The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part deals with declaring independence and the resulting warring.

  1. Otto Preminger


  2. Leon Uris


  3. Dalton Trumbo


Top Billed Cast

  1. Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Ari Ben Canaan

  2. Eva Marie Saint

    Eva Marie Saint

    Kitty Fremont

  3. Ralph Richardson

    Ralph Richardson

    Gen. Sutherland

  4. Peter Lawford

    Peter Lawford

    Maj. Caldwell

  5. Lee J. Cobb

    Lee J. Cobb

    Barak Ben Canaan

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Status Released

Release Information

  • March 27, 1960


Original Language English

Runtime 3h 28m

Budget $4,000,000.00

Revenue $21,750,000.00



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