2005 | R | Drama Thriller | 2hrs, 44m
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. more
In Movie Theaters U.S. Friday, December 23
, 2005 Tuesday, May 9
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for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language
The film recounts the dramatic story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre—and the personal toll this mission of revenge takes on the team and the man who led it. Eric Bana stars as the Mossad agent charged with leading the band of specialists brought together for this operation.
Inspired by actual events, the narrative is based on a number of sources, including the recollections of some who participated in the events themselves.
Trivia & Production Notes
- "The attack at Munich by Black September and the Israeli response to it was a defining moment in the modern history of the Middle East," Spielberg stated. "It's easy to look back at historic events with the benefit of hindsight. What's not so easy is to try to see things as they must have looked to people at the time. Viewing Israel's response to Munich through the eyes of the men who were sent to avenge that tragedy adds a human dimension to a horrific episode that we usually think about only in political or military terms. By experiencing how the implacable resolve of these men to succeed in their mission slowly gave way to troubling doubts about what they were doing, I think we can learn something important about the tragic stand-off we find ourselves in today."
Also Known As
- Vengeance, Untitled Spielberg Munich Olympics Project
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