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Munich

Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language.

R In Theaters 12/23/2005 , 164min.
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Plot & Details

Much as Steven Spielberg followed 1993's special-effects blockbuster Jurassic Park with a far more downbeat and personal project later the same year, Schindler's List, in 2005 after tearing up the box office with War of the Worlds the director closed out the year with a powerful and thoughtful drama about the human costs of international terrorism. The 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, were supposed to be a peaceful gathering of outstanding athletes from around the world, but on September 5, the games took a sinister turn when eight masked Palestinian terrorists invaded the Olympic village, killing two Israeli athletes and abducting nine others. The kidnappers demanded safe passage out of Germany in addition to the release of Arab prisoners in Israeli and German prisons, but when they arrived at the Munich airport they were met by German police and military forces, and in the melee that followed, all nine hostages were killed. In the wake of the killings, the Israeli government gave Mossad, the nation's intelligence agency, a special assignment -- to track down and eliminate the Palestinians responsible for the death of the Israeli athletes. A young and idealistic Mossad agent (Eric Bana) is assigned to the four-man unit created to wipe out the Olympic terrorists, but while he believes in serving his country, as their bloody work goes on he begins to buckle under the weight of his work and wonders if he can morally justify his nation's acts of revenge. Munich also stars Geoffrey Rush, Daniel Craig, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Ciarán Hinds.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Kathleen Kennedy Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Barry Mendel Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Kahn Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Steven Spielberg Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Tony Kushner Nominated

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama Michael Kahn Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

Kansas City Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Kansas City Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2005 Kansas City Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2005 Kansas City Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
2005 Kansas City Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner Nominated

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