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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:

12 July 2001 (Germany) 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

Gross USA:

$156,818

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,818
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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

Gad Zahari: Suddenly the reality of what's happening hits me. "As I get closer he orders me in this direction, but as he's giving me the order I push his Kalashnikov aside and run. He shoots two or three rounds at me, but I don't think about the shots, I just run. I run for about 70 metres and then jump over the village fence and into the first building I see.
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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 »

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Version of 21 Hours at Munich (1976) See more »

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The Saint
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From everything I've read here, completely misunderstood...
22 July 2004 | by si-wilkinsSee all my reviews

Everything that I've read below completely misses the point that the film seemed as far as I can tell to be making. If you're desperate for it to be making a political point you're bound to be disappointed, especially as that implies that you have a political viewpoint that you want to be confirmed - this film won't do that. It isn't a film about politics - it is a film about people and how people work; about the nature of good and evil (not of good VS evil, as everyone else seems to be reading it). It is ultimately philosophical more than political, and most of all about the nature and effects of what the religious would call "sin". If there was one point that came across it was that humans aren't born evil in the "original sin" type of sense, but they are born *responsive* into a world that contains evil.

The film forces you to be put into a position where you are made to empaphise with people who you strongly disagree with, and this feels distasteful. That's because it is, but it is most definitely valid. One of the early scenes featured the terrorist describing his childhood and how he had grown up in a refugee camp, knowing that his only chance in life came with the possibility of a Palestinian homeland - much as you hated it, you began to find yourself realising that from his viewpoint he had every right to fight for freedom and the opportunity that every child *should* deserve. You also knew that from an objective moral viewpoint his act was heinous and should be punished (after all he wasn't without choice at the point when the act occurred). You were also presented with the irony that the Israeli athlete most focused on was intent on living at peace with those of other races (i didn't see this as an attempt to make a generalisation about the Israelis so much as an attempt to show that generalisations don't work). And so his wife and child are left with the difficult choice of whether to follow the completely natural response of hatred and bitterness or somehow find an alternative way. And then there were the Germans who were keen to either set right or leave behind their shameful past and ended up just providing a stage for the terrorists and a show of their own incompetence in dealing with them.

I'm not saying this film was perfect, but bizarrely considering its subject i don't think it is primarily making a political point.


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