One Day in September (1999) – Encore Review


“Suddenly the reality of what’s happening hits me.” – Gad Zahari

Number of Times Seen – Between 5 and 10 times (TV, DVD, 15 Jul 2013 and 6 Jun 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that shows the chain of events in the days before and during the tense hours of the hostage crisis which involved the capture of 11 Israeli athletes that came about as the Olympics were being held in Munich in 1972

My Take on it – This is a documentary that I saw not long after it came out and have been enthralled by it every time that I’ve seen it.

This is one of the best documentaries ever made IMHO because it is able to take us back in time and make us feel as if we are right there watching these events as they took place in 1972.

The way that the media covered this event was unprecedented at the time and it gives us an amazing perspective on one of the very first live televised terrorist events.

The events portrayed here show how terrorists were able to take 11 Israeli hostages captive and make demands for their safe release.

This film tries to get us into the mind-frame of all that occurred on that fateful day and doesn’t try to shy away from things or sugarcoat them in any way.

Some of the pictures shown here are quite graphic and they are meant to try and show how horrific things became as the events escalated.

The footage shown here is amazing and really helps capture the events as they happened and are able to keep the tension level high while also constantly bringing shocking information to the forefront.

This film was quite deserving of its win as Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars and remains one of the most captivating documentaries ever made.

Bottom Line – Amazing documentary that shows how things happened as the world watched terrorists kidnap 11 Israeli athletes during the Olympics. This film shows things as they were and doesn’t sugarcoat them at all and some parts of this film get quite graphic in their depiction of the actual events.  The footage that they were able to obtain for this documentary is amazing and helps capture the events as they were which in some cases is quite shocking to watch unfold. Very deserving of winning an Oscar for Bet Documentary Feature. Highly Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Kevin MacDonald finally managed to persuade the surviving terrorist Jamal Al Gashey to talk on camera after eight months of fitful negotiation and numerous aborted meetings in secret locations. Al Gashey specified certain conditions prior to their actual meeting in an Arab country insisting MacDonald was to travel alone, not to inform anybody where he was going and provide a wig and moustache for Al Gashey to disguise himself when in front of the camera. The interview piece used in the documentary was filmed by somebody Al Gashey trusted. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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