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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.

Director:

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

Director Kevin MacDonald finally managed to persuade the surviving terrorist Jamal Al Gashey to talk on camera after eight months of fitful negotiation and numerous aborted meetings in secret locations. Al Gashey specified certain conditions prior to their actual meeting in an Arab country insisting MacDonald was to travel alone, not to inform anybody where he was going and provide a wig and moustache for Al Gashey to disguise himself when in front of the camera. The interview piece used in the documentary was filmed by somebody Al Gashey trusted. See more »

Quotes

Walter Troger: I didn't like Issa of course because of what he was doing but I could have liked him when I met him elsewhere. He was not violent, I would have even trusted him in his word, not his compatriots and his partners. They were, like, what we say in German, Galgenvogel, gallows birds. But Issa was different from them.
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Connections

Features Munich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Glasgow
Performed by Craig Armstrong
Written by Craig Armstrong/Marius De Vries
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd./Chrysalis Music Ltd.
by courtesy of Virgin Records Limited/Melankolic
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I remember...
1 March 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

One of my strongest memories of my grandparents farm was of watching the 1972 Olympics on their TV while vacationing there. I have faint memories of the tragedy that transpired thirty odd years ago and watching this documentary brings it all back for me.

This is one of the best documentaries out there. It tells simply and clearly what happened and why. Using both news footage of the event and interviews conducted recently, amazingly the interviews include one with the only surviving terrorist who is now in hiding, this story tells the tale completely and compellingly. You get sucked into it even though you know whats going to happen, or think you do. The amazing thing about this film is that even if you know what happened it still manages to surprise you with new information that wasn't available before.

This is a sad story told compellingly.


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