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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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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6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Untitled 1972 Munich Olympics Project  »

Box Office

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Mosko Alkalai filmed scenes as Avner's (Eric Bana) father. See more »

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When Avner and Ephraim are walking along the beach, they pass Joe Quattromani twice. The first time, nothing is on the ground near him. The second time, he is next to a briefcase. See more »

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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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Intense, worth every minute
6 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another dip in the Spielberg pool and I come away drenched in emotion. I was a freshman in high school in Texas during the Munich games. I was stunned by the events and understood little.

Today, I am still stunned by Munich and every terrorist act that followed, but I understand so much more and grieve. Spielberg gives us a powerful glimpse into the meaning of home, family, honor, history, ethics, and faith. The movie is not about the Jews and Arabs. It's about human beings. It's about us.

The narrative is driven by our connection to Avner. We watch as Eric Bana opens himself up in a way that the likes of a George Clooney in Syriana only dreams of.

This is a must see.


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