This afternoon I watched Munich, the new Steven Spielberg film about the aftermath of the 1972 attack on the Israeli Olympic team. The film was adapted by the wonderful Tony Kushner from George Jonas’s book, Vengeance. I may write a complete review, but I wanted to mention one interesting fact that you may not know: there’s another film adapted from Jonas’s book.
It’s called Sword of Gideon, and was a high-profile TV movie back in 1986. I watched it when it aired back then ( I believe it played over two nights) and have strikingly clear memories of it. For example, I remember a training scene in which the protagonists are being taught how to shoot. The instructor tells them to always shoot twice, saying something like “fum fum–never fum!” Later they go to assasinate someone using single-shot weapons disguised as bicycle pumps. One of them remarks “there’s only one problem–it only goes fum”.
I’ve been struck by the lack of reference to Sword of Gideon in articles and reviews of the new film. Presumably the Spielberg camp saw no advantage in referring to the earlier movie.