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Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

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After Black September's assassination of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black-box operation to hunt down and kill all involved. A team of five gathers in Switzerland led by Avner, a low-level Mossad techie whose father was a war hero and whose wife is pregnant. It's an expendable team, but relying on paid informants, they track and kill several in Europe and Lebanon. They must constantly look over their shoulders for the CIA, KGB, PLO, and their own sources. As the body count mounts -- with retribution following retribution -- so do questions, doubts, and sleepless nights. Loyalties blur. What does it mean to be a Jew? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The world was watching in 1972 as 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics. This is the story of what happened next.


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Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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6 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Untitled 1972 Munich Olympics Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,040,860 (USA) (23 December 2005)

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$47,379,090 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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Trivia

To create the blue pastel effect in the Beirut scenes, special Fuji film stocks were used exclusively. The notable challenge for that was that it has to be processed in a Fuji lab (in this case in France) since most Technicolor labs use Kodak calibrations and a reprint is required if there was a case of a print printed to the wrong specifications. See more »

Goofs

When Avner and his crew are in Rome, you can see a 2000-style trash can. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
American Athlete: Hey! Oh! Shame, shame! Closing down the beer garden. 100 meter dash powered by knackwurst and lager.
American Athlete: Where are you guys from?
American Athlete: What is your event?
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Soundtracks

Ela-Ela
Written by Bambos Zacharias and Savvas Paphiti
Performed by Romiosini
Courtesy of Arc Music Productions Int., Ltd
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Thought-provoking and filled with emotion
8 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was just incredible! I didn't know if I would like it, but I'm so grateful that I saw it! It was intense and so filled with emotion. You have to be in the mood for something deep, it's definitely not a light movie. It was like a documentary, with all the news clips and so on. We always see things on the news about the fighting and the hatred, but this movie shows us a glimpse of the actual people who are affected and their emotions. It's not a typical Hollywood movie, at ALL. I didn't even know that it was a Spielberg movie until the very end, and I'm glad I didn't know. It was just such a "real" movie, not fake or dramatic or forced. It was like you were watching a real man going through real experiences, and you never feel like you're taking sides, you just get lost in the hopelessness of it all. Although you feel like the situation is hopeless, you don't feel like the movie was a waste of time, because this is a real conflict in the world, and you just feel a little more informed, and thankful for that. The movie was so interesting and deep, I hope that everyone will go see it.


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