Cinema: Futile Flight

ESCAPE TO THE SUN

Directed by MENAHEM GOLAN

Screenplay by MENAHEM GOLAN and JOSEPH GROSS

Anxious to escape prejudice and persecution in Soviet Russia, a small group of Jews plots to hijack an airliner and fly to freedom. It is a story of particular contemporary urgency. Director Golan displays the ability to separate it from all its political complexities and moral imperatives, and reduce it to clichés that everyone will understand.

Laurence Harvey, who once played the Manchurian candidate, appears here as a Moscow commissar, sporting the kind of heavy leather trench coat that suggests Slavic villainy the way a black stetson in...

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