Otto Preminger's 1960 adaptation of Leon Uris's novel Exodus
is a sprawling tale of the founding of modern Israel, starring Paul Newman as a resistance leader. The film works best as an example of Preminger's estimable skill with all levels of drama and action, but as a reflection upon history it is compromised by stereotypes, unpersuasive relationships and a certain moral ambivalence about issues related to the subject. There are good and exciting sequences, however, particularly one involving an effort to break through a British blockade and get to the homeland. --Tom Keogh
Inspired by Leon Uris international best-seller, this extraordinarily moving chronicle of the rebirth of a people and the establishment of a nation is the ultimate experience in human drama. Nominated for three Academy Awards and winner for Best Score, Exodus
is an exciting, dramtic, scenic, panoramic and deeply moving masterpiece.
Ari Ben Canaan (Paul Newman), a commander of the Israeli underground, manages to lead 600 Jews from the detention camps of Cyprus on to a large freighter bound for Palestine. But British forces soon learn of his plan and insist that he turn back. Undaunted, Ari and his passengers refuse to give up, risking their lives for the greater cause of Israeli independence.