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Escape to the Sun

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Directed by Menahem Golan
Produced by Menahem Golan
Written by Menahem Golan
Starring Laurence Harvey
Yehuda Barkan
Josephine Chaplin
Jack Hawkins
Music by Dov Seltzer
Cinematography David Gurfinkel
Edited by Alfred Srp
Noah Films
Distributed by Cinevision (U.S.)
Release dates
31 October 1972 (U.S.)
Running time
118 minutes

Escape to the Sun is a 1972 drama film written and directed by Menahem Golan and starring Laurence Harvey, Josephine Chaplin, John Ireland, Lila Kedrova and Jack Hawkins.[1][2] The film was a co-production between Israel, France and West Germany.


A group of people wish to flee the Soviet Union to escape anti-semitism and political repression, but their activities soon attract the attention of the KGB secret police. The film is based on a short story by author Uri Dan, and in turn based loosely on the events of the June 1970 "Leningrad hijack affair", in which a group of mostly Jews and two non-Jews unsuccessfully attempted to steal Soviet airplane and fly it to freedom.



  1. "Escape to the Sun". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  2. "BFI | Film & TV Database | HABRICHA EL HASHEMESH (1972)". 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 

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