almost 3 years
Nothing but mere propaganda designed to butter the U.S. up with Israel in the 1960s.
Cast a Giant Shadow is a 1966 big budget, action movie based on the life of Colonel Mickey Marcus starring Kirk Douglas and Senta Berger. Yul Brynner, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and Angie Dickinson also appear in supporting roles. Melville Shavelson adapted, produced and directed.
The movie is a fictionalized account of the experiences of a real-life Jewish-American military officer, Col. David "Mickey" Marcus, who commanded units of the fledgling Israel Defense Force during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
Marcus, a former Colonel in the US Army and now retired as a New York lawyer, is approached by the Haganah who request his assistance in preparing Israeli troops to defend the newly declared state against the invasion of its Arab neighbors.
Marcus, still a reserve officer, is refused permission by the Pentagon to go, unless he uses an alias and travels as a civilian. As "Michael Stone", he arrives in Israel to be met by a Haganah member, Magda Simon, whom he immediately starts flirting...