Director: William A. Graham
Starring: William Holden, Franco Nero, Shirley Knight, Anthony Quayle, Richard Basehart, Noel Willman, Georg Marischka, Else Quecke, David Hess
More info: IMDb
Plot: A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? Nah.
I was 3 when this happened...just young enough not to remember the events but I did hear about it years later. Not knowing the outcome helps in cases like this. Had I know how this went down in advance it wouldn't hold up as well. It's bizarre seeing Holden (as American as you can get) playing a German. Nero brings a lot of weight to the role as the leader of the terrorists. He's great in everything. Good Lawrence Rosenthal score. As a whole, the picture is pretty good. I wasn't bored for a moment but then I wasn't exactly on the edge of my seat, either. THAT would have been nice and I found the level of tension on the soft side. I reckon that falls on the director, Graham. Of his 116 director credits on IMDb, only 6 were not for TV shows or TV movies. With that many credits it looks like he was a director for hire, someone who could get the job done on time and on budget. Still, it's an interesting film and one that would be a good introduction into the events of the Munich games in '72.