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21 Hours at Munich (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Sport | TV Movie 7 November 1976
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:
Anneliese Graes
Chancellor Willy Brandt
Noel Willman ...
Georg Marischka ...
Else Quecke ...
Golda Meir
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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Originally made for TV and first aired on ABC in US, but was released theatrically outside the US. See more »


Issa: Your German guilt runs deep, hmmm?
Interior Minister Bruno Merk: You, sir, you don't know the meaning of guilt.
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The Holocaust continues
16 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have no particular affinity for the Isralies. I just happen to believe that genocide is evil, no matter who the victims are. Wheteher is be Israeli, Darfur, or Sunni Muslims in Iraq, it is evil.

This film did a credible job of showing this evil by giving us another picture of what happened in Munich in 1972. It should be seen by all to know how morally bankrupt those people are that practice genocide.

William Holden gave a great performance in one of his last films as the police chief. Franco Nero (Camelot, The Virgin and the Gypsy) was equally good as the terrorist leader.

Check this out when is shows on cable.

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