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One Day In September

4.7 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Kevin Macdonald
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fandango
  • Run Time: 93.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KYCX6

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Nel 1972 le Olimpiadi di Monaco vengono interrotte da un atto terroristico che catalizza l'attenzione del mondo e lascia tutti con il fiato sospeso. Dei terroristi palestinesi prendono in ostaggio gli atleti israeliani e la polizia, dopo aver formato una squadra antiterrorismo, riesce a bloccare l'operazione. Il documentario cerca di ricostruire l'evento servendosi dei filmati dell'epoca, utilizzando le testimonianze dell'attentatore ancora vivente, Jamal Al Gashey, e le documentazioni della polizia.

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Kevin MacDonald's gloriously exhilarating and fascinating documentary charts the events surrounding the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, when the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took several Israeli athletes hostage - with tragic consequences. From the sparse but effective narration by Michael Douglas to the unbiased approach, this is a class act through and through. Much of the documentary focuses on the German government and the Olympic Committee's ineffective handling of the situation and the way in which real people's lives were put at risk for what descended into a media circus of the worst kind. A horrifying reminder of what complacency at the most dire of times can do.
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If you do not watch documentaries, watch this and you will be converted. The slow release onto the celluloid is mesmerising and compelling: it just keeps getting better and better.

No padding, no dodgy dialogue, no script boobs; just an incredible story packed into a relatively short period of screen-time. It feels as though every image, every frame has been chosen specifically to drive the story.

Basically, this film sucks you in, grabs you by the neck and delivers such a painful sucker-punch that it leaves you shaking, quite literally.

Buy it, watch it and wonder how the hell someone let the mess in 1972 ever happen.
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I don't think anyone could watch this film and not be moved . .to anger as well as tears. The hopeless (as we know now) situation of the Israeli hostages is interspersed with interviews with many of the people involved that day, and with coverage of the Olympic events themselves. Though we know how it's going to end, the almost unbearable tension is palpable.
This video is rated 12 and over. Would I be happy for a 12-year-old to see close-up photographs of the dead hostages ? Depends on the 12-year-old, I think.
The apparent lack of remorse in the only surviving terrorist remains the most chilling aspect of this film, whilst the daughter placing sunflowers on the grave of the father she cannot remember remains the most poignant.
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It's not often you watch something that completely changes your opinion of an event. I was born the year of the Munich Olympic Games and although I thought I was familiar with events I had always laboured under the impression that the German security forces had tried their utmost to save the Israelis and that their meticulous planning and professionalism had met with bad luck. Now I know I'm wrong! This documentary is a searing indictment to the incompetence of the Germans. I will never think of events in the same light. As for what happened afterwards... If you don't know or haven't seen the film yet I won't disclose now, but it was perhaps the most shocking revelation of all. Michael Douglas narrates - though I wasn't convinced what this added.
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This documentary is quite captivating, and surely serves to illustrate why more recent Olympiads such as the one in London that has its Opening Ceremony tonight involve security measures on such a massive scale.
The documentary also managed to illustrate very convincingly the abject failure of the German / Bavarian police forces at the time to deal with the crisis at hand. This was partly due to the fact that (for historical reasons I suppose) the German constitution did not really Germany's armed forces to deal with such internal crises. This, together with the fact that such an incident was unprecedented at the time, and therefore, there were no police forces available that were trained to deal with this kind of incident, may help to explain the German failure, although the sheer scale of this failure is nonetheless breathtaking even when considering these "mitigating circumstances".

However, as often with documentaries, the devil is in the details. So is at one point suggested that Israel offered its own trained specialist security forces to deal with the crisis, but as the hostage-takers were pressing for time by negotiating relatively quickly for a plane to leave the country, the question remains whether these Israeli forces could have been brought in on time anyway.

And while the German security forces surely did bungle up this one big time, the Mossad agents who subsequently avenged the athletes' and coaches' death did a bit of bungling up themselves, e.g. by killing an innocent Morrokan waiter in Norway in front of his pregnant Norwegian wife, because they mistook him for one of the masterminds of the attack (although he was 20 cm shorter and happened to speak fluent Norwegian).
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A compelling account of the tragedy at the Munich Olympic Games. Michael Douglas lends his voice to what can only be described as a superb piece of documentary film making by Kevin McDonald. One Day In September captivates the viewer from start to finish, documenting the tragic events and seemingly hopeless circumstances of all involved in and around 31 Connollystrasse, September the 5th 1972. With interviews from the Israeli athletes families, the then German negotiators and the only surviving terrorist Jamal Al-Gashey. The suspense and tension created while watching will make you not want to leave the room.
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