In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
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
Actor and Director Mathieu Kassovitz had left strict instructions to his agent that he would not take any acting assignments at all, as he wanted to fully concentrate on directing features. However, this film was an exception. According to him, he accepted the role of Robert, because he jumped at the chance to work with Steven Spielberg. See more »
Just before the credits roll, Avner asks probing questions of Ephraim. They are in a small park on the north end of Gantry Plaza State Park, near 48th. Ave. & Center Blvd., just north of Avalon Riverview, Queens West, Long Island City. SSE across the East River are the high-rises of Peter Cooper Village behind Avner and to his left (our right), and the low-rises of Stuyvesant Town directly behind him. The World Trade Center towers have not been digitally added to these shots - "Break bread with me, Ephraim" - but have been added to the pullback about a minute later. See more »
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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