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21 Hours at Munich (1976)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Sport | TV Movie 7 November 1976
A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered eleven Israeli athletes.

Director:

William A. Graham

Writers:

Edward Hume (screenplay), Howard Fast (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber
Shirley Knight ... Anneliese Graes
Franco Nero ... Issa
Anthony Quayle ... General Zvi Zamir
Richard Basehart ... Chancellor Willy Brandt
Noel Willman ... Interior Minister Bruno Merk
Georg Marischka Georg Marischka ... Genscher
Else Quecke Else Quecke ... Golda Meir
Michael Degen Michael Degen ... Mohammed Khadif
Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili Djamchid 'Jim' Soheili ... Touny (as Djamchid Soheili)
Walter Kohut Walter Kohut ... Feldhaus
Jan Niklas ... Schreiber's Aide
Ernest Lenart Ernest Lenart ... Ben Horin
Osman Ragheb Osman Ragheb ... Prime Minister Sedki
James Hurley James Hurley ... Avery Brundage
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Storyline

The infamous attack on Isreali athletes and coaches in the Olympic Village during the 1972 Munich Olympics is chronicled in this made-for-television movie and supplemented with archive footage from the actual games. Members of the Palestinian Black September Movement kill two and hold nine others as hostages to exchange for hundreds of Arab prisoners in Isreali jails. The Isreali government adheres to its policy of not negotiating with terrorists, and German Holocaust guilt will not permit West German officials to allow the terrorists to leave the country with the hostages. Therefore, it falls to Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber to delay fulfilling the Palestinian demands through on-going negotiation, but sooner or later he knows that tough decisions will have to be made. Written by duke1029

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At 4:09 am on September 5, 1972, eleven Olympic athletes were taken hostage by terrorists. For the next 21 hours the world held its breath... See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hebrew

Release Date:

7 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twenty-One Hours at Munich See more »

Filming Locations:

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

After the massacre, the Isreali security force Mossad used two clandestine operations to track down those who participated in any way with the planning or execution of the hostage operation, including two of the three surviving terrorists, although some sources dispute that. These operations were chronicled in the movies Sword of Gideon (1986) and Munich (2005). See more »

Quotes

Chief of Police Manfred Schreiber: We have the building surrounded. We're still waiting word from Israel. Until then we're working with one hand.
Avery Brundage: Just so long as it's a firm hand.
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Version of Sword of Gideon (1986) See more »

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Good Film
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

21 Hours at Munich (1976)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good made for TV movie about the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany where Arab terrorists kidnapped and murdered eleven Israeli athletes. I don't know the entire history of the events surrounding this attack but if this film stays true to what really happened then I can't help but blame the German government and their security at the Olympics. I really couldn't believe how stupid some of the decisions made where and I really wonder what this event would do in today's world where God knows there's a lot more media. As for the film itself, it's entertaining throughout but it never gets too dramatic and the direction lacks any real style or flair. William Holden gives a good performance as the head Munich guy trying to get everything done while Franco Nero steals the show as the head terrorist. Nero is downright brilliant in his part with a look that could kill. I liked how Nero played the part of a thinking man and this really comes across well.


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