In 1976, two Palestinian and two German terrorists hijack Air France Flight 139 en route from Tel Aviv, Israel to Paris, France via Athens, Greece. They hold the passengers and crew hostage at Entebbe and demanded a ransom of $5 million USD for the airplane and the release of 53 Palestinian and Pro-Palestinian militants, 40 of whom were prisoners in Israel. When all diplomatic efforts fail, the Israeli government approves a counter-terrorist hostage rescue operation by IDF commandos in what has been referred to as the most daring and audacious rescue mission in history.
7 Days in Entebbe is a 2018 British crime thriller film directed by José Padilha and written by Gregory Burke. The film recounts the story of Operation Entebbe, a 1976 counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation. The film stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. It is set for release on 9 March 2018. 7 Days in Entebbe is the fourth film to dramatize the events of Operation Entebbe, after the American TV films Victory at Entebbe (1976) and Raid on Entebbe (1977), and the Israeli film Operation Thunderbolt (1977).
StudioCanal optioned the rights to “Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History” (published December 1, 2015), by Saul David. The book contains information that had previously not been available for books written about “Operation Thunderbolt”, due to classification and security reasons.
7 Days in Entebbe (2018)
Directed by: José Padilha
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Nonso Anozie, Ben Schnetzer, Denis Ménochet, Kamil Lemieszewski, Andrea Deck, Angel Bonanni, Lior Ashkenazi, Romeo Visca, Peter Sullivan
Screenplay by: Gregory Burke
Production Design by: Kave Quinn
Cinematography by: Lula Carvalho
Film Editing by: Daniel Rezende
Costume Design by: Bina Daigeler
Set Decoration by: Stella Fox
Art Direction by: Charlo Dalli
Music by: Rodrigo Amarante
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence, some thematic material, drug use, smoking and brief strong language.
Distributed by: Focus Features
Release Date: March 16, 2018