Part fact, part fiction, Cast A Giant Shadow powerfully dramatises Israel's heroic 1947-48 struggle for independence. Both realistic war story and passionate romance, it features an all star cast including Kirk Douglas, Senta Berger and Angie Dickinson as well as Yul Brynner, John Wayne & Frank Sinatra in notable supporting roles. After a brilliant career with the US army, WWII hero and Jewish American Mickey Marcus (Douglas) is called to the new state of Israel to build an army capable of withstanding it's Arab foes. Against the wishes of his wife (Dickinson), Mickey makes the journey and begins transforming a ragtag underground army into a first-class fighting machine. But, as the threat of war looms, Mickey must also confront his growing attraction to beautiful activist Magda Simon (Berger).