One Day in September (1999) - Documentary, History, Sport

Hohum Score

16

Watchable

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

IMDB: 7.9
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer
Length: 94 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 6 out of 62 found boring (9.67%)

One-line Reviews (31)

I learned a little more about a few of the Israeli athletes but the interview with the only surviving terrorist was actually quite pointless.

Contentious, exciting and full of dread.

My amazement had more to do with the events depicted than with the film itself, but all in all I highly recommend it.

Strangely poor documentary of compelling subject .

There are points, too, where he lets grainy footage of certain tense moments roll on for much too long, in ways that get a little dull and also don't advance the story.

Other than these minor complaints, I thought the documentary was stylish, fascinating, and well paced.

Furthermore, it gives us little more than a glimpse of the terrorists' motivations, feeding the impression that we're watching a piece of propaganda that is - without a doubt - well executed.

Gripping and Well Put Together .

I would opine that this scene is pure, manipulative propaganda.

A documentary based on the seizure of members of the Israeli Team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games could have been an informative, intriguing piece exploring the complexities of the Middle Eastern conflict.

Intriguing, Tense, Compelling .

However, the subject itself is so dramatic, the repeatedly pathetic reaction of the German police so astounding, that the film is still compelling to watch.

This documentary provides an excellent and compelling background, preparing you for the Munich movie coming soon.

Within days a nearly empty German airliner bound from Beirut to Frankfurt is hijacked by Arab terrorists who demand and obtain the release of the 3 terrorists in custody.

I can only agree on what most of the user comments here have pointed out: Notwithstanding the thrilling and gripping style - great editing for instance - in which the events are presented, the film as a whole is fairly questionable because of its undeniable intention to bash the Germans and their police force for what happened while at the same time refusing to investigate into other directions.

It really is a gripping piece of work, with no sides taken in delivering the true story of what happened that fateful day in September.

As you leave the cinema the viewer is left with an empty feeling and a desire to find out more about the real facts.

The build-up is brilliant, the interviews with relatives are gripping and often heartbreaking.

I found this film, with its blurred boundaries between thriller and documentary, rather compelling and hard to look away from.

Too often Kevin McDonald tries too hard to make slick, entertaining Hollywood-style drama out of this incredibly sad story and commits the "Hey, Ma--look at me!

However, in order to understand the reactions of the German government, the Israeli government, the media and the Olympic Games' fans and participants, the film discusses the German desire to create the atmosphere of peace to erase the stigma of the 1936 Olympics, then full of Fascist propaganda.

It is unbearable.

Despite its flaws, One Day is an excellent documentary, as riveting as it is depressing.

As the 30th anniversary approaches, this compelling film should be re-released to theaters as a reminder to those who have forgotten, and a lesson to those born afterward as the OTHER dark day in human history that happened on a day in September.

Instead of presenting a political diatribe or a hate machine or a propaganda film, this documentary sticks to the facts, presented chronologically for the main part, and leaves the viewer to draw any conclusions.

"A Day in September" is a compelling and intriguing documentary on the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics in which Arab terrorists took 11 members of the Israeli team hostage.

What the audience ends up with is a piece of all too obvious propaganda which leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and only succeeds in reducing your sympathy of all involved.

As it ends one has the sense that one has just watched an incredibly important historical event presented in a way that makes it seem confusing and boring.

"One Day in September," the companion film to Simon Reeve's book of the same title, is a shocking and gripping account of the Palestinian terrorist siege that took place at the 1972 Olympics at Munich.

"One Day In September" is a gripping movie, unfortunately it is full of false allegations and - plainly - lies and manipulations of truth.

To make a drama based on these events might be dismissed as merely bad taste, but to pedal such an emotionally manipulative piece of propaganda as documentary, as reflecting the truth of this tragedy is sooo dodgy!