|21 HOURS AT MUNICH (21 HORAS EN MUNICH) TV MOVIE (director: William Graham; screenwriters: Howard Fast/Edward C. Hume/from the book by Serge Groussard; cinematographer: Jost Vacano; editor: Ronald J. Fagan; music: Laurence Rosenthal; cast: Franco Nero (Issa), William Holden (Chief of Police, Manfred Schreiber), Shirley Knight (Anneliese Graes), Richard Basehart (Willy Brandt), Anthony Quayle (General Zvi Zamir), Georg Marischka (Genscher), Noel Willman (Bruno Merk), Paul Smith (Gutfreund), Else Quecke (Golda Meir); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Frank Von Zerneck/Robert Greenwald; MGM; 1976)|
|"Relates in a straight-forward
and dry methodical way to the tragedy at the
1972 Munich Olympics."
by Dennis Schwartz
TV director William Graham ("Where the Lillies
Bloom"/"Cry for Me, Billy"/"Together
Brothers") directs this historical TV movie. It's
based on the book by Serge
Groussard, and is written by Howard
Fast and Edward C. Hume.
relates in a straight-forward and dry methodical way
to the tragedy at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Palestinian
terrorists took 11 Israeli athletes and coaches
hostage and demanded the release of over 200 political
Nero plays the leader of the brutal terrorist group
called "Black September." William Holden
stiffly plays the Munich Chief of Police. Since it's
widely known what is coming, tension never builds.
uses archive footage from the actual games to give
it a look of authenticity. The film focuses solely
on a recreation on the day in question, and raises
no other points.
REVIEWED ON 2/9/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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