One Day in September (1999)

rob challengeI Am usually the one to pick documentaries but Rob picked this one about the shocking events and the 1972 Olympic games.

logoDirector: Kevin Macdonald

Narrated By: Michael Douglas

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

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Important documentary

Story: One Day in September starts as it continues to go on by using achieve footage as we see Munich preparing for the 1972 Olympic games. We hear interviews from family members of the victims of the attack as they celebrate their lives and what they offered to the world. We also hear from one of the surviving terrorists as he explains about what had been with the training that they received.

We learn that German lower their security levels to appear friendly to the incoming nations as bridges were still built after World War II. September 5th after a successful games the terrorist headed for the Israeli athletes. The terrorists line up the Israeli once everything is calm the media catches on and this terrorist attack becomes the only talking point in the Olympics. What follows is the footage of the tragic event and the stories from the victims family’s.

One Day in September is a film that tells us the shocking true story that made the world stop during one of the my celebrated sports events in history. I feel this shows how far we have come with dealing with terrorism but it is still a problem we are dealing with today. I do feel that this is one to watch but I also think it was very difficult to put this together due to the sensitive subjects that would be used from real footage. It is a film that shows a shocking truth and should be watch. (8/10)

Director Review: Kevin MacdonaldKevin puts together a brilliant documentary about this tragic event that really should be watched by all. (10/10)

Documentary: One Day in September has to get top marks for documentary level because it mixes real footage with interviews to show how shocking the moments were.(10/10)

History: One Day in September tells an important story from history that shows what people have done for their beliefs. (10/10)

Suggestion: One Day in September is one to watch but I do feel the history fans will truly enjoy this. (Watch)

Best Part: Documentary style.

Worst Part: Having one of the terrorist involved.

Believability: This really happened. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: Won best Documentary

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Overall: Shocking but important documentary that should be watched.




  1. great review Darren. My one disagreement would be that there is a chance for tears because it is truly sad the way that this all played out 🙁

    • Thanks, It is hard to explain without coming off wrong about why i say no to tears, but when i watch documentaries about human stories unless i lived through it or had investment in the people involved, i tend to watch it as a tragic event but withdraw the emotional factor because i know how messed up humans can be. hope that makes sense as i know the events would be more personal to yourself.

      • I actually CAN understand what u mean. i guess ur right abt me being more emotionally involved here.

        makes total sense

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