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Munich (23-Dec-2005)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Tony Kushner

Based on a book by: George Jonas

Keywords: Drama, Israel, Olympics, Terrorism, Assassination, Revenge, Explosions

Historical thriller details the Mossad's mission to eliminate terrorists responsible for the killing of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Adapted from the George Jonas memoir Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, Munich provides viewers with director Steven Spielberg's dramatization of events surrounding Palestinian terrorist organization Black September's murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany and subsequent Mossad efforts under the direction of then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir to track down and exact revenge on those responsible. A moderate commercial success, Munich was warmly received by most mainstream critics, though some Jewish organizations raised concerns with Spielberg's depiction of Israeli ethics and motives.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mathieu Amalric
25-Oct-1965   Late August, Early September
Eric Bana
9-Aug-1968   Hulk, Chopper
Moritz Bleibtreu
13-Aug-1971   Run Lola Run
Robert John Burke
12-Sep-1960   Fr. Mickey on Rescue Me
Daniel Craig
2-Mar-1968   The current James Bond
Ciarán Hinds
9-Feb-1953   Munich
Mathieu Kassovitz
Film Director
3-Aug-1967   La Haine
Michael Lonsdale
24-May-1931   Moonraker
Geoffrey Rush
6-Jul-1951   Shine, Quills


Review by anonymous (posted on 7-Mar-2006)

Political events caught up in movie celluloid always provoke a cross section of views as to the extent of fact versus fiction and Spielberg's latest tour de force will outrage many and encourage others that the truth is out there somewhere. The plot centres on the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympic Village in 1972. What follows is a systematic series of targeted assassinations and retaliations between the Israeli secret service and the Black September Palestinian group. I am loathed to describe them as terrorists as throughout the movie there is no distinction between the executions on either side. Spielberg will not have made any new friends in his own Jewish community but one has to applaud his gaul at challenging the version of the truth offered by Israel and the West about what happened. On another level it focuses on the emotional rollercoaster of the leader of the Israeli death squad, one Eric Bana. Here lies the real meat of this movie as we share with him the anger, hatred, fear and ultimately pointlessness of what evolves as he loses hisfellow group and has nightmares about his own family becoming targets in the future. The film ends with a paranoic edge as we all look over our shoulders as to when we may be expendable for the cause. As Willard was told in Apocolypse Now, "This mission does not exist" You become stateless and rich but in fear forever. AstaHugo Mar 2006

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