hates Commies cus he picketed the movie Exodus."Bob Dylan, "Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues."
Long (3.5 hours), plodding, pro-Israel adaptation of Leon Uris's self-important novel about the founding of modern Israel. As others have pointed out, it doesn't really take the Palestinians into consideration and it's actually the British who are more the adversaries here. Although everything about it screams "epic," it fails on most levels and its cast of largely non-Jews is mostly unconvincing, especially Sal Mineo. I did learn that Paul Newman's father was an Ashkenazi Jew. Newman is fine, but later said he regretted taking the role and he seems vaguely pissed off for much of the movie. Eva Saint Marie, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, and Peter Lawford co-star. Screenplay by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. At one of the screenings, comedian Mort Sahl shouted out "Otto (director/producer Preminger), let my people go!" You'll feel the same way.

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JackPurcell
Mar 07, 2015

A story about a tribe reassembling in a place it believes is the ancestral homeland 2000 years previously. Although the land is occupied the tribe forces them out of their homes and off their land because they believe they have a prior claim. A tragic story of human greed and callous disregard for anyone outside the tribe.

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gb2k
Oct 01, 2012

Very good historical movie about the establishment of Israel in Palestine, based on Leon Uris' bestselling novel.
Made in 1960 and a very good production for its time.
Sadly, it doesn't even mention the plight of the Palestinians which are still getting their land blatantly stolen in the West Bank & Jerusalem.

aaa5756 Aug 24, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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rslade
May 29, 2012

A major movie in it's time, somehow this has not aged well. Not necessarily dated, but it now looks stilted, preachy, and sloppy. Also rather slow paced (which is a bit of a problem with a film three and a half hours long). Yes, the story is still important, but this film does not do it justice.

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stuvw27
Jan 19, 2011

The Word’s the thing in this film… and that shouldn’t come as a surprise with a screenplay by Dalton Trumbo from Leon Uris’ novel… but a movie is more than words and everything else is just OK. The soundtrack has two or three nice moments of suitably discreet stereo but most of it is a mash of sounds coming from odd directions and a pile of things that sound as if they were looped in later. One glaring sound faux pas is a terrace restaurant scene at “twilight” with birds singing as if it is full day! On the other hand, on the music track, there is that unforgettable, deservedly Oscar-winning, theme. Nearly everything else about the movie, acting, costumes, sets, editing (the film may have benefited from less story sprawl and more focus, but then, that would be a different movie and obviously not what Dalton and Otto had in mind), direction and cinematography is just plain normal. As far as the latter goes, this is a shame since the film was shot in Super Panavision 70. Shot after shot is taken as if using plain old 35mm and many opportunities for using the wide screen are ignored.

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