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Munich (2005)

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  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,040,860 (USA) (25 December 2005)

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$47,403,685 (USA)
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The painting on the wall, behind Avner, in the "safe-house" scene is 'Children Eating Grapes and a Melon' by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. The painting currently resides in Alte Pinakothek, Munich. See more »

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When Avner is leaving his apartment in New York, a yellow "rubber bumper" MGB is present in the line of cars on the side of the street. The federally mandated rubber energy absorption bumpers were not installed on MGBs until late summer of 1974 as a 1974/5 model. The age of Avner's daughter would seem to suggest this scene takes place sometime before then. See more »

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[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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Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

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But Beautiful
Written by Johnny Burke & Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Stan Getz
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Means even more if you watched the tragedy of Munich 1972
29 December 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I don't think the "perfect" movie has been made yet. I don't know that a masterpiece is necessarily perfect, so, viewers will undoubtedly find faults in this movie, some of which have already been expressed in the comment section. But masterpiece or not, I really liked this movie. It told a particular side of the story and told it well. And if you witnessed any of the tragedy of Munich in the summer of 1972, you feel a connection to the events portrayed in this movie. We, the audience, become a member of the hit squad able to empathize with the angst in becoming assassins with consciences, as collateral damage does matter. But the trouble with trying to maintain a conscience is that each notch on the belt is another slash of your humanity ripped from your soul. You squirm from living in the uncertainty of trusting people you are suspicious of in order to fulfill your mission. You nervously plan the pathway to the next target. You seethe with the frenzy of the kill. You perpetually twitch in the paranoia of becoming the hunted, "sleeping" with one eye open and a finger on the trigger. In the beginning you are swept away by your sense of duty to God and country above all else. In the end you are cynical, angry and afraid about what you have done and what you have become.

There are many other sides of this story. It is left to other movies or media to tell those versions. I won't take this one as a definitive history lesson on the subject. Instead I'll take it as a captivating tale of a struggle of life and death played on a complex stage of geopolitics.


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