It should be noted that Rusesabagina has denied all of these accusations, and stands by the Hollywood version, in which the guy who played War Machine doesn't threaten to send refugees to their almost-certain death if they can't afford a hotel bill. In his words: "No survivor has said, 'He charged and kicked me out for not paying.'" That ... doesn't sound as good as it did in your head, dude.
Munich Ignores Multiple Civilian Murders
Munich is a thought-provoking and riveting thriller about Israel's response to the murder of 11 of their athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. The movie asks if we lose some of our humanity when we go after our enemies, because 9/11 and stuff. Some of Israel's supporters didn't appreciate this, and called out director Steven Spielberg for being too critical to the country in Munich -- even though it toned down the fucked-upness of the real events.
For starters, those future aliens who rescue Eric Bana at the end don't really exist.
The plot centers on the members of an elite squad of Mossad agents charged with tracking down and assassinating members of the group responsible for the Munich murders, Black September. It sounds like an emo band, but was a Palestinian terrorist organization. Even though the entire point of the film is addressing the moral ambiguity of sacrificing civilians in pursuit of these targets, it actually ignored some of the biggest clusterfucks in the real mission.
For instance, at one point, the group found one of the terrorists in Norway as he was exiting a bus with a pregnant woman, and killed him. The authorities tracked down the agents' license plate number and arrested them, but at least they got that filthy terrorist first, right? Nope. They shot the wrong guy. He wasn't even Palestinian -- he was a Moroccan waiter. The pregnant woman was his wife.
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"Oh man, our faces are gonna be soooooo red when this gets out."
That's less like Munich, and more like a super bleak Police Academy movie. An even more Police-Academy-esque moment that didn't make it into the movie: one hit was executed with two of the agents dressed in drag -- one of whom, Ehud Barak, went on to become Prime Minister in 1999.
According to our computer simulation, he looked exactly like Bette Midler.
In the movie, the mission just kind of fizzles out in a haze of disillusionment, whereas in real life, it ended with the Mossad agents successfully bombing the mastermind of the Munich killings, along with his four bodyguards. And three innocent bystanders. Oh, and they injured 16 people who happened to be nearby. Shit, if anything, Israel should be sending Spielberg money for cleaning up their reputation, not hurting it.
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