21 Horas en Munich (1976)
21 Horas en Munich (1976)
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Critic Reviews for 21 Horas en Munich
Relates in a straight-forward and dry methodical way to the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
...undoubtedly a vast improvement over Spielberg's nigh unwatchable Munich.
Audience Reviews for 21 Horas en Munich
Mediocre retelling of the Munich olympic games tragedy. Acting is less than stellar, except for William Holden. The story is compelling and tense, but could have been filmed more effectively. Overall, however, it is worth watching. Maybe.
Stephen Speilberg directed and co-produced this incredible true story of an Arab terrorist attack on an Olympic village in Munich. Outstanding as the action starts almost immediately, detailing every move of the cowards that attacked olympic Israelis after six years of their athletic work. The whole point of this sad plan by William Holden is that he dicked (negotiated) around with these criminals long enough instead of following a general's repeated sound advice to attack, attack, attack. Instead body bags are everywhere. What a piece of crap ending even though true. It just shows us we want a good ending no matter the details. The only real problem I have with this film is the way the spokesman for the killers controls all the actions of everyone. The woman used to speak to the leader of this group is constantly begging and pleading for a change as if that really matters to this nut. Plenty of chances occured to kill him. And having William Holden, now aged quite a bit, and other Olympic representatives visiting these killers constantly and speaking like they are negotiating a trip to Florida. This spokesman for the Arab mob is too unsure of himself and his mission as he complies to every proposition of the police. It gets a bit tiring, unless it is true to reality. Hour by hour every detail of this true event is shown. William Holden stars with Richard Basehart and others to re-enact this incredible story of hate, revenge and irreconcilable differences between an Arab faction and the state of Israel. A gang of eight Arab terrorists storm the Israeli dormitory, killing two and taking hostage nine athletes. The terrorist's demands include the release of 200 Arabs held in Israeli jails; Israel follows its standard policy in dealing with terrorism and refuses to capitulate. There can be only one way that this film will end. 21 Hours At Munich tells the tragic story of the Black September terrorists who took Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Olympics and issued a demand to the government of Israel that a couple of hundred of their comrades be freed for the lives of these athletes. It was a story that gripped the world at the time and is still sadly relevant for today. NOTES: 1) Roger Ebert praised the film, saying that "With this film (Spielberg) has dramatically opened a wider dialogue, helping to make the inarguable into the debatable." and placed it at #3 on his top ten list of 2005. 2) The film received five Academy Award nominations, including the Best Picture, but did not win any awards. 3) The named members of Black September, and their deaths, are also mostly factual. Abdel Wael Zwaiter, a translator at the Libyan embassy in Rome, was shot 11 times, one bullet for each of the victims of the Munich Massacre, in the lobby of his apartment 41 days after Munich. 4) On December 8 of that year Mahmoud Hamshiri, a senior PLO figure, was killed in Paris by a bomb concealed in the table below his telephone. Others killed during this period include Mohammed Boudia, Basil al-Kubasi, Abad al-Chir, Zaid Muchassi, some of whose deaths are depicted in the film. Ali Hassan Salameh was also a real person, and a prominent member of Black September. He was killed by car bomb in Beirut in 1979. Directed by Steven Spielberg Produced by Kathleen Kennedy Steven Spielberg Barry Mendel Colin Wilson Screenplay by Tony Kushner Eric Roth Based on Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas Starring Eric Bana Daniel Craig Ciarán Hinds Mathieu Kassovitz Hanns Zischler Geoffrey Rush Ayelet Zurer Michael Lonsdale Mathieu Amalric Gila Almagor Moritz Bleibtreu Music by John Williams Cinematography Janusz Kamiński Editing by Michael Kahn Distributed by United States: Universal Studios International: DreamWorks Release date(s) December 23, 2005 (2005-12-23) Running time 163 minutes Language English, Hebrew, German, Italian, French Budget $77 million Gross revenue $130,358,911 Cast Cast overview, first billed only: William Holden ... Manfred Schreiber Shirley Knight ... Anneliese Franco Nero ... Issa Anthony Quayle ... Zamir Richard Basehart ... Willy Brandt (German President) Noel Willman ... Merk Georg Marischka ... Genscher Else Quecke ... Golda Meir Michael Degen ... Mohammed Khadif Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili ... Touny (as Djamchid Soheili)
Little seen these days, but a gripping true account of the 1972 Olympics massacre. When terrorism hit home for many of us for the first time.
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