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Munich (Widescreen)

Eric Bana , Daniel Craig , Steven Spielberg    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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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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At its core, Munich is a straightforward thriller. Based on the book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team by George Jonas, it's built on a relatively stock movie premise, the revenge plot: innocent people are killed, the bad guys got away with it, and someone has to make them pay. But director Steven Spielberg uses that as a starting point to delve into complex ethical questions about the cyclic nature of revenge and the moral price of violence. The movie starts with a rush. The opening portrays the kidnapping and murder of Israeli athletes by PLO terrorists at the 1972 Olympics with scenes as heart-stopping and terrifying as the best of any horror movie. After the tragic incident is over and several of the terrorists have gone free, the Israeli government of Golda Meir recruits Avner (Eric Bana) to lead a team of paid-off-the-book agents to hunt down those responsible throughout Europe, and eliminate them one-by-one (in reality, there were several teams). It's physically and emotionally messy work, and conflicts between Avner and his team's handler, Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush), over information Avner doesn't want to provide only make things harder. Soon the work starts to take its toll on Avner, and the deeper moral questions of right and wrong come into play, especially as it becomes clear that Avner is being hunted in return, and that his family's safety may be in jeopardy.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hunt for Black September June 16 2006
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When Avner Kaufman got the call

To track down Black September

He chose to change his office job

For one that he'd remember

Untrained he was in hand to hand

Not really versed at killing

But as Golda Meir asked him to

His heart was more than willing

His little group was motley crewed

With a large expense account

Once receipts were signed and stamped

The goal was paramount

The first one was a learned man

They shot at point blank range

The second didn't realize

His phone had had a change

The third should not have gone to bed

And then all went to hell

They crossed their information source

Who didn't take it well

One by one the team was gone

And Avner's paranoid

What once was vengeance for his own

Got sucked into the void

At mission's end he's a changed man

He's haunted, spooked and scared

He did his part, and though he's out

He knows that no-one cared

This movie isn't Spielberg's best

It's long and too protracted

It may not be the gospel truth

But it's certainly well acted

Amanda Richards
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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> The Steven Spielberg's movie, "Munich". Nominated for five Academy award's, it reveals the story of the secret Israeli team, assembled to track down and assinate the Palestinians, responsible for the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. From the team commissioned by Golda Meir, to the teams completed mission, the portrayal of events follows closely the actual operation. From tracking individual terrorists to their assination. Probably, the most important aspect of the movie was the portrayal of the personal toll exacted on the team, from parting from their families, recriminations on killing in cold blood. The Team Leader, attempting to justify the murders, states," Imagine you are a soldier at war for the defense of Israel".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling if not pretty story Oct. 21 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this DVD in part because of it being mentioned by Kirk Douglas in his latest memoir. I remember the horror of the Olympic Terror attacks back then, I was not especially aware that the Israelis had gone after the perpetrators. Spielberg tells a good story, not glamorous or pretty, but killing people is doubtless not pretty or easy or as casual as is too often depicted in films. Very well portrayed & depicted, the film shows how different people are affected by what they go through in seeking revenge.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good One. Sept. 26 2010
By Danius
Format:DVD
This is not the best movie for any of its part. Spielberg has done better so did Eric Bana and all the other ones. But still, the movies is indeed good.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
Format:DVD
Munich is a well made and acted film based on a terrifying true story. While the movie had my attention from the beginning to the end, I just couldn't recover from the seemingly needless sex scenes, one at the beginning and another at the end. Yes, I can speculate as to why they were included but they did not help the story at all. It would have been more effective to choose more subtle and softer scenes of this nature, certainly ones which were more palatable.
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