MunichDirector: Steven Spielberg
Much as Steven Spielberg followed 1993's special-effects blockbuster Jurassic Park with a far more downbeat and personal project later the same year, Schindler's List, in 2005 after tearing up the box office with War of the Worlds the director closed out the year with a powerful and thoughtful drama about the human costs of international terrorism. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic village, killing two Israeli athletes and abducting nine others. The kidnappers demanded safe passage out of Germany in addition to the release of Arab prisoners in Israeli and German prisons, but when they arrived at the Munich airport they were met by German police and military forces, and in the melee that followed, all nine hostages were killed. In the wake of the killings, the Israeli government gave Mossad, the nation's intelligence agency, a special assignment -- to track down and eliminate the Palestinians responsible for the death of the Israeli athletes. A young and idealistic Mossad agent (Eric Bana) is assigned to the four-man unit created to wipe out the Olympic terrorists, but while he believes in serving his country, as their bloody work goes on he begins to buckle under the weight of his work and wonders if he can morally justify his nation's acts of revenge. Munich also stars Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Ciarán Hinds.
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- Original Release:
- Universal Studios
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- [Full Frame]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|Lynn Cohen||Golda Meir|
|Makram Khoury||Wael Zwaiter|
|Yigal Naor||Mahmoud Hamshari|
|Mostafa Djadjam||Hussein Abad Al-Chir|
|Gila Almagor||Avner's Mother|
|Moshe Ivgy||Mike Harari|
|Yvan Attal||Tony (Andreas' Friend)|
|Hiam Abbass||Marie Claude Hamshari|
|Brian Goodman||Belligerent American|
|Ino Bonello||Art Director|
|Ben Burtt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rick Carter||Production Designer|
|Tony Fanning||Art Director|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Special Effects|
|Joanna Johnston||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ian McFadyen||Art Director|
|Andrew Menzies||Art Director|
|Adam Somner||Asst. Director|
|David Stephenson||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David Swayze||Art Director|
|Janos Szabolcs||Art Director|
|John Williams [composer]||Score Composer|
1. Black September [9:28]
2. Eleven Names [13:29]
3. Seeking Revenge [10:31]
4. First Target Acquired [7:57]
5. The Voice of Terror [5:57]
6. Innocent Lives [11:03]
7. A Question of Trust [8:57]
8. Significant Information [8:57]
9. Meeting Papa [6:58]
10. In the Safe House [1:43]
11. The Cost of Killing [8:55]
12. Outside Interference [10:54]
13. Isolation [9:21]
14. Evil Falls Suddenly [4:43]
15. Growing Paranoid [7:41]
16. Uncompromised Loyalty [5:29]
17. A Place On Earth [7:21]
18. Family Matters [7:57]
19. Choices [4:48]
20. End Titles [3:59]
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With "Munich", Steven Spielberg has accomplished something most people thought would never happen: He has made a film that matches up to his masterpiece, "Schindler's List". It is certainly Spielberg's best film since "Schindler's List", and it was the (overlooked) best film of 2005. As with most of his best films, Spielberg uses subject matter that is very close to his heart and heritage. In this instance, it is the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He masterfully uses the medium of the thriller to keep the audience in constant suspense during the film's actual running time, but more importantly, he gives the audience a question to take home and ponder: Is revenge beneficial? Certainly Spielberg sees vengeance as a necessary tactic in certain situations, but it is crucial that the party seeking it knows what they want the outcome to be and whether or not objectives can be reached. In our war on terror, this is a question that should be pondered. Whatever the message, this is a phenomenal film that people will come to admire more as the years pass on. It's just too good to pass by.
this movie is the best!! it's beautifully done and very interesting! a must!!
