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One Day in September (1999)

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

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Cast

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

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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

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24 August 2000 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Egy nap szeptemberben  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,149, 19 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,158, 25 February 2001
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Kevin MacDonald finally managed to persuade the surviving terrorist Jamal Al Gashey to talk on camera after eight months of fitful negotiation and numerous aborted meetings in secret locations. Al Gashey specified certain conditions prior to their actual meeting in an Arab country insisting MacDonald was to travel alone, not to inform anybody where he was going and provide a wig and moustache for Al Gashey to disguise himself when in front of the camera. The interview piece used in the documentary was filmed by somebody Al Gashey trusted. See more »

Quotes

Manfred Schreiber: I offered them an unlimited amount of money in exchange for the hostages, this offer was rejected. They said 'it is not a question of either money or substitute hostages but only of the 200 prisoners.
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Connections

Version of 21 Hours at Munich (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Minus 61 in Detroit
Performed by David Holmes
Courtesy of Go! Beat/Polydor UK Limited
Licensed by kind permission from The Film & TV Licensing Division, part of the Universal Music Company
Written by David Holmes
Used by kind permission of Universal Music Publishing Ltd.
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Strong, Powerful Documentary
12 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of the most vivid memories of my youth was seeing Jim McKay in his yellow blazer, announcing, "They're all gone" as news broke of the deaths of the Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972. I was a 10 year old who loved sports and the Olympics -- it was the first time an international news event touched and upset me.

Watching "One Day in September" brought it all back. Any documentary about this horrific event is bound to upset and stir emotions, but this is wonderful filmmaking, including some blisteringly well-done editing and use of music of the day.

It is not easy viewing but it is well-worth the time and emotion you will spend. Don't miss this.


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