The Israel Film Fund Collection

Where Eagles Fly

102 Minutes, 1990
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Directed by: Uri Barbash
Production Company:Sunrise Films U.S.
Photographer: Amnon Salomon
Language: Hebrew
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Like many of Barbash’s other films, this melodrama too, whose script was penned by Assi Dayan and Benny Barbash, sees the director take on the same themes of Israeli machismo, male camaraderie and friendships forged in the army, and the Israeli male’s near-impenetrable hard veneer that recur in his body of work.
Danny (Eli Danker), a reserve duty combat pilot who now flies crop dusters as a civilian has been having recurring headaches and dizzy spells. He decides to get in touch with his old friend Neumann (Gidi Gov) from their air force days, who has since become a doctor, and see him for a check-up. When it is revealed that the headaches are caused by malignant tumours that have now spread all over his brain, Danny makes his doctor swear not to say a word to his family. He is struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, which is now also taking a toll on his relationship with his wife and son that has got increasingly worse of late, what with his son’s intention to join the IDF’s military troupe. Danny therefore decides to move out and spare his family the ordeal of having to witness his decline.

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