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Sword of Gideon (1986)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | TV Movie 29 November 1986
Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

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Jean
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Carl
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Mordechai Samuels
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Shoshana
John Hirsch ...
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Jeanette Von Lesseps
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Carls Widow
Daniel Alfie ...
Ali Salameh
Hrant Alianak ...
Sonia Benezra ...
Mrs. Hamshari
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Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

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First shown on Canada's CTV network and later on HBO as a four hour miniseries. See more »

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Gen. Harrari: [Speaking at his first meeting with the unit] There are seven men on your list. Each one of them is responsible for the death of innocent people, some of them Jewish, like the athletes at Munich, some of them Christians, like the pilgrims at Lod Airport. You will be responsible for the death of each one of them. An eye for an eye. You are Israeli justice. You are the Sword of Gideon... unsheathed.
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Version of Munich (2005) See more »

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An Eye for an Eye
5 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With the upcoming release of Steven Spielberg's film Munich, I think it would be a good idea for many people interested in this subject to go out and find this gem (and little known) film to watch first.

There are a few films out there that I never tire of watching -- this is one of them. This is an intelligent film that doesn't gloss over the inner conflicts that each of the Mossad agents must struggle with while performing a "righteous act" for their country to avenge the murders of their fellow Israelis (the 11 athletes).

Moreover, the incorporation of a very well played Golda Meir and her reverberating quotes really bumps this movie up a notch in my view. The makers of this film could have easily sidestepped the decision makers roles, leaving it as a viewer assumption, but fortunately they did not.

This is not a campy "Delta Force" revenge movie from a Chuck Norris/Steven Segal genre of films. The Sword of Gideon challenges us to ponder the real and complex problems of ethics, righteousness, honor, and duty. I'll be interested in seeing how much of this movie Spielberg leverages in "Munich."


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