Genre Grandeur – Sword of Gideon (1986) – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films, here’s a review of Sword of Gideon (1986) by me

Thanks again to Keith of Keith Loves Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.

Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dell!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“For this reason more than anything I hate the terrorists,: they’re forcing our sons to become killers.” – Golda Meir

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Cable on premier night in ’86, video, 2 Sep 2000 and 29 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After 11 Israeli Olympic athletes are murdered by terrorists at the Munich Olympics, the Israeli secret service sends five men on a mission to find and kill the men responsible for the attack.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing the night it premier on HBO back in the ’80’s.

Being Jewish, a friend of mine and I made sure that we would have a chance to see it even though it was a 3 hour film and we were just 12 years old at the time.

This film’s story is the based on the same novel that Steven Spielberg’s film Munich (2005) was based on and they do it so well.

One would expect it to be not as good as the Spielberg production but even with a lower budget, they are able to give us such an impactful and emotional story that has parts that still bring tears to my eyes even after having seen this film numerous times.

The cast of this film is also great with most of them being pretty unknown actors but Steven Bauer, Rod Steiger and Michael York are all great here.

This film does an amazing job of showing how thin the line can be between murder and revenge and even if those taking action are patriots, the repercussions of such events can be staggering to anyone.

Things i=in the spy business are never very clear cut as one would expect.

The musical score of this film is also amazing because it allows us to feel the emotion in so many of the scenes.

This is an amazing tale of what can happen when patriots are turned into avengers.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of the events that are also the basis for the film Munich (2005).  This may be a smaller production, but it still has the same kind of impact as the version filmed by Spielberg. The cast is great with Bauer, Steiger and York all great along with the lesser known actors playing other key characters. They do an amazing job showing the thin line between murder and revenge and we see that things are never as clear cut as one would expect.  The music helps with the tone of the story and this is a story about what can happen to patriots when they are turned into avengers. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As referenced by Gen. Harrari, there were 17 Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico, together with 8 Israelis and 1 Canadian, killed on May 30, 1972, at Lod Airport, now Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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