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7 Days in Entebbe | 2018 | PG-13 | - 1.5.5

Based on the 1976 events when a plane on route to Paris from Tel Aviv was forced to land in Entebbe, Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. A daring rescue by Israeli commandos was undertaken to free the hostages. With Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Nonso Anozie, Denis Ménochet, Lior Ashkenazi and Angel Bonanni. Directed by José Padilha. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in French, German, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman rests her head on a man's shoulder and sleeps. A man touches a woman's hand to comfort her.
 A dancer stretches her leg high over her head (like a standing split).
 A woman's blouse is unbuttoned and a man informs her discreetly (she buttons the blouse and we see a bit of cleavage). A woman's top rises up and reveals her bare abdomen. Dancers are shown wearing short-shorts and leotards that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare legs to the hips. A man sleeps bare-chested and we see his bare shoulders and chest.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Several armed guards are shot as a car and jeeps with military personnel speed toward an airport terminal (we see blood spurt); other guards on a rooftop and tower are also shot (no blood is shown). A commander of a military force is shot and killed (we see him motionless on a stretcher later). Four people inside an airport terminal are shot and killed (we see blood on their wounds and splatter on one person's arm); two men with a grenade charge toward soldiers and when they are shot, they drop the grenade and it explodes (we do not see remains).
 A man is escorted out of a room by an armed hijacker and he is shown with a very bloody face as he lies on the floor and one of the hijackers kicks him hard in the abdomen.
 A woman fires a gun into the air in a couple of scenes and yells at hostages. A man tells hostages that hijackers will kill 2 children every 24 hours and points out 2 children to start with (the children are frightened). A man and a woman take handguns out of their carry on bags in a plane filled with passengers; they yell for the people to remain seated and two other men with guns and hand grenades move through the cabins as the first man barges into the cockpit where he strikes the engineer in the head with his gun (we see a bloody head wound).
 A man holds a gun to another man's head. A hijacker with a gun follows an engineer around a plane on a tarmac in a threatening manner as it is refueled and holds a grenade under the man's chin (the gunman then gets back on the plane). A woman panics in a hostage situation and asks where she is and pleads for help; she offers a man money to help her until a hijacker comes and takes her outside (we hear her yelling as she goes and we see her unharmed later). Hostages are moved by armed hijackers from a plane to an airport terminal where they are held for several days. We see a woman with a number tattooed on the inside of her arm. Israeli passengers are gathered by hijackers and separated from the remaining passengers while they wait in an airport terminal. A hostage argues with a man and says that she will not leave when she is released; she is forced onto a bus. People yell outside Israeli government buildings to protest a lack of action to rescue hostages.
 There are many tenses scenes of people seeming nervous and anxious (both hijackers and hostages). A hostage complains of pain and fear of miscarrying and she is released from the plane to an ambulance. A man and a woman argue and the man knocks a vial of pills out of the woman's hand as she yells at him. A hi-jacked plane refuels in Libya and takes off again. Two men argue about whether one of them has killed before.
 Soldiers practice a military rescue operation and shoot at targets from a car window. Several men and a woman take target practice with high powered guns. Government and military officials discuss a rescue plan. Two men pound on a cement wall using sledge hammers to open a hole into another room.
 A man talks about an Israeli tank driving over a car with his family inside and killing them all. Israeli government officials argue about military spending and military strength. We read that the Palestinians have been fighting for their land against Israel since 1947. A man talks about Idi Amin eating people and feeding them to crocodiles. We hear that there are explosives all around an airport terminal and an airplane. A man says, "It's better if everybody dies than to negotiate." A news reporter says that 48 passengers were released. We read that Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated and that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's brother was killed during the hostage rescue mission.
 We see a photo of a dead woman with a rope around her neck in a prison cell on the cover of a newspaper and we read that she committed suicide.
 A man on a military transport plane vomits into a bucket (we hear gagging and do not see vomit). We hear a toilet flush as a man coughs and he coughs into a sink (as if he is vomiting but we do not see any vomit). A man works on plumbing pipes and brown matter seeps from the pipes before water flows. A young girl on a hijacked plane complains that she needs to urinate a couple of times. A man coughs and spits into a filthy bathroom sink (we see spittle).
 A man's office is decorated with mounted wild animal heads and pelts. We hear that toilets and sinks are broken in an airport terminal where hostages are held. A man is shown in a dentist chair. A woman cuts off her hair using heavy scissors. A dancer during a performance throws herself face first onto the stage several times (we do not see injuries).


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 1 F-word, 5 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, fascist, Zionist, filthy Germans, crazy German revolutionary), exclamations (shut-up).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman takes pills in several scenes (to keep her awake). A man pours wine for two people and one man drinks, and two men and a woman are shown with glasses of wine in an apartment. A man smokes in an airport lounge in several scenes, men smoke in offices and conference rooms in several scenes, people smoke cigarettes in an airport terminal in several scenes, people smoke cigarettes outside an airport terminal in several scenes, two men and a woman smoke in an apartment, several scenes show ashtrays filled with cigarette butts, a man smokes in bed, and a man smokes on a plane.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Liberation of Palestine, Israeli Palestinian conflict, Shimon Peres, Idi Amin Dada, Yom Kippur War, revolutionaries, Muammar Gaddafi, trust, doubts, guilt, Germans killing Jews, political oppression, life without meaning, Yitzhak Rabin, negotiation with terrorists, capitulation, dignity, shame, humiliation, refugee camps, risk, Henry Kissinger.

MESSAGE - Hostage situations rarely work out the way they are planned.

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