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Munich (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Eric Bana , Geoffrey Rush , Steven Spielberg  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Writers: Tony Kushner, Eric Roth
  • Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel, Colin Wilson
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F1IQN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,782 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Munich (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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  • An Introduction by Director Steven Spielberg

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    Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes - and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Hailed as "tremendously exciting" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Steven Spielberg's explosive suspense thriller garnered five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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    83 of 100 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 'Home is all that matters' May 11, 2006
    Attempting to understand what drives people to kill other people for any reason is, in the pit of the soul, a challenging enigma. Whether that 'reason' is war between countries at odds, protecting one's self when endangered, revenge or vengeance for deeds perpetrated by 'the other', for panic in the moment of survival - each of these feels wrong despite the fundamental belief to the contrary at the moment of killing. MUNICH is about killing, about vengeance, about protection of 'home', about existence in a world so bifurcated by age-old schisms, and about us. And while absorbing all of the 2 1/2 hour plus visual and philosophical information put forth in this epic film, the viewer is so paralyzed by the story that blinking for a second seems irreverent.

    The tragedy of the 1972 Olympics - the brutal kidnapping and murder of eleven Israeli athletes by masked Arab/Palestinian marauders - is brought to the screen with brave and gutsy realism by a brilliant script by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth based on George Jonas' book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, directed with straightforward, no-nonsense sensitivity to all participants by Steven Spielberg, and brought to life by a cast that simply could not be finer. From the opening of the film sans credits with the Black September act of breaking into the Olympic games in Munich, the film moves swiftly through the formation of an anti-terrorist league of Israeli assassins whose job it is to hunt down the killers and murder them, to the final painfully unsettled end. This is all under the instruction and guidance of Golda Meir (brilliantly played by Lynn Cohen) and her advisors.
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    52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ORDINARY PEOPLE IN A GRINDER OF HISTORY April 28, 2006
    What could you expect from a two and a half-hour picture based on actual events and telling about Israeli government avenging their olympic team members killed by palestinian terrorists during Munich Olympic Games of 1972? Well, not a breathtaking, action-packed thriller, that's for sure. I thought it would be long, boring, didactic and over the top pompous. Even the presence of Steven Spielberg's name in the credits couldn't inspire me. Now I'm glad I was wrong on all counts. Yes, it was long, but of that kind when you wish a film had never ended. It's neither boring nor didactic nor pretentious.

    Young Mossad agent Avner (Eric Bana) is given a task to eliminate the members of "Black September" terrorist organization with the help of a group of fellow agents. And that's what they do during two hours and a half of the screen time - locating and killing Palestinian terrorists one by one. "Munich" could become one of the many political thrillers about confrontation of different countries' intelligence services. It could raise some serious questions of historical importance and be overly-political. But Spielberg did an amazing thing with this global story - he transferred it to the personal level. So this story turned out to be not about countries, governments and intelligence services but about ordinary men. A country's vengeance was laid upon one man's shoulders, and that's how we see it - through his eyes. Along with him we will question the righteousness of his task, we will doubt, we'll see how a revenge appears to be ineffective and reasonless (as it always happens) especially if it's a revenge in a global scale: terrorism is like hydra - you cut one head off and two more emerge in it's place.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars SPIELBERG HAS DONE IT AGAIN! June 15, 2006
    A Kid's Review
    First off, War of the Worlds stunk. I was looking forward to seeing a Spielberg film last summer and I missed it. Instead I rented it and dislkiked it.However I saw Munich 1 week after it came out, and I LOVED IT!!! Eric Bana is amazing, the music is amazing, the suspense is unbearable and the cinematography is unbelievable. And sure it's thought provoking. In two ways. With the story elements and with the fact that the film amkes you wonder: Why the heck did Brokeback Mountain win music if it only had like one theme? And why did Crash win Best Picture if it was one of the most farfetched, unrealistic films I've ever seen? Munich is a true story with a lot of suspense, action, great acting, and music that you will enjoy. See the other Oscar nominees but don't forget's unmissable! It's also pretty darn violent. So I assume not many kids like me will be able to see it. But, anyway if you ever have the oppurtunity to see Munich, don't hesitate!
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    46 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    "Munich" is a fictionalized account of a secret Israeli mission to assassinate key leaders of the Palestinian Black September faction that was responsible for the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, West Germany. The film is based on the 1984 book "Vengeance" by George Jonas in which a former Israeli Mossad agent claiming to have been the leader of a squad that killed 7 Black September targets told his story. Mossad has never confirmed the story, and Jonas admits that it is impossible to know how much his source may have exaggerated, but director Steven Spielberg tracked the ex-Mossad agent down and was apparently satisfied that the gist of the story is true. The dialogue and characterizations are fictionalized for the movie, however, which makes me wonder why Spielberg cared so much about veracity. "Munich" claims only to have been "inspired by real events", and that should be taken literally. Though these assassinations did take place, "Munich" alters motives and personalities so thoroughly to suit its themes that the film is essentially fiction.

