Sixth of seven films that Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster made together.
It was in production at about the same time as Raid on Entebbe, another TV production about the same incident. The shows aired on American TV less than a month apart.
Actor Godfrey Cambridge was selected to the play the role of Gen. Idi Amin Dada, but died on the set from a heart attack early in the filming. Julius Harris took over the part.
The commander of the Israeli paratroopers, Lt Col Yonatan Netanyahu (played by Richard Dreyfuss) was the brother of Israeli political leader Benjamin Netanyahu. Yonni, as friends knew him, was the only member of the platoon to die during the actual raid when he was struck in the back by a sniper's bullet.