A Passion Pictures | Arthur Cohn Production
Premiere: Telluride International Film Festival, 2000
AWARDS: Winner: Academy Award, Best Feature Documentary, 2000 | Winner: Best Historical Documentary, Emmy 2001
John Battsek | Arthur Cohn
Alwin H. Küchler | Neve Cunningham
The 1972 Munich Olympics were billed as the ‘Olympics of Peace and Joy’ but became the Olympics of terror. An extreme Palestinian group called Black September held 11 Israeli athletes hostage in the Olympic village while the world looked on, incredulous. Using extraordinary archive footage including the only surviving member of the Black September group, the film tells the dramatic story of what happened during those 21 hours in Munich.
''An inventive and gripping example of the genre... a true life account structured more like a race-against-the-clock conspiracy thriller ...a fast-moving, edge-of-the-seat story...snapping all the rules of stuffy documentaries...deserves to find as big an audience as any Hollywood multiplexer...A human tragedy laid bare, with powerful and at times painful immediacy"
TOM DAWSON, TOTAL FILM
''This chilling film won this year’s Oscar for best documentary, and rightly so. A true-life, ticking clock thriller which is as compulsive as it is harrowing.. a genuine big-screen event.''
''But what makes this a jaw-slackening expose of institutionalised incompetence so compelling... a meticulously researched and revelation-packed insight into the Games of Shame.''
"Startlingly original...a brilliant movie."
SIGHT & SOUND