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The Tragedy of the Munich Games
The Tragedy of the Munich Games
Actors: Peter Jennings, Jim McKay, Roone Arledge
Genres: Sports, Documentary
NR     2005     0hr 56min

A documentary look at the story told in Steven Spielberg's simultaneously released drama MUNICH, this release compiles much of the news footage taken during the 1972 Olympics hostage crisis. The world watched with bated br...  more »


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Actors: Peter Jennings, Jim McKay, Roone Arledge
Genres: Sports, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Documentary, Olympics, Documentary
Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 12/20/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A classic
Nicholas A. Ziinojr | ridge, new york United States | 11/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ignore the one-star review above.This excellent documentary is not intended to be a deep exploration of why Munich happened.You can find that in the magnificent "One Day In September".This powerful film is
nothing more than a look at the events of September 5,1972 as covered
(brilliantly)by ABC,and the emotional memories of those who did it.
On that level,it succeeds.You will experience everything you felt that day-shock,anger,resentment.The film brilliantly intrecuts ABC's actual broadcast footage and powerful new interviews with some of the people involved.You see how the events continue to haunt them today,especially Jim McKay,who so masterfully led ABC's coverage and had one of the most powerful and memorable moments in television history when he delivered the bad news and said simply,"They're all gone".That is something you don't forget,and it's here.This is a great documentary that should be seen."
Olympic Tragedy
John V. Scagliotti | New Jersey | 03/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There has been alot of talk about this incident whenever the Olympic roll around, but this disc gives some great coverage about what had happened. If you are looking for a DVD that gives all the behind the scenes, this is the DVD for you."
Befuddled reporting
Caraculiambro | La Mancha and environs | 05/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"What you're looking at here is an hour-long documentary broadcast a few years ago by ABC News on the infamous kidnapping and murder of 11 members of the Israeli olympic team in Munich in 1972, an event which many commentators have cited as marking the birth of international terrorism.

A passable effort, it features interviews with many people who were involved in the action (no Palestinians, though), from retired German police officers, to Peter Jennings, to the orphans of the slain athletes. There is also plenty of news footage taken from broadcasts of the time. But, perhaps mercifully, there are no "re-enactments" with costumed actors, a common phenomenon in such documentaries these days.

As with many products of the mainstream media, you can count on this documentary to totally fail to clarify what was really going on: why did those Palestinian gunmen think it okay to to murder a bunch of Jews? Why were they so angry? What did they want? How did this situation come to be? The viewer is left to fill in the blanks for himself.

What's most hilarious (albeit in a sick way) is the lack of interviews of virutally any Arabs on the matter. This is because, despite the saccharine, conciliatory conclusion of the documentary (in which we are treated to recent footage of the orphans of the murdered athletes applauding the Palestinian olympic team), to this day, the average Arab considers what happened in Munich in 1972 a great victory. When the surviving terrorists were shipped back to Libya after only a couple of months of captivity in Germany, they were hailed as conquering heroes. And that was just Libya!

Knowing this, producers were evidently hard-pressed to find any Arabs that would speak of Munich 1972 in condemnatory terms. In the end, they couldn't."