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Sword Of Gideon - Extended 173min Edition [DVD] [1986]


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  • Actors: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Rod Steiger, Robert Joy, Colleen Dewhurst
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CATXPN8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jan 2006
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 18 July 2013
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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 Mr. D. A. Evans on 25 Feb 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rita on 27 Nov 2013
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Sword of Gideon is just what i wanted.
This movie is much better than Munich.
The Holy Land hat a right to exist and Israel to defend herself.
An Eye for an Eye!
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By LXIX TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 May 2014
Format: DVD
'Munich' by Spielberg is the well-known film about the Israeli government's covert response to the 1972 Munich Olympic outrage (Operation Wrath of God). This film, however, precedes it by almost two decades. Note that both are based on the George Jonas book 'Vengeance'.

If you're familiar with 'Munich' then you'll immediately be struck by the lower budget here. 'Sword of Gideon' was made for TV (HBO) - therefore it has a more minimalist feel and less extravagant production values (although it does include a large number of on-location scenes including Rome, Paris, London and New York, and plenty of pyrotechnics).

Despite its modest outlay, this film fills in some gaps that were in the 'Munich'. At 173 minutes long it speeds over the actual hostage taking and instead focuses more on the adventures of the assassin team in Europe. Particular noteworthy scenes not in the 'Munich' version, but here, include the shoot-out in the Swiss church and a much more elaborate (and very tense) scene about the death of Robert, the bombmaker.

'Sword of Gideon' is a good accompaniment to 'Munich' and fans of one will no doubt enjoy the other. This original does not feature the Cyprus bed bomb incident or the run-in with the KGB in Athens, but it does feature a Paris car bomb scene and a greater angle on the human consequences of their deeds (such as waiting in a Paris hospital to find out if they've succeeded in killing a target and visiting the wife of one of the group after his demise to break the news in person to her - only to be subsequently thrown out of the flat).

Some of the acting is a touch wooden here (particularly at the death of one of their number in Frankfurt), but Michael York and Rod Stieger add their usual dose of cinematic gravitas.

This film is almost 3 hours long. It's engrossing viewing and another insight into one of the most famous counter-terrorism missions in world history.
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