Sword Of Gideon Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.
An Eye for an Eye
Sword Of Gideon With the upcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s film Munich, I think it would be a good idea for many people interested in this subject to go out and find this gem (and little known) film to watch first.
There are a few films out there that I never tire of watching — this is one of them. This is an intelligent film that doesn’t gloss over the inner conflicts that each of the Mossad agents must struggle with while performing a “righteous act” for their country to avenge the murders of their fellow Israelis (the 11 athletes).
Moreover, the incorporation of a very well played Golda Meir and her reverberating quotes really bumps this movie up a notch in my view. The makers of this film could have easily sidestepped the decision makers roles, leaving it as a viewer assumption, but fortunately they did not.
This is not a campy “Delta Force” revenge movie from a Chuck Norris/Steven Segal genre of films. The Sword of Gideon challenges us to ponder the real and complex problems of ethics, righteousness, honor, and duty. I’ll be interested in seeing how much of this movie Spielberg leverages in “Munich.”
Tense, fascinating film with several chilling scenes
This tense, fascinating film details how men are recruited into the Israeli Mossad to search for and kill those responsible for the Munich Olympics murders. Also, we see how the men are pressured to stay in the group. Great acting and real locations make it all the more compelling. The morality of what they’re doing is questioned at several points, and we see some very chilling assasination scenes.
The ending is a bit of a let-down, but then since it is based on actual events . . . I am not Jewish but found this film to be suspenseful and very involving — a humdinger.