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21 Hours at Munich

3.8 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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September 5, 1972. The darkest day in sports history. Some 900 million sports fans tune in to watchthe Olympics on TV. Instead, they see the most shocking scenes unfold... Academy AwardÂ(r) winner William Holden (Best Actor 1953, Stalag 17) and Academy AwardÂ(r) nominee Shirley Knight (Best Supporting Actress Nominee 1962, Sweet Bird of Youth) turn this real-life catastrophic event into a mesmerizing story of suspense, anger and disbelief. The perpetrators wear tracksuits, but they are anything but athletes. Known as Black September, these Arab terrorists storm the Olympic village before dawn andtake the Israeli team hostage. They make their demands as the minutes tick by. But from this point on, it isn't about who takes home the gold. It's about who comes home at all.

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  • Actors: William Holden, Shirley Knight, Franco Nero, Anthony Quayle, Richard Basehart
  • Directors: William A. Graham
  • Writers: Edward Hume, Howard Fast, Serge Groussard
  • Producers: Edward S. Feldman, Frank Baur, Frank von Zerneck, Robert Greenwald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BNXD5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "21 Hours at Munich" on IMDb

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 4, 2006
Format: DVD
I can tell you up front that "21 Hours at Munich" is a much more detailed look at that Olympic massacre in 1972 than you will find in Steven Spielberg's film "Munich." In point of fact, Spielberg is not telling the story of what happened on September 5, 1972 in his film but exploring its aftermath. This made for television movie aired in 1976 (in November, so it was after the Montreal Summer Olympics that year). The release of the film two decades later was certainly motivated by the impending release of Spielberg's Oscar nominated film, but since it is an earnest dramatization of the events of that day, it will make an appropriate counterpart to the theatrical film.

The screenplay by Howard Fast (writer of the novel "Spartacus") and Edward Hume ("The Day After") is based on Serge Groussard's book "The Blood of Israel and focuses on what happened in Munich, part of what was then West Germany, that day in September when a group of Palestinian terrorists calling themselves Black September invaded the dormitory rooms of the Israeli athletes, killing two of them and taking another nine hostage. Issa (Franco Nero), the leader of the terrorists, demands the release of 250 Palestinian prisoners being held by Israel, but Prime Minister Golda Meir (Else Quecke) flatly refused to deal with the terrorists. This left it to the German government to try and rescue the hostages. Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber (William Holden) became the point man for their efforts, although Chancellor Willy Brandt (Richard Basehart) and Interior Minister Bruno Merk (Noel Willman) are involved in the fatal decisions as the lives of Jewish men are once again in the hands of the German government, this time with the whole world watching.
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Television has always been quick to capitalize on real-life crime tragedies, and few such events were as earthshaking as the kidnapping of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the crime's eventual tragic resolution. 21 Hours at Munich is a surprisingly well made recreation of those events that boasts a cast considerably above the TV-movie norm.

William Holden stars as the German cop in charge of the investigation and negotiations, while Franco Nero plays the chief terrorist. Unlike Steven Spielberg's Munich, this movie concentrates solely on the crime itself, beginning by showing how the terrorists easily enter the Olympic Village and are able to subdue most of the members of the Israeli team. From there, it's a cat-and-mouse game of negotiations and threats between terrorists and police.

Holden is solid, and his casting was undoubtedly a coup for a TV movie of the week (the film was made immediately before he got his last Oscar nomination for Network). He makes no pretense at speaking with a German accent which some may find disconcerting, although if you are interested in what he is saying it shouldn't matter. His character is well aware of the importance of what they do and how the world will view it, which leads to eventual bickering among the police, military, and political leaders (including Richard Basehart as Willy Brandt).

Similarly, Nero is solid and grounded. The movie wisely avoids turning him into a wide-eyed fanatic; instead, he is a professionally determined man with a dangerous political agenda. By keeping the two leads as competent, solid professionals, the movie is able to build suspense, even if the eventual resolution is well known in advance.
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By River R on January 6, 2013
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The best thing about this movie is that it was filmed at the actual places where the events took place. It is a very poorly acted movie. I suggest the documentary "One Day in September" which has a lot of actual news footage from the incident.
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21 Hours at Munich, 1976 film

This is a dramatic recreation of the events that occurred in 1972 at the XX Olympiad in Munich. It was filmed in West Germany. The hope of the Olympic contests was to show how countries could live in peace while competing in sports. [Aren’t these sports a peaceful form of combat? They entertain people of all classes and countries.] Early in the morning of September 17, 1972 intruders scale fences to enter the Israeli compound with their luggage. They have military weapons! They use keys to unlock doors. One man tries to stop them at the door. Another escapes through a window to spread the alarm of Arab terrorists. Two men see a shooting! The Israeli athletes are rounded up. One man escapes, there is shooting! The German police are warned, they take action to isolate the building. The “Black September” movement has demands to release prisoners in Israel and give them an airplane to leave the country. Or the hostages will die! A woman Olympic security guard is sent to talk to them.

The building is surrounded. German officials try to speak to them and ask for more time. The Israeli government will not make any concessions because of the example it will set. This crime is a German problem says Prime Minister Meir. Do any of the captives need a doctor? The terrorists are warned they will all be killed if they kill the hostages. “We are not afraid to die” says a terrorist. “We will be happy to oblige” says a German official. They are offered cash and a safe exit if they free the hostages. Should the Olympics be cancelled? Or suspended? The terrorists want three planes to fly them to Cairo. They will accept one plane, but it will take time to prepare for a long flight. The Germans want to know how many hostages are alive. There are nine.
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