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7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE: Hijacked by Political Correctness

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Rosamund Pike (left) stars as “Brigitte Kuhlman” and Daniel Brühl (right) stars as “Wilfred Bose” in José Padilha’s 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE, a Focus Features release. Credit : Liam Daniel / Focus Features

The new film 7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE distorts history in a shameless effort to make brutal terrorists look sympathetic. In 1976, two German revolutionaries joined Palestinian fanatics to hijack a French airliner, threatening to murder its 258 passengers and crew.

The demands involved release of 52 prisoners, but the movie never explains they’d been jailed for vicious murders or mentions additional demands for $5 million in cash—equivalent of $22 million today.

Glamorous Rosamund Pike plays terrorist Brigitte Kuhlman as sensitive and idealistic, never showing her brutal pistol-whipping of helpless passengers or the Nazi insults she hurled at Jewish victims.

The film also ignores the amazing, on the ground destruction of 30 Ugandan Air Force planes by Israeli commandos—enabling them to fly away with the rescued hostages. Here, epic heroism has been hijacked by moral equivalency and political correctness.

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  1. Larry  •  Mar 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    This same moral equivalency happened in Spielberg's "Munich" about the '72 Olympics evil, right?

  2. Jim Evans  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Just finished watching "7 Days at Entebbe" and you hit the nail(s) right on the head(s). The amazing work done by the Israeli commandos was given less attention than a very strange ballet performance and the portrayals of the Bader Meinhoff Germans was far too much sugar and spice for me. Sorry I wasted my money. Should have waited for your review!

    • Virginia Ritchie  •  Mar 18, 2018 at 11:51 pm

      We saw it today, big mistake.

    • David  •  Jul 15, 2018 at 1:48 am

      Agreed. The focus of the film was more on the terrorists, not the daring rescue or the courageous hostages. Pathetic.

  3. MARK BELL  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Movies are art and also entertainment, sometime the two overlap. So I don't have a problem when a movie is not 100% accurate. As a movie distorts truth about the basic facts and background it becomes a sick, enemy of truth; something to be resisted. The more light that is shown on the facts, on the bravery and of the miracle of Entebbe the better off we will be. Let the discussion begin to shown that this is a despicable movie; poor entertainment that will not benefit anyone.

  4. David Pohlod  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Just heard Mr. Medved's (radio show) review of the latest Entebbe film. In July of 1976, my unit (509th airborne combat team) was on a long term training mission. When we got back to Vicenza and learned of the raid, we broke out the beer and toasted the Israeli commandos that pulled off such a daring, courageous, and well-planned operation. Everyone in my platoon wished we had been asked to participate in the raid. An incredible feat. I will watch the new movie and am glad Michael's cautionary review will help me view the film objectively. Dp

  5. nicholas  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    thank you for your review mr. medved!!! i'm sorry that mr. evans lost his money….
    i remember the made for tv movie, "raid on Entebbe" as well as several very good documentaries on either the HISTORY or MILITARY CHANNELS.
    from your review, in comparison, this "7 DAYS blah blah" would most definitely leave me quite annoyed at the historical inacquracy.
    i vividly remember those events over the 4th of july antics of that time of year.
    spectacular effort by the Israeli special forces!!!!
    so sorry that mr. Netanyahu lost his brother during the attack.

  6. Terrence D Gallagher  •  Mar 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    I'd actually considered paying for a ticket. Thanks, Mike,
    I just don't care for rewritten History. They shan't get
    my $$.

    • Randall Bassin  •  Mar 17, 2018 at 4:06 am

      My feelings exactly.

  7. susan dickey  •  Mar 17, 2018 at 8:31 am

    So glad that I read your review Mr. Medved, before spending my money and leaving the theater irritated. I abhor the distortion of truth for entertainment's sake, and I believe that such historical events always deserve 100% accurate treatment. Also sorry for the loss of Mr. Netanyahu's brother.

  8. Jesus Christ  •  Mar 22, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    "Palestine belongs to the Arabs in the same sense that England belongs to the English, and France to the French".
    – Mahatma Gandhi

    • David  •  Jul 15, 2018 at 1:50 am

      No it doesn't. Learn your history. And Israeli's don't blow up their own families to "make a point". Palestinians do.

  9. David  •  Jul 15, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Mr. Medved, thank you for pointing this out. Tired of movies that make concerted efforts to "humanize" the terrorists, especially when it comes to real-life stories like this. The opening graphics are ridiculous….saying the people who planned the hijacking were "freedom fighters", but that the Israeli's called them "terrorists". If the shoe fits?? Tired of the media and Hollywood being apologists for the State of Israel.

    The movie barely focused on the hostages, which was shameful. There were so many great stories to come out from them, their survival, how they kept themselves sane during this ordeal. And the bold choice the Israeli government made by NOT negotiating with terrorists and making this daring rescue happen…in many ways, set the standard for the rest of the free world, and certainly the United States.

    The director and writer of the film should be ashamed of themselves.

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