Munich

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
After 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the Israeli government secretly recruited a hit squad from its Mossad intelligence agency and mandated the death of the Black September operatives responsible for the bloodshed. This state-sponsored retribution campaign -- rumored for years but only recently detailed in such books as George Jonas’s Vengeance -- forms the basis of Steven Spielberg’s masterful Munich, a grimly compelling fact-based drama that’s something of an epic thriller. Eric Bana portrays Avner, the young, newly married Mossad agent who leaves his pregnant wife to head the team -- a job he undertakes, at great personal risk, because he believes (initially, at least) that the murders of his countrymen must be avenged. The other four members of his team include: Daniel Craig as tough guy Steve; Mathieu Kassovitz as explosives specialist Robert; Hanns Zischler as forgery master Hans; and, best of all, that versatile character actor Ciaran Hinds as the meticulous organizer Carl. Adopting a much grittier visual style than usual, Spielberg films the key events of this lengthy campaign as a documentarian might, frequently employing handheld cameras and shooting with natural light whenever possible. Moreover, he bends over backward to be evenhanded, turning a gimlet eye on the Israeli government run by Golda Meir. This stance aroused considerable controversy, but Spielberg wasn’t looking to score points with Palestinians and their supporters; he was trying to make a larger point. It becomes apparent in the movie’s second half, when the revenge plot unravels and the assassins become targets themselves. Bana’s character, weary of the killing on both sides, begins to wonder if his side has lost the moral high ground. Spielberg intimates that the never-ending cycle of violence, of attack and retaliation, further exacerbates the Middle East problem and makes peace more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Easily among the master director’s most provocative films, Munich earned five Academy Award nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Score (the work of John Williams).
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Munich differs from all of Steven Spielberg's previous historical epics because, for the first time, the director is using the past to comment on the present. One of Spielberg's peerless talents is the ability to create tension-filled sequences. Munich's structure, following the exploits of a group of Israeli agents hunting down the terrorists responsible for the murder of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, allows Spielberg to put this talent on display throughout the movie. Each of these sequences is varied so that the film avoids becoming visually repetitive even though it clocks in at close to three hours. Though the film works strictly as a thriller, the excellent script traces the gradual emotional and psychological changes that occur to Avner (Eric Bana), the man leading the group. While he never questions the importance of what he does, or really the moral authority to do it, the film does not flinch from the consequences of living in a constant state of alertness fueled by paranoia and fear. The film acknowledges both the visceral thrill and the interior decay that results from vengeance -- a word that once served as the film's working title. Munich does not carry the weight of history that, say, Schindler's List does partly because Munich exists not in a black-and-white world of good and bad actions, but instead reveals a world full of grays. Munich, although about historical events, is very much about what America asks of itself during the war on terrorism. The screenplay is savvy enough to make these themes universal so that the film will not lose its power over time, but setting the film's final sequence with the World Trade Center in the background should tip audiences to the fact that Spielberg has created a very personal reaction to current events. Taken with the same year's politically pointed remake of War of the Worlds, Munich reveals Spielberg to be, at 60, a director committed to making important films that address the tenor of the times.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • UPC: 025192182327
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 2:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,411

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Avner
Daniel Craig Steve
Ciarán Hinds Carl
Mathieu Kassovitz Robert
Hanns Zischler Hans
Ayelet Zurer Daphna
Geoffrey Rush Ephraim
Michel Lonsdale Papa
Mathieu Amalric Louis
Lynn Cohen Golda Meir
Marie-Josée Croze Jeanette
Makram Khoury Wael Zwaiter
Yigal Naor Mahmoud Hamshari
Omar Metwally Ali
Moritz Bleibtreu Andreas
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
Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi Sylvie
Meret Becker Yvonne
Brian Goodman Belligerent American
Hicham Nazzal Guard
Guy Zo-Aretz Commando
Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director, Producer
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
Michael Kahn Editor
Janusz Kaminski Cinematographer
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Tony Kushner Screenwriter
Ian McFadyen Art Director
Barry Mendel Producer
Andrew Menzies Art Director
Eric Roth Screenwriter
Adam Somner Asst. Director
David Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
David Swayze Art Director
Janos Szabolcs Art Director
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Colin Wilson Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Munich [WS]
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 Lies [11:03]
7. A Question of Trust [8:57]
8. Significent Information [8:57]
9. Meeting Papa [8:41]
10. In the Safe House [8:55]
11. The Cost of Killing [10:54]
12. Outside Interference [9:21]
13. Isolation [4:43]
14. Evil Falls Suddenly [7:41]
15. Growing Paranoid [5:29]
16. Uncompromised Loyalty [7:21]
17. A Place on Earth [7:57]
18. Family Matters [4:48]
19. Choices [3:59]
20. End Titles [7:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Munich [WS]
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      Spoken Language: English 5.1
      Spoken Language: Français 5.1
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      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Important period in modern history

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazingg

    omg this is da best movie.. ever! highly reccomended!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disconcerting

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Flawed but worthwhile Spielberg

    "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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant.

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    vengence deserved

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boooooooooring

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bana is HOTTTTTTTT

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    this movie is the best!! it's beautifully done and very interesting! a must!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Picture of 2005

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tells It Like It Was and With a Passion!

    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.

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