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

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14 April 2006 | unbrokenmetal
Wordy, but believable
A semi-documentary movie about the terrorist attack on the Israeli team at the Olympic Games at Munich 1972.

In opposite to later adaptations of the same historical event, "21 Hours at Munich" was shot on the original locations. However, it is a little bit less of a documentary than it seems at first, it does take a bit of creative freedom in the narration. Which has been criticized by some reviewers, but makes it a better movie after all. Excellent performances by William Holden as the police chief and Franco Nero as the terrorist leader, whose motivation is explained remarkably well. He is not just the one-dimensional Hollywood villain firing bullets in all directions. That was important to make the film believable, as well as the discussions between the politicians. Even it makes the movie quite wordy, the reasons why and when and how the police fights the terrorists are explained well. "21 Hours at Munich" is a movie you should watch, first for the tragic history that hopefully will never be repeated, second for its solid story telling and acting which is above the genre average.

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Release Date:

7 November 1976


English, Hebrew

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Filming Locations

Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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