One Day in September

One Day in September

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Jamal Al Gashey, Gad Zahari

     
 

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In 1972, athletes from around the globe gathered in Munich, Germany for the Olympic Games. However, the Olympic spirit of brotherhood and peaceful competition was shattered when eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' quarters to take the Israeli team hostage, resulting in the violent deaths of eleven athletes. In One Day in September, director KevinSee more details below

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In 1972, athletes from around the globe gathered in Munich, Germany for the Olympic Games. However, the Olympic spirit of brotherhood and peaceful competition was shattered when eight Palestinian terrorists invaded the athletes' quarters to take the Israeli team hostage, resulting in the violent deaths of eleven athletes. In One Day in September, director Kevin Macdonald mixes newsreel coverage of the tragedy with interviews of witnesses and participants (including Jamil Al Gashey, the only surviving member of the terrorist cadre Black September who were responsible for the killings), as they discuss what happened, and how a dangerous situation turned tragic and deadly . Produced by two-time Oscar winner Arthur Cohn,One Day in September earned Cohn another trophy when it received an Academy Award as Best Documentary Feature.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
This recounting of the worst 24 hours in the history of the Olympics makes it clear how naïve much of the world was in 1972 when it came to dealing with the brand of ruthless terrorism that has haunted Americans since their own September tragedy 29 years later. Much of the blame for the Olympics disaster, the film makes clear, should fall on German officials. Happy to host an Olympiad, the first in their country since the infamous 1936 Berlin Games, they discouraged tight security at the Olympic Village, allowing the terrorists to walk in unchallenged with a group of athletes returning from a night of carousing. At the air force base where the hostages were to be rescued, a disorganized assault led to their deaths, and the government subsequently dealt away the three terrorists it did manage to capture in a hijacking hostage swap. The film is an exciting blend of pertinent TV news coverage and contemporary interviews, all of which add a sense of perspective; none more so than the one with the lone surviving terrorist, whose two companions have been assassinated by Israeli intelligence commandos.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2005
UPC:
0043396133181
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus Trailers ; Talent Files; Interactive Menus ; Production Notes ; Scene Selections ; Direct Link to the Simon Wiesenthal Center Website

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One Day in September
1. Start [2:05]
2. Ankie Spitzer [1:14]
3. Jamal Al Gashey [3:49]
4. 1972 Israeli Olympic Squad [2:45]
5. Jacov Springer [8:51]
6. September 5: 4:42 A.M. [2:07]
7. Gad Zabari [2:45]
8. The Olympics of Terror [2:10]
9. Manfred Schreiber [:33]
10. The Communique [2:05]
11. The Hostages [1:20]
12. General Ulrich K. Wegener [2:51]
13. Magdi Gohary [2:39]
14. The Second Victim [3:51]
15. Wrong & Selfish [4:06]
16. German Initiative [4:44]
17. "The Last Time I Saw Him." [1:19]
18. A Terrible Impression [1:29]
19. Volunteer Squad [5:42]
20. A New Demand [1:37]
21. The Police Plan [4:10]
22. Bus to Helicopter Transfer [2:35]
23. Esther Roth [3:25]
24. "He Voted to Abandon." [2:09]
25. All Hell Breaks Loose [5:42]
26. Too Optimistic [1:58]
27. Very Bad News [5:30]
28. Aftermath [7:18]

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