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One Day in September (1999)

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

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Kevin Macdonald

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Ankie Spitzer Ankie Spitzer ... Herself
Jamal Al Gashey Jamal Al Gashey ... Himself
Gerald Seymour Gerald Seymour ... Himself
Axel Springer Axel Springer ... Himself
Gad Zahari Gad Zahari ... Himself
Shmuel Lalkin Shmuel Lalkin ... Himself
Manfred Schreiber Manfred Schreiber ... Himself
Walter Troger Walter Troger ... Himself
Ulrich K. Wegener Ulrich K. Wegener ... Himself
Hans-Dietrich Genscher Hans-Dietrich Genscher ... Himself
Schlomit Romajo Schlomit Romajo ... Herself
Magdi Gahary Magdi Gahary ... Himself
Zvi Zamir Zvi Zamir ... Himself
Dan Shilon Dan Shilon ... Himself (as Dan Shillon)
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Storyline

The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Country:

Switzerland | Germany | UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

24 August 2000 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

En dag i september See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,149, 19 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$155,158, 25 February 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When One Day in September (2000) premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, Eric Bana was in attendance with his film Chopper (2000). Bana had seen One Day in September (2000) and read books on the subject. He would later go on to portray the lead role of Avner in Munich (2005) a film about the Israeli response to the 1972 Munich Olympics. See more »

Quotes

Adnan Al Gashey: It's not important to say if I killed Israeli or not.
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Alternate Versions

Israeli version narrated by Rafi Ginat, and includes updated information regarding the claims of the families against the German authorities in the subtitles at the end of the film. See more »

Connections

Version of Sword of Gideon (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Reting's Eyes
Performed & composed by Philip Glass
Courtesy of Disney
Published by Cambell Connelly & Co. Ltd.
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One Day in September
8 February 2009 | by julie_stroupSee all my reviews

I believe that what happened at the 1972 Olympics established a template for a good deal of future terrorist activity. This incident demonstrated for the first time that you could gain a world stage and the world's attention by committing an atrocity. The press has played a tacit role in terrorism since that time. Terrorists are looking for media coverage and know that the best way to get that is by executing attacks at prominent events or on large population centers.

Re. the film, the fact that the German security forces were unprepared is no surprise as there was no precedent for this type of incident in the past. Sadly, many countries including most western countries are quite prepared now.


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