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Trivia for Operation Finale

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  • One of the filming locations was the little town of Olivera, near the Mayor city of Luján, province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Michael Hernandez (Dani Shalom) is the younger brother of Oscar Isaac.
  • At the time of his capture in 1960, Adolf Eichmann was fifty-four. In the flashback scenes, when the Final Solution was decided (1942), Eichmann was thirty-six. At the time of filming, Sir Ben Kingsley was seventy-four.
  • Eichmann was previously played by Robert Duvall in The Man Who Captured Eichmann (1996), making this the second role that Duvall and Sir Ben Kingsley have shared. They previously played Doctor Watson, in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976) and Without a Clue (1988).
  • Sir Ben Kingsley plays Adolf Eichmann. In Murderers Among Us: The Simon Weisenthal Story (1989), he played Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley has played three survivors of the Final Solution: Otto Frank in Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List (1993), and Simon Wiesenthal in Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story (1989).
  • Mélanie Laurent appeared in Inglourious Basterds (2009) as a Jewish girl who escapes a Nazi officer hunting her down, and later plays a key role in taking revenge against the Nazis while hiding her true identity. Here, she plays a Jewish girl hunting down an escaped Nazi high ranking officer while also hiding her identity.
  • Eichmann was responsible for organizing transport of Jews by rail to the concentration camps and those actions (among others) were part of the basis of the guilty verdict handed down by the Israeli court. This relationship is not explicitly stated in the movie. However, it is alluded to in the opening credits in which a hand (presumably Eichmann's) is shown pushing pins into a map of central Europe with the names of concentration camps and European cities on small flags. Those scenes are interspersed with shots showing train schedules. At the end of the opening credits, the camera pulls back to show the map fully with red lines indicating the railroad routes to the camps.
  • A scene from Imitation of Life (1959), featuring Susan Kohner, is shown when Sylvia and Klaus meet at the theater. Kohner is the mother of Director Chris Weitz.
  • Adolf Eichmann was not particularly well-known as a Nazi outside of Germany until his escape from capture after the war. Prior to Eichmann's capture and trial which brought focus to his responsibility in transporting victims to the camps, the man most associated with being "architect of the Final Solution" was Reinhard Heydrich, who was assassinated during the war.
  • The razor Peter uses for shaving says Solingen on the side. Solingen is a town in Germany which is renowned for the manufacturing of fine swords, knives, scissors, and razors. It is also the town where Adolf Eichmann was born.
  • The aircraft used in the movie to extract Eichmann was a Bristol Type 175 Britannia. This is period correct for an El Al aircraft of the time.
  • Harel, the Mossad Director that oversaw the capture of Eichmann wrote a book: "The House on Garibaldi Street" that described in detail the operation.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley claimed that he kept a photo of Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel in his pocket while he was on-set, as a reminder of his historical responsibility, and also as a reminder that he was intent on honoring Eichmann's victims rather than focusing on Eichmann. Kingsley added that after his previous research of Nazis for other films he found no surprises researching Eichmann, and was not inclined to spend an inordinate amount of energy on the man's psychology.
  • Remake of the 1979 movie "House on Garibaldi Street".
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