Cast a Giant Shadow is a big-budget, glossy action/adventure story set at the time that Israel became a nation. American Army officer Colonel David Marcus is recruited by the yet-to-exist Israel to help form an army. Marcus is conflicted because of his sudden appreciation for his Jewish heritage. Realizing that each of Israel's Arab nations has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country once the partition has been made, Marcus is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins. The all-star cast includes Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger and Angie Dickinson. Aldo Tonti provides the beautiful photography by Aldo Tonti, and Melville Shavelson directs. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi
How can a movie with Kirk Douglas, Yul Brenner, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Angie Dickinson, and Topol possibly suck? Ask Melville Shavelson. This movie is plodding, boring, and tries soooo hard to turn the real-life adventures of Malcolm McDonald into something interesting (albeit in the 138 minute kind of 1960's epic way). Total bomb. Save yourself the nightmare. There are a few good scenes, but the rest is woeful. Seems more like a movie from 1936 than one from 1966. Terrible special effects, fake Arabs, fake Jews. Awful in any religion.
While the movie is quite long, it is definitely worth it! The movie chronicles Israel's struggle for independence and the American who helped them. Great acting by Kirk Douglas and wonderful cameos by Yul Brynner, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra. Definitely worth watching!