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Munich (2005)

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Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.



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After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.

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Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled 1972 Munich Olympics Project  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,040,860 (USA) (23 December 2005)


$47,379,090 (USA) (24 March 2006)

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The film crews called the shooting of the movie as a "race against the clock". In order to have the film ready by Christmas for Academy Awards consideration, Steven Spielberg and editor Michael Kahn devised an editing schedule in which:
  • 1) All of the scenes in Malta and Hungary shot in twelve weeks were edited on the spot. Each day Spielberg would review an edited scene shot two days earlier.

  • 2) Two copies of the edited scene were sent out, one to John Williams for music and the other to Ben Burtt for sound effects.

  • 3) The Paris and New York scenes were edited two weeks after photography and the final cut was readied after another two weeks.

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When Avner checks his TV, he is holding a MagLite in his mouth. The first MagLite was introduced in 1979, and the model he's holding was introduced in 1984. See more »


[first lines]
American Athlete: Hey! Oh! Shame, shame! Closing down the beer garden. 100 meter dash powered by knackwurst and lager.
American Athlete: Where are you guys from?
American Athlete: What is your event?
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References Jules and Jim (1962) See more »


Written by Giorgos Mitsakis
Performed by Talking to Charos
Courtesy of Arc Music Productions Int., Ltd
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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A Half Cooked Masterpiece
23 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

Steven Spielberg has absolutely everything at his disposal, he can make an epic in no time at all. But, even he must know that films, most films have a soul and that can't be rushed. Why the need to rush this film into screens? For Oscar consideration? If there was a film that needed nurturing and thought was this one. The length is a flaw in itself. It makes it appear self indulgent and, quite frankly,annoying. If one could, and one should, put that aside, "Munich" is a remarkable experience. Tony Kushner and Eric Roth deal with people in all its complexity - a welcome new detail in a Spielberg film - and that gives "Munich" its most powerful aspect. Eric Bana is extraordinary and the humanity of his gaze is confusing and recognizable at the same time. His crying at hearing his child's voice over the phone is as real as his hardness when he massacres his targets. The controversy raising after the first public screenings seems pre-fabricated by a marketing machine. The questioning of Bana's character and the appalling nature of revenge can't be controversial it's at the base of human nature. To call Spielberg "no friend of Israel" is as absurd as it is suspicious. No, this movie is a thriller, based on actual events, directed by the greatest craftsman of the last 30 years in a record amount of time. Go see it.

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