One Day in September (1999)

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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Ankie Spitzer ...
Jamal Al Gashey ...
Gerald Seymour ...
Axel Springer ...
Gad Zahari ...
Shmuel Lalkin ...
Manfred Schreiber ...
Walter Troger ...
Ulrich K. Wegener ...
Hans-Dietrich Genscher ...
Schlomit Romajo ...
Magdi Gahary ...
Zvi Zamir ...
Dan Shillon ...


The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation. Written by Jon Reeves <>

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Rated R for some graphic violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Egy nap szeptemberben  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$15,149 (USA) (17 November 2000)


$155,158 (USA) (23 February 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When One Day in September (2000) premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Eric Bana was in attendance with his film Chopper (2000). Bana had seen One Day in September (2000) and read books on the subject. He would later go on to portray the lead role of Avner in Munich (2005) a film about the Israeli response to the 1972 Munich Olympics. See more »


Gad Zahari: Suddenly the reality of what's happening hits me. "As I get closer he orders me in this direction, but as he's giving me the order I push his Kalashnikov aside and run. He shoots two or three rounds at me, but I don't think about the shots, I just run. I run for about 70 metres and then jump over the village fence and into the first building I see.
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Version of 21 Hours at Munich (1976) See more »


Performed by Kronos Quartet
Composed by Elliot Goldenthal
Copyright New Regency Music/WB Music Corp.
Used by kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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I remember...
1 March 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

One of my strongest memories of my grandparents farm was of watching the 1972 Olympics on their TV while vacationing there. I have faint memories of the tragedy that transpired thirty odd years ago and watching this documentary brings it all back for me.

This is one of the best documentaries out there. It tells simply and clearly what happened and why. Using both news footage of the event and interviews conducted recently, amazingly the interviews include one with the only surviving terrorist who is now in hiding, this story tells the tale completely and compellingly. You get sucked into it even though you know whats going to happen, or think you do. The amazing thing about this film is that even if you know what happened it still manages to surprise you with new information that wasn't available before.

This is a sad story told compellingly.

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