When the Black September Organization (BSO) terrorist group attacked the Israeli Wrestling Team athletes at the 1972 World Olympics, the world held its breath. And then, the unthinkable happened. In a single furious instant at Furstenbruck Airport near Munich where German sniper teams botched the rescue, they were dead, all of them dead and butchered by the Black September terrorists. There was a previous movie about these events made in the 1970s and starring Michael York, Rod Steiger and Steven Bauer, "THE SWORD OF GIDEON". Like Speilberg's "MUNICH", it was true to the events at Munich, and the long hunt for the perpetrators and planners by combined Mossad-Commando teams. I have a quote at the beginning of a manual I wrote for the U.S. Government in 1985: "Terrorists who take hostages and spill their blood, who kill innocents with impunity, should be paid in their own coin but at higher interest." The man who said it was Colonel Joshua Shani, Israeli Air Force. And I think he was right. After the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in September 2001 by Al Qaeda terrorists, the U.S. had similar choices to make. Only history will show whether we succeeded or failed. And, "MUNICH" does an excellent job of showing what the Israelis took upon themselves to ensure that a similar atrocity never happened again. A long time ago, I stood on top of Masada by the Dead Sea and watched young Israeli military officers take their oath of office. On Masada. The symbolism was lost on no one, and in the near 100 degree heat, I had goosebumps and my hair stood on end. Yes, I thought then and think now, we could learn from them.
ERIC BANA is an excellent actor and his true talent is displayed in this film. Apart from being GORGEOUS he does a fantastic job at re-creating this tragic story. A MUST SEE FILM
The best picture of 2005. Of all the nominees for best picture Munich should have won. It is based on the true story of the 1972 Olympic massacre in Munich,west Germany in which members of the terror group BLack September slaugtered 11 israeli athletes competing in the olympics. The film follows operation wrath of god, which was the response to the attack by hunting down and killing those responsible. While there are many errors in the story it is still a powerful heartbreaking film, every thime I watch it I can't help but cry when they show the murder of the athletes. The need for vengence was justified. The score including the opening theme is very haunting. I have the 2 disk limited collector's edition which now appears to be out of print but is great with a lot of behind the scenes documentaries.
Don't get me wrong, Spielberg is a great director and this was a brutally honest true thing that happened. However, except for the graphic fight scenes and the emotional weight that dwells upon the folks who hunt down and terminate the people responsible for the Munich attacks, the movie dragged and just when you think it will end, it drags on another half-an-hour more. The plot was interesting but by the third hour you are worn out and pleading mentally for it to end so you can go to bed. Some may say Speilberg's best. Halfway decent in my opinon but certainly nothing special.
The begining made my heart pound.The greatest moment in movie history: an athlete,in his underwear, instead of running to safety picks up a knife and stabbs a terrorist in the head.Very brave and like a nightmare.Spielberg's smart movie had moral equalivincy between murderer and executioner so natrually everyone hated it.Take that to the bank.STEVEN! PLEASE MAKE MORE MOVIES! (and don't get depressed).
"Munich" is far from Steven Spielberg's best film,but is still worth watching because of its excellent cast.Eric Bana,Geoffrey Rush,and Daniel Craig are particularly outstanding.The film is also full of Spielberg's visual flair,a top-notch production,and a moving John Williams score. So what's wrong?It's too long,for one thing. But Spielberg shares this problem with other directors.Why do all of today's big movies have to be nearly three hours?The biggest point,though,is that the movie is too one-sided.Spielberg,Kushner,and Roth have really stacked the deck for Israel.It would have been nice to see the other side,and show WHY the athletes were seized in the first place.All in all,"Munich" is an imperfect film,but one worth seeing.
More edgier than the usual Spielberg film, almost like a documentary filled with emotional and very violent scences. Revenge-filled and what's disturbing is that it's true, with the Munich tagedy of 1972. The Mossad goes full throttle and their key agent Avner (Eric Bana) goes from believer to non-believer with the confilic still raging and no end in sight. That is the final analysis of this movie.
omg this is da best movie.. ever! highly reccomended!!
This film was certainly produced with Spielberg's usual high degree of craftsmanship, but more importantly it deals with an important period in recent world history. I found the film particularly intriguing as I had recently visited Munich, and been to the Olympic park where the Israeli athletes were taken hostage.