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.
Rotten Tomatoes:
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...

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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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