Munich

Munich

DVD - 2006
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It's the 1972 Olympics and PLO terrorists have just kidnapped and murdered 11 Israeli athletes. After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner to lead a team of undercover agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one. It is physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team's handler, Ephraim, over information Avner doesn't want to provide only make things harder. Soon the work starts to take its toll on Avner, especially as it becomes clear that Avner is being hunted in return, and that his family's safety may be in jeopardy.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781417080915
1417080914
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 164 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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A good but not great film loosely based on true events (it takes many liberties with the truth and omits a lot of uncomfortable and inconvenient aspects of the story). It moves slowly and jumps around all over the map. You rarely know where they are. Also, the timeline of assassinations is not made clear until very late in the film. Lastly, the ending was a confusing mess and, ultimately, a letdown.

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RescueDog
Jun 12, 2017

The DVD includes a short introduction by Steven Spielberg. Do watch this before watching the movie! He explains why he chose to make this film as well as what is fact & what is fiction.

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patch666
Mar 21, 2017

One of Spielbergs best recent films. Great acting ,cinematography and music. Explores the moral and ethical complexities Spielberg usually avoids. There is no fluff or happy endings here. Just death nd revenge and the weight it burdens us with.

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britprincess1ajax
Aug 04, 2016

Compelling for a half-hour and dull as dirt the rest of the time, MUNICH is one of Spielberg's lesser films, reaching too far, so far that it ends up falling, toppling forward to land flat on its face. The story is interesting and tragic, the actual details of what happened back in 1972 and the acts of retaliation that ensued, but the film that we ended up with didn't capture any of that spark. Cut in half, MUNICH could have been a thrill ride with an important historical lesson to boot, smart and moving and mesmerizing as good films are, but sadly, what we're left with was a bonafide snore-fest. I don't recommend MUNICH.

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taviwan
May 17, 2016

I personally love watching movies based on true stories, to understand nations, behavior, and consequences. This is another good one.

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DASTardlyGal
Jan 03, 2016

Saw this years ago, and decided to check it out again, with news about Ankie Spitzer finally getting the Olympic association to acknowledge the murdered athletes, wanted to watch it again, and even checked out "One Day in September" again. Even though, I'm suspect of Steven Spielberg's motive, I did enjoy this movie as much as I did the first time I saw it. Even though, I have since found out that MOSSAD doesn't use groups such as the group that Louis and his father ran, I found it very interesting that shadowy groups like that might (or might not) exist. And the first time I saw this, I thought it was all true. I have since found out, a lot of it is a fairy tale, I still found it a very good movie and would watch it again and again. Seeing the little bit of what happened to the martyred Israeli athletes helps in visualizing what happened to them. Sometimes, just reading words just doesn't cut it. I remember when this happened, but I was really young, and really didn't care or understand but, I do remember, I thought this only brought the Palestinians into a bad light in my eyes. I couldn't understand, if they didn't come to kill them, then why did they kill all of the Israelis in the end, and even now, that I'm older and know better, I still ask myself this. Can only come to the conclusion (then and still now) that they came to kill them, period. That was how they were going to make their point. I can only hope that the Israeli martyrs are resting peace, and I won't say anything about the terrorists because they aren't worth my time or words or thoughts. Anyway, I highly recommend this movie. I read a comment from someone who said parts of the movie were boring. I, respectfully, have to disagree. Even my daughter who has the attention span of a gnat sat and watched the whole thing with me.

harrybrowne Mar 12, 2015

Brilliant portrayal of one of the most horrific events of the 20th century. Authentic in every detail, it seems so real it is painful to watch. The only other Spielberg film I have seen is "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," which was awe-inspiring. As this one is.
Eric Bana is superb as the morally conflicted Avner; so are Geoffrey Rush (see him in "The King's Speech") and Daniel Craig (better than the insipid James Bond). Spielberg shows the range of emotions these people felt, which is very honest. No sugar coating, it is brutally told.
Music , editing and scenery are outstanding.
The Israeli operation of jusice was ingenious: slow, steady and imaginative. And ultimately successful. Eleven murdered athletes were avenged, and that is the best part.

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Onewhoissaved
Feb 18, 2015

I believe Eric Bana was an excellent choice to star in this film of the tragic murder of Israeli athletes in the Olympic held in Munich. Too little has been remembered about the these assassinations based totally on the athletes being Jewish and their murderers representing Palestinians. I wonder if our failed President Obama would have spoken out about the wonderfulness of Islam instead of lamenting the murder of Jewish people. The film is very good but we should be careful to call this entertainment. Murder should never be seen as entertaining.

hania4987 Dec 23, 2013

a wonderful cast and some good storytelling (with some missed opportunities to make it great) of the after-effects of a terrible event

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tj_is_cool
Aug 16, 2011

Fairly good. Violence begets violence.

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Jun 17, 2008

Violence: Many people are shot or bombed and killed.

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