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Munich [DVD]

Eric Bana , Daniel Craig , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2006
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R2940S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,248 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Munich is a film with no easy answers, and plenty of uncomfortable moments. It also finds Steven Spielberg on masterly form behind the camera, telling a relentlessly serious and unsettling story with the gravitas it absolutely requires.

Set immediately after the murder of nine Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics (an event that’s brutally re-enacted), the film is supposedly a fictionalised account based on true events of what happened next. Namely, the Israelis ordering together a secret team--led by Eric Bana’s Avner--to take out those they considered responsible.

Only it’s not that easy. It doesn’t take long for the film to start blurring the moral debate. Is what Avner and his team are doing that different from the original assassins? Can he reconcile the brutality of his actions? And what happens when the programme of retaliation doesn’t go quite to plan?

By turns, Munich is a brutal, gripping and important film. It’s not always easy to penetrate, and it really demands some good old-fashioned concentration to fully appreciate it. Yet it’s superb filmmaking, and an engrossing piece of cinema. Oscar may have snubbed it, but you’d be wise not to make the same mistake.--Jon Foster

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tragedy of violence 10 April 2009
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
As other reviewers have said, this is a profound and engaging film that appeals to both your head and heart. I won't repeat the plot, but it does a fine job of making both the Israelis and their targets human, fallible and empathetic. And in this lies the true tragedy of the middle east: that a man who can spent his time translating the Arabian Nights into Italian can also be a 'terrorist'.

In lots of ways I found this a difficult film to watch and that's as it should be. The violence, when it comes, is always profoundly shocking, as is the human cost. The deterioration of the moral sense is captured perfectly. But beyond all, the final question that the film poses is what should we do? Does condoning violence only serve to exacerbate it? If retribution only does the same then where are we to turn?

It reminded me in some ways of Sophocles' dramas, particularly Antigone where there is no right or wrong solution, only people caught up in impossible situations where the end-point is always death. And yet the very humanity in the struggle to negotiate the moral maze is itself hopeful and I think that's where Spielberg succeeds in leaving this film. So overall a very intense experience but one very worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I put this DVD on late at night with the intention of watching half of it and then returning to it the next day or so, however I ended up sitting up late and watching it all (two and a half hours).

Based on 'historical fiction' the film loosely tells the tale of 'Operation Wrath of God' - the Israeli government's response to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

Eric Bana (Avner) is the central character and the film tracks the gradual toll that the punishing schedule of assassination takes on his mental wellbeing.

Interestingly, there are occasions when the Israelis agents and the Palestinian radicals are at close quarters and get on as well as anybody on a personal level (e.g. on a balcony in Cyprus and in a 'safe house' in Athens). At the end of the day, people are people - but sadly these individuals are at the centre of a long-running and complicated conflict.

Both sides have their political say in quieter moments in the film: the Israeli view (that Israel is small, their only 'home' and a safe haven from anti-semitism - especially after Hitler and World War 2) and the Palestinian view (that they are landless and wandering, and in effect victims of post World War 2 politics, even though that conflict had nothing to do with them).

Overall, this is an engrossing film. Some Western democracies would probably like to respond to terrorism the way Israel and Mossad did, but they are greatly constrained by the 'rule of law' and no death penalty (so can't risk getting caught at the highest level). This gives the film a 'Death Wish', street justice, eye-for-an-eye undertone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Morality of political assassination 16 Sep 2007
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Spielberg's film took a lot of criticism on it's release in the USA.With the jingoistic fervour of the US right wing post-September 11th 2001,any film that dared criticise anti-terrorist operations,or showed the slightest hint of sympathy for critics of revenge attacks was bound to be attacked.
Watch the film and judge for yourself.It's based on a book by an Israeli who (supposedly) participated in the death squads sent to Europe by Golda Meir after the Black September attacks on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.At first,it all seems so just and logical;kill known PLO players in Europe who were linked to the Munich operation.Then,it starts to get messy-uninvolved civillians are caught up in the attacks,members of the Israeli death squad are killed,and they finally find out that one PLO figure,Ali Hassan Salameh(killed by an Israeli car bomb in Beirut in 1979)is actually being protected by the CIA.Israel's major ally is collaborating with Israel's worst enemy.
At the end,the disillusionment is clear-have the anti-terrorist operations done any more than kill a few Palestinians whom the PLO easily replaced.Is there any intrinsic moral difference between PLO attacks on Israelis and Israeli attacks on the PLO?In the end,one of the Israeli operatives seems more afraid of Israeli intelligence than of the Palestinians,the anti-terror operation has totally backfired.
Given the patriotic hysteria in the USA after 11/09/01(yes,I'm European,not American,so why should I have to say"9/11"?),Spielberg was very brave to make this film.He is pro-Isreali,but the Palestinians who appear in the film are not cliches of evil terror,and he is far from blind to the brutality of anti-terror operations,even if you agree with them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that needs more than one viewing... 26 Jan 2008
I think that people will look back on Steven Spielberg's career in years to come and wonder why this film didn't merit the reaction of some of Spielberg's other "historical epics". It's a good old-fashioned thriller in many aspects, except that this is a plausible semi-factual account of the search for the terrorists behind Black September and the Munich massacres.

The premise is relatively simple, a group is put together, all of them specialists and all of them put under cover by Mossad to seek out and kill the gunmen that escaped from Munich after the 1972 killings of Israeli athletes and coaches at the Munich Olympics on 6th September 1972. However, Spielberg never gets too involved in the "rights" and "wrongs" of this story - you know that he feels sympathy for the innocents who were killed, but he also appears to feel sympathy for both the Israeli and Arab terrorists as people, if not for the bloodshed caused by them.

Spielberg seems to want you to see these men and women capable of murder and of being real human beings at the same time. He never excuses their behaviour - given his own ethnicity, I would have assumed that he would, but he doesn't - and he makes the characters so real and sometimes even warm that you almost forget what they are capable of.

And this is the skill and probably the point of the story, you can never quite forget that they are also murderers. Eric Bana, as he often does, brings another dimension to his character, Avner, and the other lead characters (including the often criticised Daniel Craig - his accent wasn't THAT bad) also show you sides to what otherwise could have been portayed as cold-blooded terrorists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
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Published 1 day ago by D J Corby
4.0 out of 5 stars Entangling and insightful
Great film quickly setting aside revenge narrative for complexity and ambiguity. Still relevant.
Published 8 days ago by Sophocles
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than you might think !
This is one of the better movies I have seen in a long time. The movie holds your attention the entire time, "grips the attention and is exciting and involving. Read more
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Published 24 days ago by helene lepley
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly biased but still very good.
I really enjoyed this film. Although I feel it is ever slightly biased portraying the Israeli's as "the good guys" and Palestinians as "the bad guys". Read more
Published 26 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Excellent film
Published 1 month ago by Macktastic Slim
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely fantastic, I watched this years ago and I remembered ...
absolutely fantastic, I watched this years ago and I remembered it was such a good movie, I purchased it to watch again, would highly recommend, full of action
Published 2 months ago by jacqueline harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
so sad to see jews treated in this way and in the world of sports,great film makes us all think
Published 5 months ago by Sir hopes
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't mess with the mossad
Based upon the true story of the terrorist murders of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches following a botched rescue attempt in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SBno1
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