    After the world watches in horror as 11 Israeli hostages die at the hands of a group of Palestinians who had tried to use them to win the freedom of 200 imprisoned compatriots, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) decides that Israel should show its strength and avenge the deaths of its citizens. A Mossad security officer named Avner (Eric Bana) is assigned a team of 4 men, provided with a clandestine method of receiving funds, and given a list of 11 Palestinians living in Europe who are targets for assassination. The team is set adrift to carry out its mission, officially unacknowledged by Mossad.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Undercover history revealed to all of us.
    Great drama of despair, hope, loss, and revenge. It tells this true story in good detail. It does fracture the timing of events, with many scenes not in chronological order. Read more
    Published 18 hours ago by JoelVet
    5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Academy Award Nominations
    Underrated movie from Steven Spielberg, suspenseful thriller from 2005 nominations include Best Director and Best Picture. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by G. Reid
    5.0 out of 5 stars Munich
    Munich is another well presented movie, Eric Bana great, I saw the actual killing of the Jewish Athletes on television when it occurred. How horrible. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Mary B.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
    I bought it for my boyfriend, who had been searching for over a year for this movie. Clearly he didn't search that hard, because this was the first post after Googling "Munich... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by grace cruz
    5.0 out of 5 stars MUNICH
    One of Steve Spielberg's most brilliant and underrated movies. I remember the Olympics that caused this horror and then the subsequent story. Eric Bana is superb; acting is great. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Cynthia A. Luzon
    1.0 out of 5 stars MUNICH
    Published 1 month ago by allusions
    3.0 out of 5 stars good not great
    The thing about movies that are based on true stories is that when you try to follow it too closely to history that it may get a bit tedious/boring. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by ConcupusAl
    5.0 out of 5 stars Educational !!!
    I would consider buying it again in the future.
    It deserved the five star because this DVD is educational and informative.
    I like it. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by sikatako
    3.0 out of 5 stars a tired remake of an earlier-and better- movie
    Watch the earlier film, "The Sword Of Gideon"- a far superior movie from all aspects. That's a 5 star movie; this movie -just because it's Spielberg's doesn't make it... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by C. J. Cox
    5.0 out of 5 stars Tasteful representation of history
    I have had the opportunity to meet Guri Weinberg, Moshe Weinberg's son. For those of you who aren't aware, Guri played his father in this movie. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by DrJennRPh
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    This Version Is no good!
    an uncut version. What the hell are you talking about?
    Oct 5, 2006 by T. Hoffman |  See all 2 posts
    Confused about the ending
    I took it to mean that They were now in 2 different worlds. Avner could not or would not go back into Ephraims and Ephraim knew that he himself was in his world for life. And if he were to step out of it into a setting of love and warmth such as that of Avners home he might suddenly be besieged... Read more
    Feb 2, 2009 by Me |  See all 2 posts
    Will you Break Bread With me?... No.
    Well, there might have been some much deeper meaning, I'm not a film critic, however I think the point was that his case officer was not his friend or buddy. He wasn't an enemy of course, I don't mean this in some kind of sinister or evil way, just that his only concern was how best to serve... Read more
    Mar 8, 2007 by John |  See all 3 posts
    What happened to the 2-disc version?
    I guess it's like Cinderella Man and Jarhead, both Collector's Edition were fairly limited and I had to get my friend to buy it for me from BestBuy local shop, simply because I wasn't aware that they would run out so soon.

    Now that I know, I luckily pre-ordered Munich on Sunday morning (UK... Read more
    May 8, 2006 by BoBoi |  See all 14 posts
    I'm not buying it until they do.
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