21 Hours at Munich (1976)

TV Movie   |  Not Rated   |    |  Drama, History, Sport

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A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered eleven Israeli athletes.

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  • William Holden in 21 Hours at Munich (1976)
  • William Holden, Dan van Husen, and Franco Nero in 21 Hours at Munich (1976)
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  • 21 Hours at Munich (1976)
  • William Holden and Dan van Husen in 21 Hours at Munich (1976)

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5 September 2005 | blambert-4
| A movie not to be missed
I was 16 when the Israeli massacre occurred in Munich 33 yrs ago today and this made for TV film is an excellent feature about those events. Made in 76' the film holds up very well. The film does not "hollywoodize" the events in Munich in any way. It tells the story about what happened in 72' in a very straightforward manner. William Holden, nearing the end of his career, is surprisingly good as the Police Chief of Munich. Franco Nero at first seems like a stretch to play an Arab terrorist but he is very good in this picture. The film also shows how the other Olympic activities kept going on while the hostage crises unfolded which now seems impossible to imagine. The bravery of the Israeli athletes, the confusion and ineptitude of the German police, the dbl-speak of the politicians, nothing is overlooked in this movie. If this movie was based on fictional events it would be a very fine film. The fact that the tragic events depicted actually occurred, and that the film so honorably and sensitively captures what happened in Munich means this film is worthy of the highest praise in my view.

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Plot Summary


Drama | History | Sport | Thriller


Release Date:

7 November 1976


English, Hebrew

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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