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21 Hours at Munich (1976)

A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Edward Hume (screenplay), Howard Fast (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
Shirley Knight ... Anneliese Graes
Franco Nero ... Issa
Anthony Quayle ... General Zvi Zamir
Richard Basehart ... Chancellor Willy Brandt
Noel Willman ... Interior Minister Bruno Merk
Georg Marischka Georg Marischka ... Genscher
Else Quecke Else Quecke ... Golda Meir
Michael Degen Michael Degen ... Mohammed Khadif
Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili ... Touny (as Djamchid Soheili)
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Feldhaus
Jan Niklas ... Schreiber's Aide
Ernest Lenart Ernest Lenart ... Ben Horin
Osman Ragheb Osman Ragheb ... Prime Minister Sedki
James Hurley James Hurley ... Avery Brundage
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Storyline

The infamous attack on Isreali athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village during the 1972 Munich Olympics is chronicled in this made-for-TV movie and supplemented with archive footage from the actual games. Members of the Palestinian Black September Movement kill two and hold nine others as hostages to exchange for hundreds of Arab prisoners in Isreali jails. The Isreali government adheres to its policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and German Holocaust guilt will not permit West German officials to allow the terrorists to leave the country with the hostages. Therefore, it falls to Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber to delay fulfilling the Palestinian demands through ongoing negotiation, but sooner or later he knows that tough decisions will have to be made. Written by duke1029

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The most violent episode in the history of terrorism.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

7 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty-One Hours at Munich See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The three surviving terrorists were later traded by Germany as part of the Lufthansa hi-jacking negotiation. See more »

Quotes

Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber: We have the building surrounded. We're still waiting word from Israel. Until then we're working with one hand.
Avery Brundage: Just so long as it's a firm hand.
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Version of Munich (2005) See more »

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By Nurit Hirsch (as Nurit Hirsh)
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The terror olympics
5 April 2009 | by ssimon55See all my reviews

The film does a good job of depicting the terrorist attack on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Unlike "Munich" which only spends a few minutes dramatizing the terror attacks & spends the rest of the film on Mossad actions tracking down the terrorists, this film shows the horror of the terror attack.

A much better film on the subject is the documentary "One Day in September" (1999) which won an Oscar for best documentary. The film does a good job of showing the ineptitude of German police forces & the intransigence of the IOC, which would not suspend the games for even one day while the terrorists murdered athletes & held others hostage.


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