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The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Michael Douglas ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Ankie Spitzer ... Herself
Jamal Al Gashey ... Himself
Gerald Seymour ... Himself
Axel Springer ... Himself
Gad Zahari ... Himself
Shmuel Lalkin ... Himself
Manfred Schreiber ... Himself
Walter Troger ... Himself
Ulrich K. Wegener ... Himself
Hans-Dietrich Genscher ... Himself
Schlomit Romajo ... Herself
Magdi Gahary ... Himself
Zvi Zamir ... Himself
Dan Shilon ... Himself (as Dan Shillon)
Heinz Hohensinn ... Himself
Esther Roth ... Herself
Hans Jochen Vogel ... Himself
Anouk Spitzer ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Cosell ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)

Peter Jennings ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)

Jim McKay ... Himself (archive footage)

Mark Spitz ... Himself (archive footage)
Walther Tröger ... Himself

Directed by
Kevin Macdonald 
Produced by
John Battsek .... producer
Lillian Birnbaum .... executive producer
Arthur Cohn .... producer
Andrew Ruhemann .... associate producer
Original Music by
Alex Heffes 
Cinematography by
Neve Cunningham 
Alwin H. Küchler  (as Alwin Küchler)
Film Editing by
Justine Wright 
Production Management
Alice Henty .... production manager
Dean Watkins .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Amir Boberman .... sound
Amir Boverman .... sound recordist
Wilm Brucker .... sound recordist
Gillian Dodders .... dialogue editor
Mark Heslop .... sound effects editor
Brendan Nicholson .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Willi Geiger .... research and development (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Bellaiche .... additional camera operator
Raymond Depardon .... special still photographer
Jeremy Forster .... additional camera operator
Hans Albrecht Lusznat .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Peter Richardson .... computer animator
Ravi Swami .... computer animator
Editorial Department
Ian Davies .... assistant editor
Ian Moffat .... on-line editor
Nigel Shaw .... colorist
Dominic Thomson .... on-line editor
Music Department
Craig Armstrong .... composer: additional music
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Other crew
Nick Fraser .... executive: BBC
Lynn Goldner .... production consultant
Dennis Hobbs .... production accountant
Monica Maurer .... researcher
Lin McConnell .... researcher
Felix Moeller .... researcher
Khalil Abed Rabbo .... researcher
Jo Ralling .... production consultant
Shanti Ramakuri .... production coordinator
Alan Reich .... production consultant
Peter Richardson .... title designer
Felicitas Stark .... researcher
Ravi Swami .... title designer
Roone Arledge .... thanks
Tamar Ashuri .... thanks
Micha Battsek .... thanks
Hamish Crooks .... thanks
Steve Devlin .... thanks
Mike Devry .... thanks
Fred Emery .... thanks
Berndt Ender .... thanks
Morris Green .... thanks
Wendy Hedin .... thanks
Wilfried Huismann .... special thanks
Tom Jacomb .... special thanks
Tim Jefferies .... thanks
Peter Jennings .... thanks
Nigel Karikari .... thanks
Jo Lapping .... thanks
Galit Levy-White .... thanks
Sanford Lieberson .... special thanks (as Sandy Lieberson)
Cameron McCracken .... thanks
Nava Mizrahi .... thanks
Richard Needham .... thanks
Sebastian Palmer .... thanks
Rak Patel .... thanks
Thomas Reinecke .... thanks
Ben Silverman .... thanks
Sven Simon .... acknowledgment: archival stills provided by
Anne Rechess Spitzer .... special thanks
Charles Steele .... special thanks
Jan Wiesener .... thanks (as Dr. Jan Wiesener)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some graphic violent images
94 min
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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 »
Ulrich K. Wegener:Then there was silence. And I told the minister..."I think I have to go to look for what the police is doing. "And then I went to the captainof the police company there... and said, "Are you going to do something? You have to move your people there.You pull out the hostages or whatever, you know...See more »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Captures the feel of an era, 28 April 2006
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

I remember the 1972 Olympics from a kid's perspective (with no TV set at home). American swimmer Mark Spitz was its big star, everybody knew him. It really was the most modern and most hip event ever planned in Europe. The best architects and the best artists and designers of Germany were employed to build an Olympic village that still reflects the openness and optimism of the era. Even the logo, a kind of a spiral made of rays, is unforgettable. (The original movie Rollerball was largely filmed in the Olympic village).

One Day in September catches the atmosphere that preceded the terrorist attack perfectly, in that sense it is an accomplished exercise in style. I think there really was a kind of innocence connected with it, people truly believed that sports could be a means to bring enemies closer and that the Olympic area was regarded as something like a sacred ground which everyday worries couldn't penetrate. I assume that explains very much the clumsy reaction of the German authorities when they were faced with the act of „desecration" that constituted the callous act of the Palestinian terrorists. (I think the German officials who were ready to be interviewed for this documentary are unduly criticized for what some call indifference. Must have been hard enough for them to reminisce about something terrible for which I believe they feel at least partly responsible).

The spirit of the Munich Olympics ended with that tragedy, and the Yom Kippur war the following year with the ensuing oil crisis changed the outlook on the future completely. Somehow I feel we still suffer from the shattered hopes of 1972. And where are the Palestinians now? Terrorism doesn't pay.

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