Kippur (2000)

Filmmaker Amos Gitai was a first-hand witness to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, in which troops from Egypt and Syria chose one of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar to launch a surprise attack on Israel. This film examines the short but… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 3, 2000
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

A patience-trying docudrama almost completely devoid of any trace of narrative structure or even defined characters.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

The relentless attention to the sheer awfulness of war, which is the film's great strength, is also something of a shortcoming.

Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies

As bloody or breathtaking or heroic as these gussied-up Hollywood depictions of armed human conflict might try to be, none of them capture the true hellacious chaos of war like Israeli director Amos Gitai's Kippur.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A classic war film, at once elegiac and immediate, that takes you smack into the chaos of combat yet is marked by a detached perspective.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A powerful film both intimate and epic, Kippur far exceeded my expectations. While I found his last film, Kadosh, to be overly melodramatic and drawn out, the mix of humour and horror in this film work well to create an extremely effective movie.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

Gitai's forceful direction realistically captures the chaos, dislocation and agony that the helicopter team witness and experience.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Gitai plunges the viewer into the reality of modern warfare, in which the enemy is often invisible -- we never see the Syrians in Kippur -- and battle lines are often unclear.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A near-masterpiece.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's as good a war film as I have ever seen, and that includes the gritty hard-nosed Sam Fuller's autobiography "The Big Red One."

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
Amos Gitai's fictional examination of the Yom Kippur War of 1973 is presented without pretense or embellishment. Like the conflict that inspired it,… More
Dimitris Springer
Ignore the usual comments regards to the flow of the film.It's sheer film-making at it's most possible and at it's most believable.The Israeli… More
An Israeli film about the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Largely based on director Amos Gitai?s own experiences, it tell the story of a soldier placed in a chaotic… More