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7 Days in Entebbe

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7 Days in Entebbe
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States of America
UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by José Padilha
Release Date 2018
Language English
Studio Participant Media
Working Title Films
Distributor Focus Films (United States)
Entertainment One (United Kingdom)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Brigitte Kuhlmann Rosamund Pike
Wilfried Böse Daniel Brühl
Zeev Hirsch Ben Schnetzer
Yonatan Netanyahu Angel Bonanni

7 Days in Entebbe (internationally released as Entebbe) is a 2018 crime thriller/terrorist drama directed by José Padilha and starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. Set over the course of seven days in June-July 1976, the film is the latest recreation of the now famous Operation Thunderbolt, when Israeli commandos of the Sayeret Matkal (commonly known as The Unit) launched a risky counter-terrorist hostage-rescue operation to free hostages from an Air France Airbus A300 which had been hijacked by four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFPL), including two left-wing Germans (Pike and Brühl), and flown to Entebbe, Uganda in collaboration with the infamous dictator Idi Amin.

The following weapons were used in the film 7 Days in Entebbe:



Beretta Model 70

Suppressed Beretta Model 70s are used by The Unit, most notably Yonatan Netanyahu (Angel Bonanni) and Zeev Hirsch (Ben Schnetzer). During the raid, several shots fired from the Beretta infamously failed to stop Ugandan Army sentries, forcing one of the commandos to open fire with an AK-47, giving away surprise.

Beretta Model 70 Suppressed - .32 ACP
A holstered Beretta Model 70.
Zeev Hirsch (Ben Schnetzer) draws his suppressed Model 70.
Zeev and Yonatan Netanyahu (Angel Bonanni) practise with the pistol.
Netanyahu and another Commando fire the Beretta during the raid.

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 is used by Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) and one of the Palestinians during the hijacking.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Post-1947 version. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips
Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) initiates the hijacking with a Tokarev TT-33.
Close-up of the TT-33 as Böse holds it on the Air France Captain.
Böse holds the Tokarev on the Flight Engineer whilst he makes a PA announcement.
A Palestinian hijacker with a TT-33.
A Tokarev sits next to a briefcase.
Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) fires a TT-33 to quell unrest.

Walther P38

Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) uses a Walther P38 during the hijacking.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) cocks her Walther P38.
Close up of the P38.

Submachine Guns


One of The Unit's commandos fires an IMI Uzi at Ugandan soldiers in the airport control tower during the raid.

IMI Uzi with buttstock extended - 9x19mm
A Unit commando (right) fires an IMI Uzi on automatic.
The commando fires single-shot.

CZ Vz. 61 E Skorpion

One of the Palestinian hijackers carries an CZ Vz. 61 E Skorpion.

CZ Vz. 61 E / Yugoslavian made M84 distinguishable by its black pistol grip - .32 ACP
A Palestinian hijacker brandishes a CZ Vz. 61 E Skorpion.
The hijacker with his Skorpion.



The AK-47 is far and away the most commonly used weapon in the film, being used by Palestinian hijackers (including Böse and Kuhlmann), Ugandan soldiers and The Unit commandos, mostly notably Yonatan Netanyahu (Angel Bonanni).

AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) and his comrades in the PFLP practise with AK-47's at a training camp in Yemen.
Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) with an AK-47.
Close up of an AK-47.
The Unit commandos, mostly armed with the AK-47, listen to a briefing.
Palestinian hijackers armed with the AK-47.
Ugandan soldiers armed with the AK-47.
A Unit commando fires his AK-47 at a Ugandan sentry, giving away the element of surprise.
Böse aims his AK-47.
Yonatan Netanyahu (Angel Bonanni) charges with his AK-47 shortly before being gunned down by Ugandan MG fire.
A Palestinian hijacker desperately fires his AK.
Böse and Kuhlmann aim their AK-47's.
A Unit commando guns down Böse and Kuhlmann.


Zeev Hirsch (Ben Schnetzer) and several other The Unit commandos use the folding stock AKS-47.

Type III AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm
Zeev Hirsch (Ben Schnetzer) draws his AKS-47 from the armory.
The folding stock.
The Unit commando on the right can be seen with an AKS-47.
Zeev with his AKS and Beretta.
Zeev prepares his rifle.
Zeev (right) and another commando breach the terminal building.


One of the Palestinian hijackers carries an AKM.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
A Palestinian hijacker with an AKM.
Close-up of the AKM barrel.

Heckler & Koch G3A3

Most of the Ugandan soldiers at Entebbe Airport can be seen with the Heckler & Koch G3A3.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with slimline handguard. This example is equipped with Olive-Drab colored furniture; H&K also produced this furniture in Black and "Jungle"-Green (referred to as "Police Green" in German circles). Saudi Arabia would also produce G3A3 rifles with light tan furniture - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Ugandan soldier with a Heckler & Koch G3A3 as Idi Amin addresses the hostages.
Ugandan soldiers with G3A3 rifles.


An IDF MP can be seen carrying what appears to be an M16A2 during protests. This would be anachronistic, as the M16A2 didn't enter service almost a decade after the Entebbe raid.

Colt M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
An IDF MP with an M16A2.

Machine Guns


The Unit commandos use the FN MAG 58 during the Entebbe raid, both man-portable and mounted on land rovers.

FN MAG 58 - 7.62x51mm NATO
An FN MAG 58 mounted on a land rover.
The MAG can be seen in the left foreground.
Unit commandos fire the MAG, both man-portable and mounted.
An FN MAG next to Zeev Hirsch (Ben Schnetzer).


The PKM is used by Ugandan soldiers in the Entebbe control tower. Two PKM's can also be seen at the PFLP training camp in Yemen.

PKM with classic (most seen) version of the flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
Two PKM's seen in the PFLP training camp in Yemen.
Ugandan soldiers load a PKM.
Ugandan soldiers take cover with the PK.
Taking aim.


F-1 Hand Grenade

The hijackers use the F-1 Hand Grenade.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation Hand Grenade
Brigitte Kuhlmann (Rosamund Pike) brandishes an F-1 Hand Grenade during the hijacking.
Wilfried Böse (Daniel Brühl) brandishes the F-1 whilst taking over the cockpit.
Böse threatens the flight engineer.
Several hand grenades on a table.

See Also

Raid on Entebbe
Operation Thunderbolt

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