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    Speilberg To Direct Munich Olympics Film

    LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who won his first Oscar for the Holocaust drama "Schindler's List," has taken on another tragic moment in modern Jewish history as his next project -- the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    Spielberg plans to start production in June and is eyeing actor Ben Kingsley for a role in the upcoming drama, which will chronicle the Summer Games marred by the kidnapping and slaying of Israeli athletes by Palestinian militants, a DreamWorks studio spokeswoman said Wednesday.

    In all, 11 Israelis lost their lives in the bloody 1972 tragedy, including nine hostages killed in a botched rescue attempt at a military air base outside Munich, all while Olympics officials carried on with the competition. Five of the gunmen and a German policeman also died. Three of the militants were captured alive.

    The specter of the massacre 32 years ago has haunted authorities in Greece preparing security for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Athens amid heightened concerns of potential attacks by extremists linked to the al Qaeda terror network.

    Details of the as-yet-untitled film have been kept shrouded in secrecy as Spielberg pins down European locations for the production, the studio spokeswoman said.

    She said the screenplay will be written by Eric Roth, who won an Oscar for his "Forrest Gump" script and was nominated for "The Insider." The film is to be released domestically by Universal Pictures, a unit of Vivendi Universal , and overseen by Spielberg's home studio, DreamWorks SKG. No release date has been set.

    It was not clear what role Kingsley might take. He previously co-starred in "Schindler's List," which earned Spielberg Academy Awards for best picture and best director. Spielberg won his second directing Oscar for the World War II film, "Saving Private Ryan."

    The Munich Olympics debacle also was the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary "One Day in September" (2000) as well as the 1976 television dramatization, "21 Hours at Munich."

    Spielberg was last in theaters with the caper film "Catch Me If You Can" and his next movie, "The Terminal," starring Tom Hanks as a Russian immigrant stranded in a U.S. airport, is due for release in June.

    After finishing the Munich Olympics film, Spielberg plans to direct a project titled "The Rivals," followed by a big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells' alien invasion tale, "War of the Worlds," starring Tom Cruise, Daily Variety reported.
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    In September of 1972 an unprecedented terrorist attack unfolded live before 900 million television viewers across the globe and ushered in a brave new world of unpredictable violence. It was the second week of the Summer Olympics, and in Munich, West Germany, the games that had been dubbed "The Olympics of Peace and Joy" were off to a rousing start. Without warning, an extremist Palestinian group known as Black September invaded the Olympic Village, killing two members of the Israeli Olympic team and capturing nine hostages. The tense stand-off and tragic massacre that ensued played out with stunning immediacy on television before an international populace and ended 21 hours later when anchorman Jim McKay spoke the haunting words, "They're all gone." Mourning the massacre and infuriated by its savagery, a young Israeli patriot and intelligence officer, Avner is approached by a Mossad officer named Ephraim who presents him with an unprecedented mission in Israeli history. He asks Avner to leave behind his pregnant wife, relinquish his identity and go completely underground on a mission to hunt down and kill the 11 men accused of masterminding the murders. Despite his inexperience, Avner becomes the leader of a team of four very diverse yet highly skilled recruits: the brash, tough, South African-born getaway driver, Steve; the German Jew Hans, who has a flair for forging documents; the Belgian toymaker-turned-explosives-expert, Robert; and the quiet, methodical Carl, whose job is to "clean up" after the others. Avner and his team circle the globe under a cloak of extreme secrecy, tracking down each man on a closely guarded list of targets and carrying out intricately plotted assassinations. Working outside the rubric of international law, adrift without home or family, their only connection to humanity becomes one another. But even that starts to fray as the four men begin to argue among themselves about the unsettling questions that just won't go away: "Who exactly are we killing? Can it be justified? Will it stop the terror?" The mission begins to tear at the souls of Avner and his team, and it becomes increasingly clear that the longer they remain on the hunt, the more they are in danger of becoming the hunted.
    2 hours 44 minutes Rated-R

    http://www.hollywood.com/movies/fulldetail/id/2442564

    I saw Munich this afternoon. It is really interesting to compare the way the movie is described in the article lobeck posted about Speilberg directing it and in the blurb from hollywood.com. It's not really about the actual kidnapping and subsequent slaughter of the hostages. It's all about how Israel chose to retaliate and the effect of that choice around the world and on the man chosen to lead the mission. I know Speilberg has been criticized for doing a movie "based on real events." I thought it was depressing for what it had to say about the chances of there ever being lasting peace in the Middle East. I'd call the movie bleak if I had to use one word. I also thought as gripping as the first two hours were that the last 44 minutes dragged a bit. I'm glad I saw it though. The beginning of the movie includes clips from the ABC coverage of the Munich tragedy. Because I saw that coverage as a kid, it drew me right into the movie.

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    Was really looking forward to this film but the reviews I've read have been lukewarm to say the least. Now, not so sure if it's worth seeing!
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    We tried to see it last night... went a half hour before a 630 start time and it was sold out... the only sold out show at the multiplex.

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    Munich

    I swear I saw a thread for this before, but I can't find it now. Finally got in yesterday--it's been sold out 2 weeks in a row. Anyway, good, thoughtful, well acted, depressing...shows both Palestinians and Jews as wanting a "home" where there are only people like them and they feel safe. THe comparison is to Germans who have Germany. Not exactly a predicter of peace since both the Js and Ps want the same land.
    Makes me feel really lucky to be an American (and I'm sure the same applies to Canadians), where at least today most of us enjoy and feel safe having a mix of people around, and where most of our ancestors chose to come... not just born here and stayed here for 100 generations. (Yes, I know that doesn't hold for the Native Americans--altho they also trekked here at one point-- and for most African American ancestors of today's African Americans.) Just to pick a very mundane example, every time I spend a lot of time in small cities of Europe... or Asia or Africa... I get so bored with eating the same food all the time...really have to be in a very small town in the US for that to happen.
    Anyway, I had a question... I saw that Ciprian Hinds (sp?) was in it, but didn't catch what role he played, and apparently didn't recognize him. Anyone?

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    Ciaran Hinds played the guy in the team with glasses. The one found dead in bed. He was killed by the "honey trap" girl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Belfastgirl View Post
    Ciaran Hinds played the guy in the team with glasses. The one found dead in bed. He was killed by the "honey trap" girl.
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