Exodus
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Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, Exodus is a 212-minute screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by Leon Uris. The film is concerned with the emergence of Israel as an independent nation in 1947. Its first half focuses on the efforts of 611 holocaust survivors to defy the blockade of the occupying British government and sail to Palestine on the sea vessel Exodus. Paul Newman, a leader of the Hagannah (the Jewish underground), is willing to sacrifice his own life and the lives of the refugees rather than be turned back to war-ravaged Europe, but the British finally relent and allow… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watchable mainly for the sheer skill and drive of Preminger's direction, although at 220 minutes even that long outstays its welcome."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The style of filmmaking is simply too polite and serene to carry the edgy, dangerous material of Uris's novel"
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"A stirring chronicle of Israel's struggle for independence in 1947."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In the end, one should take from this picture a shaken feeling of having been through a lot of harsh and ennobling experiences."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Preminger's ambitious chronicle of the formation of the State of Israel contains some stirring moments, but as an epic it's too sprawling, overlong, and lacks dramatic center."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Propaganda masquerading as drama, it makes for a decidedly turgid viewing experience."
‑ , Film4
"Intelligence applied exactly where it is most rare: in the lavish, star-studded epic."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Otto - let my people go!"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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