Sword of Gideon

Sword of Gideon is a 1986 Canadian television film about Mossad agents hunting down terrorists associated with the 1972 Munich massacre. It was first shown on the CTV Television Network in Canada as a four-hour miniseries and later on HBO in the United States. Directed by Michael Anderson and written by Chris Bryant, the film stars Steven Bauer and Michael York. The film is based on the book Vengeance by George Jonas, an account of the incident which has been criticized by some intelligence personnel as fictional, though because of its covert nature is difficult to prove or disprove. In some countries the book was titled Vengeance: Sword of Gideon, from which the movie title is drawn. The story was retold in the 2005 film Munich by Steven Spielberg.

Sword of Gideon
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Written byGeorge Jonas (novel)
Chris Bryant
Directed byMichael Anderson
StarringSteven Bauer
Michael York
Robert Joy
Laurent Malet
Peter Dvorsky
Rod Steiger
Lino Ventura
Colleen Dewhurst
Leslie Hope
John Hirsch
Cyrielle Clair
Linda Griffiths
Daniel Alfie
Hrant Alianak
Sonia Benezra
Music byGeorges Delerue
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersDenis Héroux
John Kemeny
Robert Lantos
ProducerGeorge Jonas
CinematographyClaude Agostini
EditorRon Wisman
Running time173 min.
Production companyHBO Pictures
Entertainment One
Original networkHBO
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseNovember 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)


Avner, an adept Israeli military officer is selected as the leader of a Mossad team of expert agents for a covert mission to avenge the Munich massacre and other recent attacks. They are initially successful in their assassinations but as they progress it becomes harder and harder to find their targets and they themselves are targeted with varying success by their enemies. With Avner and Jean the driver being the only survivors the mission is called off. He wishes to retire from Mossad and rejoin the regular ranks of the IDF, but his case officer is reluctant to let his most valuable asset go.


Home mediaEdit

The film was released on VHS by HBO/Cannon Video under license from Home Box Office. However, HBO didn't own it and then in 2004 was released on DVD by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment. Currently, the film belongs to Entertainment One (formerly Alliance Entertainment).

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