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Munich (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Dec 23, 2005

Budget USD 75,000,000
BoxOffice: $47.4M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language.

Running Time
2 hours, 42 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
DreamWorks SKG, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions, Alliance Atlantis Communications (in association with), Flashback Productions, Peninsula Films (executive production)

Studio Universal Pictures

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• Untitled 1972 Munich Olympics Project
• Munich (2005)

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Genre: Thriller, Drama

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

Plot: In September of 1972 an unprecedented terrorist attack unfolded live before 900 million television viewers across the globe and ushered in a brave new world of unpredictable violence.

It was the second week of the Summer Olympics, and in Munich, West Germany, the games that had been dubbed “The Olympics of Peace and Joy” were off to a rousing start with swimmer Mark Spitz and gymnast Olga Korbut wowing the crowds. Suddenly, without warning, an extremist Palestinian group known as Black September invaded the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli Olympic team and capturing nine as hostages. The tense stand-off and tragic massacre that ensued played out with stunning immediacy on television before an international populace and ended 21 hours later when anchorman Jim McKay spoke the haunting words, “They’re all gone.”

While the Munich terror was seen and felt around the world, the intensely secret aftermath of the event has remained largely unknown. Based on the events of Munich 1972 and the highly charged mission of retribution that followed—by the covert hit squad known to Israeli intelligence as “Operation Wrath of God,” one of the boldest and most aggressive assassination plots in modern history. In taut, vivid and human detail, the film takes audiences into a

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 External Reviews
external linkThe ending is not as bleak as it could be, but it will send audiences away in a reflective mood, pondering not only the events of the film, but how close Spielberg's fictionalized world of the early '70s is to our real world in the 2000s. 4/4

external linkWith this film he has dramatically opened a wider dialogue, helping to make the inarguable into the debatable. As a thriller, “Munich” is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting. And its questions are not only for Israel but for any nation that believes it must compromise its values to defend them. 4/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkIn this age of feckless and unapologetic zealotry, with leaders whose passion for extremism has led to the lamentable results we see all around us, "Munich's" even-handed cry for peace is not an act of equivocation but one of bravery. What "Munich" has to say, and its ability to say it to the widest possible audience, couldn't be more needed than it is right now.
--Kenneth Turan

external linkIn "Munich," Golda Meir states 'Every civilization finds it necessary to negotiate compromises with its own values.' Perhaps Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner ("Angels in America") have overly compromised their film, letting cool heads prevail overheated emotion. "Munich" is still a good film, but the cooler "Syriana" packs more of a punch. B,B
--Robin and Laura Clifford

external linkOn a more mundane level, the film is somewhat problematic. The structure grows repetitive at times, and though technically adroit, it only fitfully connects on the most visceral level. B+
--Rob Vaux (

external link“Munich” is among the important and best-made films of 2005.
--William Wolf

external linkFor a movie that wants me to care about it more, Munich lacks the focus to pull it off. When it's all said and done, the movie plays like a well-made thriller whose message got buried underneath its own overbearing confidence. 2.5/5
--Lee Chase IV

external link"Munich" makes the point that responding to terrorism with assassination might not be the right solution. -
--Jonathan W. Hickman

external linkIt all ends in shellshock and despair, as any honest film about war must do. Even though Spielberg loses his way at times in the existential labyrinth he’s constructed, and a few of the later espionage episodes are not entirely convincing, he’s made a brave attempt to wrestle with the impossible here. Unmissable. 4/5
--Chris Barsanti (

external linkEric Bana delivers an award-worthy performance as the conflicted but dedicated Avner, while Craig, Kassovitz, Hinds and Zischler offer excellent support as his fellow team members.
--Shawn Fitzgerald

external linkPerhaps what’s most impressive about “Munich” is the speed at which it all came together. 4/5
--Scott Mantz (

external link"Munich" is as much about guilt, as it is about revenge. Spielberg has created an intropsective look at what happens when you kill me, and I kill you, but the cycle never ends. It's a movie filled with sadness, and human loss, and for Spielberg, a remarkably mature work.
--Gary Cogill

external linkThe problem with "Munich" is simple: It asks hard questions and finds easy answers.
--Stephen Hunter (Washington Post)

external linkThis is a taut, fast-paced thriller with terrific acting. Eric Bana gives the performance of a lifetime, and everyone else is great as well. The two and a half hours just fly by, and one is left with lots to think about 3.5/5
--Eric Lurio

 Directed by
Steven Spielberg
Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Raiders of the Lost Ark
 Written by
Tony Kushner
Angels in America
Eric Roth
Forrest Gump, The Insider, The Postman
Eric Bana
Troy, Finding Nemo, Black Hawk Down
Daniel Craig
Casino Royale, Road to Perdition, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Mathieu Kassovitz
Amelie from Montmartre, The Fifth Element, Birthday Girl
Geoffrey Rush
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Nemo, Shakespeare in Love
Meret Becker
Comedian Harmonists, Rossini, Killer Condom
Hanns Zischler
The Edukators, Ripley's Game, Sunshine
Ayelet Zurer
Pour Sacha, Nina's Tragedies, Ish HaHashmal
 Music By
John Williams
Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

external linkWell, it's too bad we don't have more mainstream narrative filmmakers with that kind of audacity. Munich is the most potent, the most vital, the best movie of the year.
--David Edelstein

external linkHowever, coming from the likes of Spielberg, who can be among the best and most persuasive of filmmakers when he sets his mind to it, it just feels like it should be better and truer and deeper than it ultimately is. 3/5
--Peter Sobczynski (

external linkPresumably, Spielberg is trying to show emotional catharsis through the force of sexual climax, but it comes off as the one, lone indulgent moment (too Tony Scott for me) in a picture filled with efficiency and hard-fought, cautiously planned integrity. 4/5
--Brian Orndorf (

external linkWith so much to process during Munich, it’s improbable that anyone can overlook the technical prowess to which Spielberg has crafted in such a short window. 5/5
--Erik Childress (

external linkIn "Munich," Steven Spielberg has made his most grown-up film so far. A-
--Eric D. Snider (

external linkThe bulk of "Munich" is as good as it gets, but like every Spielberg picture this decade, it loses a little steam towards the finish. It's not that the third act doesn't work, it's just that it's a downer.
--Kevin N. Laforest (Montreal Film Journal)


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