Director Otto Preminger's sprawling saga about the 1947 Palestinian war for Israel's independence features an all-star cast that includes Paul Newman as a fiery resistance leader, Eva Marie Saint as an army nurse, Ralph Richardson and Peter Lawford as British officers and Sal Mineo as a radical freedom fighter. With John Derek, Lee J. Cobb; scripted by Dalton Trumbo from Leon Uris' novel.
DVD 208 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer. 114 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.
What I like?
At the time I first saw it, it didn't impress me much, but it surely has grown on me. Made right after Porgy and Bess, Preminger must have been so sick of studio work that it was all shot on location (by Sam Leavit). I detested the boring music but concede the sound-track was a boringly big hit.
That final shot of army trucks crawling through the Israel landscape has really turned out to prophetic.