Saturday, May 10, 2014

Flick Pick: Cast A Giant Shadow

Cast A Giant Shadow
(United Artists, 1966)

Bookend companion piece to Exodus, this one done by Batjac, John Wayne's production company, dealing with Israeli independence from the viewpoint of U.S. Army Col. David Marcus, who served as the first general in the nascent IDF. Played by Kirk Douglas, and with an assortment of all-star cameos including Wayne himself. While it seems like a typical fictionalized Hollywood treatment, it turns out that both the broad strokes and the details are pretty much accurate throughout.

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