The State of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors.  An Israeli activist, Ari (Paul Newman), attempts to get as many ex-European Israelis out of Cyprus containment camps where they have been taken by the British after WWII. Palestine doesn’t want them and neither does anybody else. But Ari decides to get as many as possible to Palestine in hopes of forcing the United Nations’ hand in setting up an Israeli Free State there.
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Released Dec. 15, 1960

“THE EXODUS SONG (THIS LAND IS MINE)” …the song that has become like a second national anthem for many Jews.

Pat Boone wrote the lyrics to Ernest Gold’s stirring “Exodus” theme.  His vocal recording (the first ever) of “The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine)” debuted on January 23, 1961 and stayed on the Billboard charts for 6 weeks, peaking at #64.  That year Gold took home two Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Best Soundtrack Album.
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After getting 600 onto a ship and being blockaded by the British in Cyprus, he manages to get the ship to Palestine where he comes into conflict with the Arab leader, once a childhood friend.  Romantic interlude is supplied by Kitty Fremont (Eva Marie Saint) a recently widowed American nurse.

The film’s title is taken from the 1958 book by Leon Uris, who took the eponymous title from the name of the ship, Exodus.  Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning score by Ernest Gold.

Length: 3hr 28min

Production Company: United Artists
Director: Otto Preminger
Producer:  Otto Preminger
Written by: Leon Uris (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
Music by: Ernest Gold

“The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine)” with Boone’s English lyrics has also been recorded by Billy Eckstine, Hank & Carol Diamond, The Four Lads, The Chordettes, Andy Williams, The Lettermen, Bobby Vinton, Peter & Gordon, The Imperials, and many others.

As the official Christian Ambassador to the Holy Land, Pat Boone has been standing with Israel for more than 50 years.  During that time, he’s donated countless hours and dollars to support the nation.  But the legendary entertainer’s latest gift took on a decidedly prophetic twist he believes only God could have orchestrated.

Pat visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to donate the Christmas card on which he scribbled the original lyrics for “The Exodus Song (This Land Is Mine)” and present it to Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu.




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