Spielberg movie worries Israeli secret agents

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 | 
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg is taking flak from the Jewish community and Israeli secret agents for not consulting people involved in the massacre of the Israeli Olympics team in Munich in 1972 for his upcoming movie. The film, which opens on Dec. 23, begins with the attack by Palestinian terrorists and focuses on Israel's secret service agents who pursued them. Israeli secret agents are upset that Spielberg did not consult them, that the screenplay is based on inaccurate sources and that the secret agents will be portrayed as conscience-stricken by their mission. Spielberg has spoken only once about the film: “Viewing Israel's response to Munich through the eyes of the men who were sent to avenge the tragedy adds a human dimension to a horrific episode that we usually think about only in political and military terms. By experiencing how the implacable resolve of these men to succeed in their mission slowly gave way to troubling doubts about what they were doing.”

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