Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 65 nominations.
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164 min

Best place we went to

since we've been here.

Definitely, man.

Way to go, buddy.


You guys coming back to my

place? All right. Let's go.


Aw shame, shame.

Closing down the beer garden.

Hundred-meter dash powered

by knackwurst and lager.

Where are you guys from?

What's your event?

They don't speak English,


Let's help them over.

Come on. Up?

Here you go.

Let's go.

I got you. Come on.

Up. Yeah. All right?

You guys take care.

See you.

Take it easy.

See you.

You're taking

the grade tomorrow.

Watch yourself, man.

I'm Jim McKay

speaking to you live...

at this moment,

from ABC headquarters...

just outside the Olympic

village in Munich, West Germany.

The peace of what have been

called the "serene Olympics"...

was shattered just before dawn

this morning, about 5.:00.

There is great uncertainty

about how many Israelis...

are being held hostage

in the apartment.

It now appears that Black September

has tossed a piece of paper...

out the window.

A list of demands.

They want what they call

"the Israeli war machine"...

to release 200 Arabs, which it

insists are political prisoners...

or the hostages

will be killed.

The terrorist communiqu ends

with an appeal...

for revolutionaries

of the world to unite.

This is building

number 31. At this moment...

eight or nine terrified

living human beings...

are being held prisoner.

The demands have been many-

There's someone right now.

This certainly has to be

one of the guerrillas.

A man with a stocking mask

on his face. Weird.

What's going on inside

that head and that mind?

Just a short

while ago, there was...

another in this long series

of negotiations.

The spokesman for the group

came out, spoke, went back.

It seems to be a process

of speak and consultation.

Does it mean it's all right?

Or does it mean it's all over?

Come and get us.

As Peter Jennings indicated,

the German army...

because of very

complicated laws...

would not be allowed

to participate.

And there you see an athlete

holding a canvas bag...

in which is obviously

a machine gun.

Peter Jennings, once again,

is stationed...

inside the Olympic village.

With the naked eye, Peter...

what do you see now?

Jim, there are

now a great many...

maybe a dozen already,

of those security men...

in athletic uniforms.


It now appears that the siege

of the apartment building...

where the hostages are being

held has been called off...

and the German police

are retreating from the area.

Officials seem to have decided

to abandon their plans...

when the leader of the fedayeen

came out of the building...

and demanded

they call off the siege...

pointing out

that the entire operation...

was being watched

on a television set...

within the apartment.

Apparently, new demands have

been made to move the fedayeen...

and their hostages,

though it isn't yet known...

when or where

this might occur.

This is Peter.

Do you have something...

to report to us

from where you are?

This is Cosell.

I certainly do, Peter.

We have an immense flurry

of action here.

Suddenly, in the whole area between

building 20 and building 12...

they have been clearing

out cars.

Obviously wary of an assault

from the German police...


five minutes.

What I'm hearing

from here is that...

they're heading to an airport

called Frstenfeldbruck.

...says the chopper

just landed...

at the back

of the Olympic village here.

Can you see gate number seven?

This is Vance Kolvig.

What I have seen are...

four hostages

in one helicopter...

and it looks like five hostages

in the first helicopter.

Yes, I just got back

a little while ago...

and it was obvious

that something...

quite serious

was going on out there.

Here we are, outside the

gates. There are armored cars...

police cars...

Police are pouring in through

the gates with lights flashing...

and here come some more. Five,

six, here comes another one.

Seven armored cars have gone

in through the gates now.

They're mounting

a major invasion.

The latest word we get

from the airport is that...

quote, "all hell has broken

loose out there. "

It's just arrived, Peter.

The bus has arrived...

to the helicopters.

We have reports now...

that all the hostages,

all nine hostages are safe.

We repeat, we have confirmed,

it's just past 1.:00 a. m.

The fighting ceased

at midnight.

Well, that's at least 24

we've seen go in...

and now we can see

the lights flashing...

There was a terrible battle at

the airport, but the hostages...

somehow the hostages are safe.

And, according to these

reports, all Arab terrorists...

have died by German gunfire.

Originally it was said

that the hostages were safe...

but now that has been changed.

An Olympic spokesman

said that...

Of the areas in the

world, this is one of the areas...

They've spent their youth,

their young people...

they've spent all their money

on wars.

Now they have a chance to build

their nations. These nations...

And, of course, they're compatible.

The Arabs and the Israelis...

are perfectly compatible

as far as I can tell.

And now, as you say, Peter,

you're quite right.

They've been jolted apart

again, as they were...

seeming to come just a little

closer. Little hope.

We've just gotten the final

word. When I was a kid...

my father used to say our greatest

hopes and our worst fears...

are seldom realized. Our worst

fears have been realized tonight.

They've now said that

there were 11 hostages.

Two were killed

in their rooms...

yesterday morning.

Nine were killed

at the airport tonight.

They're all gone.

...before a quiet

crowd of 80,000.

After the ceremony,

the surviving team...

saw the coffins

of their fallen comrades...

loaded onto an airplane

to bring them home together.

Enormous crowds also gathered

on Dizengoff Street...

and in Jerusalem on the plaza

in front of the Knesset.

People are weeping,

tearing their clothes.

The funerals, which will be

held tomorrow in Jerusalem...

are expected to draw

tens of thousands of mourners.

These are the names of the

members of the Israeli team...

at the Munich Olympics,

who were held hostage...

beaten, and finally murdered

by Arab terrorists.

Yosef Gottfreund.

Eliezaar Halfen.

Yakov Springer.

Dr. Wadi Haddad.

Abu Daoud.

Mahmoud Hamshari.

Andre Spitzer.

Zeev Friedman.

Kehat Schur.

Wael Zwaiter.

Dr. Basil al-Kubaisi.

Kamal Nasser.

Mark Slavin.

Amitzur Shapira.

David Berger.

Kemal Adwan.

Abu Youssef.

Mohammed Boudia.

Yosef Romano.

Moshe Weinberg.

Hussein al-Chir.

Ali Hassan Salameh.

As all of Israel mourns, of

course everyone says prayers...

for the people...

I tried not to think

about you, but I couldn't.

...a very private, terrible grief

in the days and years to come.

I have the world's most boring

job. What's going to happen to me?

Well, they were just athletes.

They went to the Olympics.

Look what happened

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Tony Kushner

Anthony Robert "Tony" Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He co-authored with Eric Roth the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, and he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln, both critically acclaimed movies. For his work, he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013. more…

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