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Sword Of Gideon [1986] [Dutch Import]

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  • Actors: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Robert Joy, Rod Steiger, Laurent Malet
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Producers: Robert Lantos
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Free Distributors
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001P800SS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,523 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS: The Sword of Gideon group are brought together to avenge the real-life murders of eleven young Israeli atheletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Shot on location in Europe, this action film centres around two of the group of anti-terrorist execution experts, Avener (Steven Bauer) and Robert (Michael York) who have been assembled by an Israeli intelligence agency to find the terrorists and seek vengeance. ABOUT THE DVD: Official DUTCH release (PAL format - All Region - so it will play OK on all standard DVD players in UK and the rest of Europe). The descriptive text on the rear of the packaging is in Dutch, and the only subtitles on the disc are Dutch language (which can be switched off - but there are no English subtitles on the DVD). The AUDIO is the original ENGLISH language.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
DVD- (Cinema Club). Video and Sound transfer is excellent for this made for cable TV movie from 1986.There are no extras at all on the disc just the film.Picture ratio (4:3).Duration:170 mins
FILM- Sword of Gideon is based on the book,"Vengeance" by George Jonas (screenplay by Chris Bryant) about the aftermath of the attack on the Israeli Olympic team at the Munich games in 1972.
There have been a number of films on this subject,most recently Steven Speilberg's MUNICH which is based on the same source material as this DVD.
The story and direction are both excellent. Great use of international locations and fine performances from an international cast,the lead roles being taken by Steven Bauer (Cuba),Robert Joy(Canada),Michael York(England),Laurent Malet (France). The story centres around the Israeli Goverment's attempts to assasinate those responsible for the deaths of the Israeli atheletes,sending out a specialist team of assasins lead by Israeli Commmando Avner played by Bauer who gives a fine performance of a man torn by duty and conscience.
The film plays like a cracking good international thriller and at 170 minutes long you won't be dissapointed.In the wake of the release of Steven Speilberg's MUNICH it is well worth checking out the earlier version of the same story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 18 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The DVD

My review of the film is further down. As for the DVD itself, the picture quality is perfect, the sound is perfect, certainly better than what would have been on VHS back in the 1980's. I am only endorsing here the DVD bought from "czech.out" whom I bought my version from. These guys exceed all expectations and the packaging just blew me away. We are talking about something akin to gift wrapping and delivery was just a couple of days from the other side of Europe. You get extras too which are a nice surprise and very welcoming, they made me smile, and again very unexpected. Sellers like "czech.out" are rare and it's nice to be able to use the Amazon review option to give due praise for once instead of whining about something. I just can't fault the service I received from these guys.

The Film

OK, so Steven Spielberg gave the same story a big budget Hollywood blockbuster treatment, but when I saw Munich a few years ago I remembered this Sword Of Gideon. I remembered the exact title too and we are easily talking about 20 years having passed since I saw it. The impression the Sword Of Gideon left on me is very much the same today, it's just so real and in your face. You feel you are there with the characters and the film catches the awkwardness felt by the group of specialists when tasked to carry out their duties. You see the bravado and then you get to see the reality. Spielberg's Munich has none of this, instead you think you are watching a film about a group of Elite killers who eat terrorists like we eat Cornflakes, it's just so very removed from the qualities of Sword Of Gideon. Munich is good, there is no doubt about this but Sword Of Gideon takes the story to a completely different level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 4 May 2014
Format: DVD
Firstly I thinbk this is far better than the glitzy overhyped Steven Spielberg's Munich. This film portrays the events as they have been recorded very closely and is painstakingly realistic,. The 1970s in Israel and Europe are brilliantly recreated. The dilemma of how to fight terror by civlized governments against an enemy that has no conscience, no scruples, is thirsty for blood and death, that is what the movie tackles.
It shows the depth of Israeli conscience in their struggle to survive , somethibng that is real (whatever sick propaganda you have heard or read to the contrary).
A young Israeli Army officer Avner (Steven Bauer) is recruited to the Mossad in a mission to avenge the savage slaughter by Black September terrorists of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. he and a team of Israelis, Carl (Peter Dvorsky) , Jean (Laurent Malet) , Robert (Michael York) and Hans (Robert Joy) , born in America, France, England and Germany respectively , each with their own unique skills are dispatched . Avner being the only Sabra.

Gripping and shockingly real, as the mossad team dispatches terrorists, deals with their consciences at the loved ones of the terrorists left behind (something no Palestinian terrorists or their international supporters have ever done rgearding Israelis, including women and children murdered by them)
They also abort several assasination attempts to avoid harming innocent bystanders. but as their handler Mordechai Samuels (Rod Steiger) reminds them the moment a bystander pulls a gun on them he or she is no longer a bystander.
And so one of their number killed by a Dutch female Baader Meinhof type terrorist is swiftly avenged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Evans on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
A special thanks to Czech mate for dispatching this from the Czech Republic. It arrived all nicely presented with a postcard & friendly note. Never had that before which is a great touch!
The film itself is quite worthy and despite the fact it's now quite old, it's not rushed but stealthily plotted. Rod Steiger shines as Samuels & Colleen Dew Hurst is honourable as the feisty PM at the time, the Iron Lady, Golda Meir. Steven Bauer I think was chosen because he's a good looker & physically strong , though he's quite good with emotion. Michael York is very good too as Robert, the bomb defusal expert.
A few scenes stand out- the bombing of the restaurant in Paris, the killings of some of the plotters ( Ashame in Paris & another in a car bomb) and a tense scene which results in Roberts death when he accidentally triggers a 3rd hidden bomb in their safehouse.
My partner enjoyed it, too as he was a soldier once in the Israeli forces.
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