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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.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Tony Kushner (screenplay), Eric Roth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 69 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Avner
Daniel Craig ... Steve
Ciarán Hinds ... Carl
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Robert
Hanns Zischler ... Hans
Ayelet Zurer ... Daphna
Geoffrey Rush ... Ephraim
Gila Almagor ... Avner's Mother
Michael Lonsdale ... Papa
Mathieu Amalric ... Louis
Moritz Bleibtreu ... Andreas
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Sylvie (as Valéria Bruni Tedeschi)
Meret Becker ... Yvonne
Marie-Josée Croze ... Jeanette the Dutch Assassin (as Marie-Josee Croze)
Yvan Attal ... Tony - Andreas' Friend
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Storyline

After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a covert 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

France | Canada | USA

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 1972 Munich Olympics Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,152,260, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:

$47,403,685

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,358,645
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the posters in the athletes' apartment is of Masada (captioned in Hebrew script). Masada is of great significance in Jewish history, as it is a fortress Hebrew rebels held out in against Roman troops. Many of the rebels were killed or committed suicide, but it relates to the themes of death and resistance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Outside the hotel in London, a taxi goes over a speed bump, which wouldn't have been there in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[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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Prelude to a Kiss
Written by Duke Ellington (as Edward "Duke" Ellington), Irving Gordon & Irving Mills
Performed by Stan Getz
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Spielberg's Journey
7 February 2006 | by batlehSee all my reviews

Ever since he has journeyed into serious films (starting with "Empire of the Sun" and then "Schindler's List"), Steven Spielberg has been searching for a method of making violence unattractive to moviegoers. "Schindler's List" was, of course, shocking, but this first attempt at strong violence did not quite have the intended effect. I know that a lot of people (including me) feel saddened by the film, but SL's violence could seem distant at times, like the audience was merely an observer. "Saving Private Ryan" was the second great attempt at making moviegoers detest violence, but this seemed easily dismissed as a war film, showing events that would probably never happen again, like showing violence in a distant universe. Munich is his latest effort, and it shows Spielberg's feeling that his previous films, although progressive, had not quite 'hit the mark'.

The violence shown in Munich is, perhaps, the most brutal realistically intentioned violence ever shown on film. I say 'realistically intentioned' because, like the average moviegoer, I have not witnessed people getting shot or blown up, so I don't know what those events would actually look like. There are many signs in the film that Spieberg is trying to improve on his earlier efforts. The guns in the film are REALLY loud when fired. This has the effect of putting you in the fight, making it more intimate when someone IS shot. The bullet wounds and remains after explosions are quite gruesome. When someone dies in this film, no matter what side they are on, you feel no happiness, no relief or awe. You feel a sense of death, nothing dramatic, just blank and empty. For this reason, Munich is one of the most important films to have come out, and perhaps it is Spielberg's best ('Raiders' is too superhuman to be included on that list). Spielberg deserves the best director for this one.


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