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21 Hours at Munich (1976)

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A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
Anneliese Graes
Noel Willman ...
Georg Marischka ...
Else Quecke ...
Michael Degen ...
Mohammed Khadif
Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili ...
Touny (as Djamchid Soheili)
Walter Kohut ...
Schreiber's Aide
Ernest Lenart ...
Ben Horin
Osman Ragheb ...
Prime Minister Sedki
James Hurley ...


The infamous attack on Isreali athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village during the 1972 Munich Olympics is chronicled in this made-for-TV movie and supplemented with archive footage from the actual games. Members of the Palestinian Black September Movement kill two and hold nine others as hostages to exchange for hundreds of Arab prisoners in Isreali jails. The Isreali government adheres to its policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and German Holocaust guilt will not permit West German officials to allow the terrorists to leave the country with the hostages. Therefore, it falls to Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber to delay fulfilling the Palestinian demands through ongoing negotiation, but sooner or later he knows that tough decisions will have to be made. Written by duke1029

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The most violent episode in the history of terrorism.


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7 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Twenty-One Hours at Munich  »

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After the massacre the Isreali security force Mossad used two clandestine operations to track down those who participated in any way with the planning or execution of the hostage operation including two of the three surviving terrorists although some sources dispute that. These operations were chronicled in the films "Sword of Gideon" and "Munich." See more »


Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber: We have the building surrounded. We're still waiting word from Israel. Until then we're working with one hand.
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A cold vision of a human tragedy
29 July 2002 | by (Brasilia, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Accurate but cold vision of the frightful events that took place in Munich in 1972 when the Israeli delegation of athletes is kidnapped by a bunch of Arab terrorists.The movie tries to be a faithful documentary of this political disaster but although his serious and impartial view - a good point - the outcome is just a cold and not gripping retelling.

I give this a 5 (five).

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