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Cast a Giant Shadow

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Cast a Giant Shadow
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Melville Shavelson
Release Date 1966
Language English
Studio Batjac Productions
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
"Mickey" Marcus Kirk Douglas
Magda Senta Berger
Asher Yul Brynner
Ram Oren Stathis Giallelis
General Randolph John Wayne
Vince Frank Sinatra
Major Safir James Donald

Cast a Giant Shadow is a 1966 war movie about the struggle for Israeli independence. It is based on the true story of David "Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas), a Colonel in the United States Army and World War Two veteran, who agrees to act as an advisor for the Haganah during the 1948 War of Independence. Marcus, initially reluctant, becomes devoted to the cause as he confronts his attraction to a beautiful Jewish activist, Magda (Senta Berger).

The following weapons appear in the film Cast a Giant Shadow:


Colt M1911A1

"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) and General Randolph (John Wayne) carry the Colt M1911A1 during their service in World War Two. Marcus draws his briefly in one scene, but it is never seen in enough detail to screencap.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) has a Colt M1911A1 in a hip holster.

Enfield No.2

Major Safir (James Donald) carries an Enfield No.2. Although it is never used, the model can be confirmed by the shape of the holster. "Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) carries one during a raid on a Syrian depot.

Enfield No.2 Mk.I - .38 S&W
Marcus running with an Enfield No.2
Major Safir (James Donald) with a holstered Enfield No.2

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) and other paratroopers carry the M1928A1 Thompson during the D-Day jump. When going shopping on Christmas eve, Marcus admires a fake Thompson (looking very much like the real one, except for size).

M1928A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) and other paratroopers "hook up" whilst carrying the M1928A1 Thompson.
Marcus examines the fake Thompson.

Sten Mk II

Haganah and Palmach fighters, including Magda (Senta Berger), Asher (Yul Brynner) and Ram Oren (Stathis Giallelis), use the Sten Mk II. Vince (Frank Sinatra) fires a Sten from his airplane, until it jams and he throws it out of frustration.

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
A Haganah fighter assembles a Sten Mk II.
A Haganah fighter fixes the stock to a Sten.
Marcus with a Sten.
Haganah fighters fire the Sten from an armored car.
"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) and a fighter with a Sten.
Magda (Senta Berger) with a Sten.
Asher (Yul Brynner) fires a Sten at Arabs.
Vince (Frank Sinatra) cocking the Sten.


Karabiner 98k

A German sniper can be seen using a Karabiner 98k in World War Two. Haganah and Palmach fighters use the 98k during the War of Independence.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German sniper carries a Karabiner 98k as he climbs atop a church tower.
The sniper fires his 98k.
Bolting the rifle.
A paratrooper with a captured Karabiner 98k.
A Palmach fighter with a 98k attacking the Latrun fortress.
A Haganah sentry with a 98k with bayonet.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*

The main weapon of the Arab armies and militia is the Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III*.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* - .303 British
Close-up of the Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk III* in the hands of a British soldiers.
An Arab with a .303.
An Arab fires his Lee-Enfield at the armored car.
British soldiers prepare to fire warning shots with their rifles.
Haganah fighters impersonating Arabs with slung Lee-Enfield rifles.
An Arab Legion infantryman works the bolt of his rifle.
Egyptian infantrymen advance with .303 rifles.
Arab Legion soldiers fire the Lee-Enfield from the Latrun fortress.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

Syrian and Arab Legion soldiers Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I - .303 British
A Syrian soldier with a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I with bayonet.
"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) with a Lee-Enfield.
An Arab Legion soldier with a Lee-Enfield No. 4.
Attacking Legion soldiers with No. 4 rifles.

M1 Garand

American soldiers fighting in World War Two carry the M1 Garand.

M1 Garand - .30-06
US Army soldiers firing the M1 Garand at a German sniper.
American sentries at Dachau with rifles slung.

VZ-24 Czech Mauser

Haganah troops are armed with the VZ-24 Mauser.

Czech VZ-24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Haganah sentry with a VZ-24 Czech Mauser.
The sentry aims his Mauser.

VZ-33 Czech Mauser

In one scene, a weapons cache delivered to the Haganah contains the VZ-33 Mauser.

Czech VZ-16/33 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A crate of VZ-33 Czech Mauser's.
One of the Mauser's.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk1

Haganah fighters, including Ram Oren (Stathis Giallelis), use the Bren Mk1, often mounted on jeeps. British soldiers use them, as do the Arab Legion infantry defending Latrun.

Bren Mk1 - .303 caliber
British soldiers can be seen aiming the Bren Mk1 from the back of transport trucks.
A Bren mounted on a Haganah jeep.
A Haganah fighter fires the Bren.
An Arab Legion soldier loads a new magazine into the Bren.
An Arab Legion infantryman fires his Bren at the attacking Palmach.
Ram Oren (Stathis Giallelis) fires the Bren at charging Arab Legion soldiers.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 is pintle-mounted on M4 Sherman tanks used by the Egyptian Army. Haganah troops also use them mounted on jeeps.

Browning M1919A4 - .30-06 Springfield
The Browning M1919A4 mounted in the hull of an M4 Sherman.
The Browning M1919A4 mounted on Haganah jeeps.

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB is mounted on the turret of Egyptian M4 Sherman tanks.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
The Browning M2HB mounted on the turret of an M4 Sherman.

Hispano-Suiza HS.404

The Hispano-Suiza HS.404 is mounted on Haganah M3 Halftracks as an improvised anti-tank weapon.

Hispano-Suiza HS.404 - 20mm
An M3 Halftrack with a mounted Hispano-Suiza HS.404.
Haganah fighters fire the HS.404 at Egyptian Shermans.

MG 34

The MG 34 is used by Haganah fighters, including "Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas), mounted on jeeps.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
"Mickey" Marcus (Kirk Douglas) fires the MG 34.
Mickey with the MG 34.
The MG 34 mounted on a Haganah jeep.
The MG 34 behind Marcus.

Vickers Mk1

The Arab Legion soldiers defending Latrun use several Vickers Mk1 machine guns with ribbed water jackets.

Vickers Mk 1 machine gun with ribbed water jacket - .303 British
Arab Legion soldiers fire a Vickers Mk1 from a tower.
A machine gun crew firing the Vickers.

ZB-53 / Vz.37

The ZB-53 / Vz.37 is mounted on Haganah jeeps.

ZB-53 / Vz.37 machine gun on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A ZB-53 / Vz.37 firing from a Haganah jeep.

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