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The International Airport in Entebbe, Uganda, became the center of the world the 27th of June, 1976. A terrorist group kidnapped an Air France plane coming from Tel Aviv, and made it land in the African country. Two Palestinian of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and two German from the Revolutionary Cells were the brain of the operation. Hijackers demanded for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel, Germany and Sweden, but since a majority of the hostages were Jew, the shadow of Nazism didn't take long to appear. Israeli army starred one of the most astonishing rescue missions in History. José Padilha, who helmed 'Elite Squad', directs this film inspired in actual facts, and which stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl.
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.
This story has been told before, but not quite like this, considering the new information that is now available. The movies that told this story were 'Raid on Entebbe' (1976), 'Victory at Entebbe' (1976), and 'Operation Thunderbolt' (1977).
A lot of the film was shot in Luqa, Malta, at the International airport. A day after filming wrapped in Malta, a real hijacked Libyan airplane landed very close to where the set was.